Day 6 – Thursday, 2nd October 2003
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Royal Gunpowder Mill is Launceston’s premier tourist attraction. [Info]
We arrived before opening time, so the chief lolly maker at Gourlay’s
Sweets (a part of the complex) entertained us. He turned boiling
sugar, water, liquorice flavour and colour into a hard sucking lolly.
Looked like very hard work, pulling and turning the cooling mass on a
large hook then pulling, cutting and rolling through shaping rollers.
We then inspected a working
mill and a
from which the view was lovely. [Photo1,
All of them were kept in excellent
condition. Hopped on the
Royal Tram that took us to the main attraction. When we entered we saw
sheer blue/grey cliff wall
with a waterfall acting as a backdrop to a scene taking you back to
we climbed to float into a darkened tunnel where we learnt about how
gunpowder and canons were made. Man’s ingenuity for creating weapons of
mass destructions knows no bounds. While we were on the barge a call came
through from the Spirit of Tasmania about a cabin upgrade going home.
Beauty, out came the credit card and the deal was done.
we enjoyed a short tour on a
sloop, in the Penny Royal Lake, it had small cannons on board, which
were fired with small charges for effect. Also, the operators lit charges
two canons, one
of which saw service at Trafalgar (two centuries ago).
This place also had a miniature
Dennison and the biggest rainbow trout we have ever seen in the
beautiful ocean green water of the lake. (Kept green with food colouring
to hide the leaves and debris on the bottom).
It was only a short walk from Penny Royal to
CBD; the girls needed a shopping fix. All the major stores were
represented and generally the heart of town is well kept. We had lunch in
the park opposite the Launceston Tafe on the banks of the Tamar River. A
well kept area with lovely
of the water, sailing boats and houses.
The next stop was Perth (no not WA) where the main
claim of fame is the
Factory. We tried sone free samples (we are cheap skates) and bought
honeycomb. If you haven’t ever eaten honeycomb, you are left with a
mouthful of wax, once the honey has dissolved, which you can keep as a
memento or throw away.
Longford is 5kms away from Perth where Sam bought a
new streetlight from a craft shop for the BBQ area. The owner is from NSW
and never used it for his BBQ area at $25 it’s a BARGAIN!
The next town Evandale really looked like a colonial
town in excellent condition. [Photo1,
Photo2] One of the
earliest water towers is still standing. [Photo,
is famous for holding the
Book of Records for the most number of penny-farthing bicycles ridden
arms in arm at once, 69, in 2001. [Pamphlet]
Back home again mum ironed the washing while the rest
of us went to Woollies to buy dinner. Foccacias (we put smoked ham, semi
sun dried tomatoes, cheese, olives and marinated mushrooms) and salads and
left over Chinese from last night. As long as you have a Woolworth’s
near by you can eat like kings.