Tassie Adventure Day Eight

Thursday, 27 August 2009

On Day Eight of our Tassie adventure, we started out at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. Such a superb establishment for such a small town!

There is much to see here and the kids loved it all - the planetarium, the dinosaurs, the train exhibition and the amazing Phenomena Factory, where the kids got to go upside down in a tunnel (without really going upside down) and see science and its wacky ways at its best. There was even a robot...

...and outside in the courtyard, the kids could whisper into these cool devices and be heard metres away!

There is an exhibition on the history of sport in Australian (considerable) and the dinosaur exhibit is small but entrancing for wee ones. Then there's the massive train shed with interactive models to jump in and choo choo down an imaginary rail line. There's even a stunning café - a converted rail carriage - where you can sit and sip in the winter sunshine.

After all that, we went wandering along near Launceston Cataract Gorge where the river was icy.

Then on to the nearby Penny Royal World where you will find many old worlde attractions the kids will love. You can go on a barge ride through the gunpowder mills, take the no.16 tram or visit the gunpowder, corn and wind mills. Sadly the attractions are currently closed - I remember going here as a kid and loving it.

The accommodation is still open, as is Gourlay's Sweets Shop, where you can see chocolates and old fashioned candy being made.

After a tumble of sweets including this delectable (above right) candy-coated coconut ball, we headed off for coffee near the water at a gorgeous café with sunny, watery views, where we gobbled French toast and sipped coffee and juice and just hung out like fat, contented cats.

After watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at the cinema, we wandered around the Mall where the kids played on giant 'cushions'.

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