Day trip around the Tamar highway
Beaconsfield Travel Blog› entry 3 of 8 › view all entries
April 9th, 2008 – by: goezi
We left Launceston following the Tamar West Highway (on the West side right?) and headed up to Beaconsfield.
Beaconsfield is a place that had recently become world famous due to a mining disaster that saw two of the miners trapped underground for a couple of weeks.
It is a relatively small colonial town and doesn't take too much time to explore.
The main attraction is the mine itself which has a very interesting visitors center and museum (check out the review).
Directly across the road is a nice park with gardens and some reconstructed buildings offering a taste of life in earlier times.
Continuing along the highway, our next port of call was the "Platypus House" at Beauty Point (reviewed as well).
Ma and Margaret had already visited a place telling them a little about these little freaks of nature but they were interested to see what this place had to show as it was a much larger building and also had a display of Echidna.
We then drove a minute up the road and enjoyed a very good lunch at a rather nice cafe overlooking the river.
Backtracking the Tamar West Hwy to cross to the East, we were able to enjoy what we'd seen this morning from the opposite angle. We found the Batman Highway turnoff and headed East. We stopped across the Batman bridge and had a little look at a camping and picnic spot just on the Eastern side of the bridge over the river.
Tamar east is undergoing huge reconstruction and many of the intersections were being turned into huge interchanges. It had me baffled as we hadn't seen anywhere near the quantity of traffic that would justify the expenditure on roading systems like this but they must have had an eye on the future, and this was the main route South from the ports dotted on the banks of the Tamar ahead of us.
We went as far as Georgetown. We drove around the town and found somewhere to stop for a drink and a bite to eat for afternoon tea before we did an about face and headed back, South to Launceston, along Tamar East Hwy.
We came into the city as the sun sank below the horizon. Once again, our navigation hindered by false maps and poor light, we had more of a tour than we had wished for at this time of the evening.
Then it was back to the campground and some thoughts on dinner.
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