This is the last installment of the series, Exploring Tasmania, Australia. The series appeared on the KiasuParents forum first. It has been reblogged on Oblique / Travel with permission from the writer JR. The first article of the series can be found here.
Day 11 – Launceston
It was our last full day in Tasmania. After breakfast, we drove for about half an hour to Hollybank Forest’s Trees Adventure at Underwood Park (not to be confused with Hollybank Treetops Adventure which is the zipline activity). We had been to other similar trees adventure in Shah Alam, Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia but my son said he felt this was the best. It had the most fool-proof safety equipment. There were 6 colour coded course with increasing difficulty. We decided to skip the easiest “Yellow” course and tackled the others instead. We felt that the “Green” course was quite ok and the obstacles on the two “Blue” courses were quite challenging. I found the tree climbing and net obstacles tough. The “Red” course was really difficult while we didn’t have time to complete the hardest “Black” course. It was an exciting 2 hours and my son remarked that this was his favourite activity in Tasmania.
Some of the obstacles at Trees Adventure
One of the difficult obstacle in the “Black” course that we didn’t get to do
We had lunch in Lilydale before going back to the motel to rest. We arrived at Cataract Gorge at 5pm and found out that parking is free after 5pm. The chairlift ride provided a nice overview of the Gorge. We saw several wallabies and peacocks near the Interpretation Centre. We did the Cataract Gorge Walk up to the lookout. There were people jogging along the narrow path, as well as a rugby team doing their training at the field next to the public swimming pool. The view from the suspension bridge was very nice too.
View from the chairlift at Cataract Gorge
View from Cataract Gorge Lookout towards Kings Bridge
The cafe at Cataract Gorge was closed. As we preferred Chinese food, we settled for Canton Restaurant. The duck dish was quite nice and the waiter happened to be a Singaporean student. Small world indeed. After dinner, we took a walk to the Princes Square nearby.
Nothing much for the day except a 20 minutes drive to the airport after breakfast. We parked the car in the designated car park for Budget car rental and returned the keys and GPS to the counter at the airport terminal. It was a simple process. With that, we completed our adventure in Tasmania and off to Melbourne for a few days.