Cairns residents holiday in Tassie
Oak Tree Retirement Village Cairns Residents felt like a climate change and headed down south to Tasmania for a road trip catching some wonderful sites.
Resdient Don Kerr share's his account of the journey:
"Ten residents from Oak Tree have just returned from a trip to Tasmania. It was a full on trip. We had to leave Oak Tree at 4:00 AM to catch a 6:00 AM plane. Even on the first day we did a tour of Hobart and the town of Richmond, which has the oldest bridge in Australia, then up to Mt. Wellington where we experienced a cold windy view of Hobart.
The next day was to Port Arthur and a tour of the Isle of the Dead to be told stories of the people buried there, returning to Hobart after seeing the blowhole and the devil's marbles.
The next day was a trip to the Cadbury's Chocolate Factory with some free samples and the chance to buy as much as you wanted. From there we travelled to Queenstown, stopping at Derwent Bridge to see the Wall in the Wilderness, a series of 3 metre Huon Pine wood carvings, depicting life in the Tasmanian Wilderness, and there onto Queenstown. Queenstown really showed the scars from the mining that occurred there in the early days.
The next day was a trip to Strahan and on board the "Eagle" for a trip on Macquarie Harbour. We had a guided tour around Sarah Island, the first convict settlement in Australia. Then we went up the Gordon River and had a walk through the forest.
The next day was a visit to Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, one of the most well known views in the northern part of Tasmania, we had lunch at the Cradle Mountain Chateau, then onto Stanley, on the North West of Tasmania.
From there, next day we travelled to Launceston, going through Wynyard, Burnie and stopping for lunch at Sheffield, which is well known for the painted murals on the buildings. We then visited Belgium Chocolate Heaven and the Ashgrove Cheese factory.
In Launceston, there was the opportunity to have a sky rail trip across Cataract Gorge, before going to our motel for the evening.
Our next visit was to the little town of Grindelwald, built on the same lines as a Swiss village of the same name and that afternoon, a trip along the Tamar River with some wine tasting.
On our final day we visited Longford and were shown through an old house built by the Archer family, had lunch there. We stopped at Evandale, the place of Penny farthing racing, before going to Launceston Airport for the trip home.
Apart from a few health problems, we had a good time together and enjoyed the company with the other people who joined us in Brisbane."