This was the first day of our holiday. We took a overnight flight from Hong Kong and arrived Sydney airport at around 9am. The airline that we took was the Qantas Airline. It’s seat was comfortable and the food was fine. Right hand side shows you the menu of our flight:
Finally, after more than 8 hours of flight, we arrived at the Sydney Airport.
Since we had a few hours for our next transit flight to Launceston TAS, we looked around the airport. The exchange shop in the Airport was outrageously expensive. The exchange rate AUD to HKD was 7 in the Sydney Airport. But in Hong Kong exchange shop, it was 5.9. I would never exchange money in Sydney Airport.
We had a cup of coffee in Hudsons Coffee inside the airport departure hall. The Coffee was of high quality.
Right next to Hudsons, there was an alehouse. Anyway, we didn’t want any alcohol in the early morning.
After having a coffee, we went to Virgin Australia kiosk in Terminal 1 for check in. The Sydney airport consists of 3 terminals. Terminal 1 is for international flights. Terminal 2 and 3 are mainly for domestic flight. To transit between these terminals, we need to either take the train or shuttle buses arranged by the airlines. Luckily, Virgin Australia provides shuttle services for their customer and you can find their counter at the end of T1. Look at the entry with a sign “Virgin Australia Domestic Transfer”
We checked in our luggage in the kiosk and took the shuttle to T2
Arrived at T2, after the security check, you can see a big food court. A perfect option to kill time.
Finally at 2:30pm, we boarded out plane to Launceston and started out beautiful Tasmania journey.
It was so exciting to view the border of Tasmania from the plane.
Under the lovely blue sky, we arrived at Launceston. It is crucial to remember that seafood, plant and seed etc should not be brought into Tasmania.
The Bio-security and their beagles will check everyone and their luggage for the prohibited or restricted items. Be aware!
The car rental counter is right next to the baggage pick up. This was also the location that we got our key, made the payment and collected the GPS. Redspot was our car rental company and they only allowed credit card payment. Please refer to my pre-planning post for further information about car rental in Australia.
Got the car key and go to the car park to take the car. The circled area below is the parking area that we pick up our car. We have found there are some scratches on the car. Therefore, we took a video of the whole car in order to protect us from any claim when we return it 7 days after.
It took us around 15 minutes of drive to Auldington hotel which is situated at the center of Launceston. There is balcony in the room! A very nice hotel and you can see the beautiful Launceston from the balcony. This hotel provides free parking service.
This is the view from the balcony. A magnificent view of the Launceston City!
There is a church nearby the hotel.
It takes around 15 minutes of walk to arrive at a walking track which starts at the king’s bridge. It walking track is easy and it leads you all the way to Cataract Gorge Reserve. Our hotel told us that it was the best way to visit Cataract Gorge Reserve as there were many marvelous view along the track.
The below photo was taken when I was standing on the King’s Bridge overlooking the start point of the walking track.
This is the board showing the start point of the track.
The King’s Bridge.
Cataract Gorge Reserve walking track is very pleasant.
It takes around 20-30 minutes of walk to complete this walking track. On the opposite side of the river, there is another walking track called zig zag track. This track is much more challenging. The entry of the track is next to king’s bridge near the Penny Royal Adventures.
Because we had reserved a table at the Cataract on Paterson for dinner at 8pm, there were around 30 minutes of spare time. We went to a bar nearby for a drink. This bar is called king’s bridge bar and restaurant.
This bottle of local Tasmanian James Boag Ale costed 10 AUD. And it tastes really good
Finally, we got the table at the Cataract in Peterson. Cataract in Peterson is famous in using the local Tasmanian ingredient. I captured its menu below.
Honestly, the food was nice but we were quite upset that we had waited for around 1.5 hour for it. This delayed delivery really impeded our schedule for buying groceries at Dan Murphy and Supermarket.
Having waited the main course for moth than 45 minutes, we ordered some sweet potato chips to fill our stomach first.
Tasmanian Lamb 35AUD. It taste very good and soft in terms of texture. I personally not prefer the gamy smell of lamb but this Tasmanian lamb is different. They did not have such unacceptable gamy smell.
Tasmanian Eye Fillet. Same as what the menu stated, its soft with mild flavor which melted in my mouth. Excellent.
Finally, we finished our long-waited dinner and headed to out hotel to see the sunset. What a peaceful, tranquil and beautiful city. I am in love with Launceston.