Australia Trip – Tasmania Day 1

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:

Sydney Airport Baggage Claim

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.

Sydney Airport Money Exchange Shop

We had a cup of coffee in Hudsons Coffee inside the airport departure hall. The Coffee was of high quality.

Sydney Airport Hudsons Coffee
Sydney Airport Hudsons Coffee
Sydney Airport hudsons coffee

Right next to Hudsons, there was an alehouse. Anyway, we didn’t want any alcohol in the early morning.

Sydney Airport Alehouse
Sydney Airport Alehouse

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”

Sydney Airport Virgin Australia Domestic Transfer

We checked in our luggage in the kiosk and took the shuttle to T2

Sydney Airport Virgin Australia Domestic Transfer

Arrived at T2, after the security check, you can see a big food court. A perfect option to kill time.

Sydney Domestic Airport T2
Sydney Domestic Airport T2 Terminal 2
Sydney Domestic Airport T2 Terminal 2 Food Court

Finally at 2:30pm, we boarded out plane to Launceston and started out beautiful Tasmania journey.

Virgin Australia Launceston

It was so exciting to view the border of Tasmania from the plane.

Tasmania Launceston
Virgin Australia Tasmania Launceston
Launceston Airport Tasmania
Virgin Australia Launceston Tasmania

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!

Launceston Airport Tasmania Bio Security
Launceston Airport Tasmania Bio Security

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.

Launceston Airport Tasmania Car rental corner

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.

Tasmania Launceston church Auldington Hotel
Tasmania Launceston church Auldington Hotel
Tasmania Launceston church Auldington Hotel
Tasmania Launceston church Auldington Hotel

This is the view from the balcony. A magnificent view of the Launceston City!

Tasmania Launceston church Auldington Hotel

There is a church nearby the hotel.

Tasmania Launceston church

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.

Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania

This is the board showing the start point of the track.

Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania

The King’s Bridge.

Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania

Cataract Gorge Reserve walking track is very pleasant.

Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania
Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania
Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania
Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania
Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania

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.

Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania zig zag track
Cataract Gorge Reserve Launceston Tasmania zig zag track

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.

King Bridge bar & restaurant Launceston Tasmania

This bottle of local Tasmanian James Boag Ale costed 10 AUD. And it tastes really good

King Bridge bar & restaurant Launceston Tasmania

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.

Cataract on Paterson Restaurant Launceston Tasmania
Tasmania Cataract on Paterson Restaurant Launceston menu
Tasmania Cataract on Paterson Restaurant Launceston menu

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.

Tasmania Cataract on Paterson Restaurant Launceston

Having waited the main course for moth than 45 minutes, we ordered some sweet potato chips to fill our stomach first.

Cataract on Paterson Restaurant Launceston Tasmania

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.

Cataract on Paterson Restaurant Launceston Tasmania tasmanian lamb

Tasmanian Eye Fillet. Same as what the menu stated, its soft with mild flavor which melted in my mouth. Excellent.

Cataract on Paterson Restaurant Launceston Tasmania tasmanian steak

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.

Tasmania Launceston at night
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