Our next destination was the town of Stanley, about 230km north-west of Launceston.
The road leading to the town was of good quality, with plenty of stopping places to view the ocean and scenery.
The town is located on the base of the ‘Nut’, an(other) extinct volcano, which the first peoples called Munatrik.
We continue on our drive around Tasmania by driving across the top of Northern Tasmania. We had a few stops in a few towns. Like Ulverstone, where there was some nice old architecture.
And we strolled on the beach, which faced the Bass Strait.
We then continued east to the town of Penguin, known for, well, you know what. There were plenty of penguin paraphernalia in the streets, and this wonderful giant Christmas penguin (we visited in early December).
We didn’t stay overnight in these towns, instead we headed to…
That’s all from Launceston, but it’s the beginning of our drive around Tassie.
The next morning we made our way north along the Tamar Valley and stopped at the little town of Beaconsfield. It was up until 2012 a gold mining town. A mine collapse in 2006 contributed to its end.
The town was founded in the mid 1800s and was quite a prosperious place. Now it houses the Mine & Heritage Centre.
Being a town founded in the 19th Century, there were quite a few Victorian era buildings.
But in the Mall, there were quite modern sculptures of our favourite extinct marsupial, the thylacine, aka. the Tasmanian Tiger.
We saw lots of representations of the thylacine in Launceston, and saw more exhibits in Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. In the museum we came upon this little quote.
And another amusing quote we found in the museum, very relevant for some people I know.