Launceston, Wine, Pigs and Penguins!
Apr 02, 2006
Apr 20, 2006
Where I stayed
Diamond Island Resort, Bicheno
Week two we headed back to Melbourne to fly to Launceston, Tasmania. Tasmania is definitely the jewel of the country--green, lightly populated, with rugged coastlines and splendid mountains. We liked Launceston--very quaint setting and surrounding countryside, but unfortunately for us we left seeing it until the day before we flew out. It was Good Friday and everything but a few restaurants was closed. The first full day in Tasmania we headed for the Wine Country - the Tamar Valley. We stopped at several, our favorite being Jansz Sparkling Wines. We first tasted Jansz on our anniversary in Sydney 2 years ago. Anyway we bought several bottles and actually consumed an Australian wine every night we were in Australia. We found some good ones. Continuing on we stopped at a pub in the middle of nowhere for some lunch and fed their Tasmania-famous pig, Priscilla, 2 bottles of beer! That night we stayed at a wonderful resort on the beach at Bicheno. On the shore, just outside, is a roosting area for the Australian Little (or Fairy) Penguin. These penguins grow to only about ia foot tall and are really cute. They are also often called Blue Penguins because of their slate-blue coloring. They only show up once it is dark and go back out to sea before dawn-but fortunately there was a night-walk, just outside our room, when they can be seen.