Monday, May 6, 2013

Tasmania - Beaconsfield & Beauty Point

On the second day of our Tasmania trip
we woke up in our cottage to more lovely sunny weather.

Penfold Cottage in Launceston 
was clean and impressive,
newly-renovated, but not so cosy.
I never realised how much 
a lack of soft furnishings
makes for a noisy, unfriendly space.

It was well-priced, though, being in an industrial area.
We talk a walk down the street to Kings Wharf.

Next we headed up the Tamar River to Beaconsfield.

Beaconsfield is a mining town
and the scene of the Beaconsfield mine rescue in 2006.

We loved visiting the Mine and Heritage Centre,
which focuses on both local and mine history,
and has an exhibit featuring the rescue, also.
It was good to recall some of my high school geology,
learning about how mining is, and was, carried out.

These buildings were built to go over the mine shafts.
Now they are eerily empty.

We loved that the exhibits were so "hands on"

We girls got to try writing the old-fashioned way
with pen and ink.  

We played an organ and made some of the old mine equipment work.
We saw miles of scarves knitted by women 
all over the world after the mine rescue.

The girls were fascinated with the telephone history exhibit.

Laura's first time in a phone box?
Oh how things have changed.

It's a great museum, well worth the drive from Launceston.

After a picnic lunch in the nearby park 
we drove north to Beauty Point

and visited Seahorse World.

It was fascinating to learn about seahorses
and to see them at their different stages.

When we came out the weather was growing cold and windy
so we headed back, stopping again at Beaconsfield
where I put a piece of agate at a gemstone shop.

That night we ate out at a Thai restaurant at Launceston.

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