Day 80: Mon 15 Sep 2014: Hollybrook Treetops Adventure, Lilydale, Tasmania
Today was another excellent day. After another excellent cooked breakfast made by our host Janie, we drove over to Treetops, which is only 30 minutes away. It's a state forest with several distinct sections. There's pine plantation forest and native gum forest. A quick history lesson from the guides was interesting. It was settled in the 19th century and cleared for farmland. Oak and Ash trees were planted at various times and some are still there. The Ash are really small for 80yo trees. They were planted by a tennis racquet company.
Anyway, they harness you up and off you go up the trees. There were about 7-8 sections of cable joining platforms that have been set up in the trees. It cross a river gorge at one stage and then turns and runs directly over the river for several hundred metres. The highest platform is 23m, the longest single span is 400m. Many off the trees are >50m high. At the end, they got you to cross a short span without holding on at all and deliberately swinging wildly sideways. There were a few moments of fear. Excellent fun. This was basically Jasper's idea. He originally wanted to do it in Cape Tribulation but we skipped that. Good call. They took photos and had a Go Pro which provided some fun footage we were able to buy.
On the way back into town, we stopped at an op shop as the kids request. They have really embraced the bargain hunt of the op shop. Everyone got something: A a hat, J some belts, me a CD.
Then on to the museum. I had intended taking the kids to many museums during the trip but that didn't really happen. So I was not persuadably when they complained about this idea. And guess what? It was great and everyone had at least some fun. There was a large display of wildlife photos including some by children and they were awesome. The wildlife photographer of the year competition by BBC and National Geographic. One showed a 3200yo sequia tree in north America taken by a guy using 126 photos collected over 6 months and stitched together. There were whale sharks and hunting ospreys and crocodiles. I would have liked to spend more time. Then on to the interactive science section where they guys made electricity by turning a wheel to try to 'win' a jaffa. The museum shop was selling real fossils. A, J and C bought one each, with great excitement: 180 million yo ammonites.
On to the royal park in the middle of town. By now it was a bit cold and everyone was flagging. A and C practiced their photography trying to capture black swans.
A simple meal of sliced fruit, celery and carrot together with cheese, sparkling Tasmanian Chardonnay for the adults and Ice Tea for the children in front of the fire while admiring the Launceston skyline finished off the day.