16 Dec. 2016 – Day 13: Launceston to Melbourne

Our last day in Tasmania.

We took a last drive around Launceston, finally visiting the church we saw while driving a day or two ago. It’s the Church of the Apostles (RC), built in 1864, but its slender spire was not built till a century later (bad photo, can’t get the spire here).

Had a super short visit to Cateract Gorge, which is about 1km behind the church, up on a hill. It is a lovely place that requires more than just 15mins to appreciate. That was how long we stayed before leaving for the airport.


The drive to the airport was incredibly short, even to the petrol station nearest to the airport. We had to top up the tank to the brim before returning the car. We made good time and even had some time to browse at the shops before our departure.

Tasmania is a really beautiful island. It has the cleanest air, by far. If I have maybe another 3 days, I would had covered the Huon Valley, and that would complete my tour of the island.

Thank you, Tasmania, for being such a wonderful and beautiful island, and for giving me such an incredible experience of driving auto-gear up and down the slopes and sides of hills. I shall take the experience of such a drive when I tackle my next road trip.

😉
~~ Back to Melbourne, where the temperature was steadily climbing.

Got our hotel shuttle via StarBus from the airport and checked into Hotel Sophia on King Street. Since we still had time, I brought the Aunt and Uncle using the free Circle Tram, near Southern Cross Station. The variety of food at the food court there was rather bleah. 😞
We had a joy ride, before finally getting off at the stop near Parliament. They wanted to find out where we can go for Sunday Mass so I brought them to St. Patrick’s Cathedral ☘️ behind Parliament Gardens.

We called it a night after taking the tram back to Elizabeth Street/Bourke Street and changing to another tram, and a short walk later, bringing up back to the hotel.

Zzzzzz… 😴

 

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7 Dec. 2016 – Day 4: Warragul

Took the train 🚞 down from Flinder’s Street Station to Warragul in Gippsland, East Victoria, to visit another family friend, a 1hr 30mins long ride. And to our sunrise, another family friend joined us for lunch! Didn’t see them for almost 10 years now, since our last trip this way. 

It was a simple homely lunch but the company was great. We had lots to talk and catch-up on. Hour after hour after hour, and soon, it was time for us to take the 4:57pm train back to Flinders Street. 

How to take the train: get a myki card. It’s $6 for the card itself and you just top it up with whatever amount you want. It can be used on all three modes of transport; train, tram, and bus. There is no refund on the card itself, only the balance, if you are a foreigner. Ask the information counter at the train station for the address to get your balance back. Otherwise, the card is a little souvenir for your stay in Victoria.

Here’s my photo of being on the other side of the station.

Till the next post!