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Mmm, chocolate...

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Our first full day in Tasmania started with a tour of the Cadbury's chocolate factory, just outside Hobart. Naturally, this is not the original (which is in Birmingham) but does supply the Australian chocoholics with their fix.
We spent a couple of hours on a tour of the factory and helped ourselves to whatever free samples came our way. At the end of the tour, we were given the opportunity to buy at outlet prices; suprisingly, we restrained ourselves and left with a mere 2 bottles of water!
After this, we got on the open road for the drive to Launceston. We had planned to travel via the Great Lake but a quick guestimate identified a travel time of 5 hours or so. Although we are on holiday to chill out etc, we did have some commitments for today (getting to a bank for one), so we couldn't really afford the time. As such we detoured to Sorrel Lake, with the plan of stopping at the town of Interlaken (I guess they were Dutch colonists that settled there) for lunch.
I guess five years of Sydney living has spoilt us, as we found Interlaken to be a single house and nothing else. Nevertheless, we parked up & spent the lunch alongside the lake (eating the sarnies from yesterday's inflight meal).
We finished the journey to Launceston and checked ourselves into a dodgy backpacker hostel (where I am writing this from, on my pocket PC). Having done that, it was a walk along Cataract Gorge and a pub dinner (way cheaper than last night!).
Who knows what tomorrow will bring...

Posted by jefranklin 16:00 Archived in Australia

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