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oday, we woke up early with the intention of heading to St Helen's on the North-east corner of Tasmania. Before getting there however, we decided to have a day of visiting waterfalls.
The first of these was Lilydale Falls, just outside the town of Lilydale (funnily enough). The tourist guide showed that it was easy enough to get to, so it should come as no surprise that we got hopelessly lost and ended up on a farmer's private road. We decided that rather than re-enact the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, we would beat a hasty retreat to the main highway. Five minutes later, we passed the correct turn off for the falls, and so went and visited them.
Before getting to the next falls, we stopped off at a lavender farm. It was the largest in the southern hemisphere at 150 acres or so, but to be honest unless you were a horticulturist (flower person, I should probably have said) or an old lady of 85 or something, it probably would not have been of any interest. Indeed, we saw one car arrive, the occupants take a brief look around and they chucked a U-ey (Aussie term for a U turn).
We headed off to the next destination: Ralph Falls. This was about 10 kms down C road, which to give an idea, is a road (just) that has never seen an ounce of bitumen in it's life and as such is a pretty bumpy ride in a city runabout like the car we had. There was a decent layer of mud covering the car at the end of the drive.
The falls themselves are the tallest single drop falls in Australia and are right next to a gorge that we decided to walk to. Walking to this, we passed over the feeder stream to the falls at which point Heather said:
"What a cheerful little brook, little does it know what fate awaits it further down." She then preceded to do an impression of some water finding the edge of the waterfall. It was pretty funny...
The final set of falls that we saw were called St Columba. Unfortunately, these had been closed to public access due to the risk of land slippage, but were still visible from afar. They were very impressive, even from that distance.
finally, we headed off to St. Helen's, stopping off enroute to visit a cheese Making factory, where we sampled their Wares. Naturally, Heather was pretty keen on buying a couple of blocks. I think that it may take some time before we have cut out unnecessary spending...

Posted by jefranklin 16:00 Archived in Australia

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