Launceston to Launceston

Sheffield’s Murals
  • Launceston 20th April 2013
On my second attempt to leave Launceston my route is better planned. I take a minor road (the old highway) which follows the newer Bass Highway.
Old furnace letter box
Another cracking letter box. An old industrial boiler.
My first stop is Hadspen.
Not sure where I’m heading, just west!
One place though I’m interested in visiting is a town called Bracknell. When my parents moved back from Ghana we settled in Bracknell, Berkshire, England. So always nice to visit a name-sake. Also gives one a direction.
The Mill
As I arrive in Bracknell a Aussie rules football game is about to kick-off.
I get myself a hot dog and take a pew. Seems to have five referees and bedlam everywhere. Looks a mix between proper football and rugby!
Aussie rules football. Bracknell
I’m out of Bracknell before I remember I should’ve filled up with water.
I call into a house on the Cluan road. Knock on the door. The women of the house carols three little people away from the door not knowing what kind of feral person is loitering outside. The man of the house opens the door. Firstly defensive, but soon relaxes as he realises I’m quite harmless!
Camp spot amongst fir trees.
With my full quota of water I soon find a spot hidden in rows of pine trees, not too far up the road. As before, listen for traffic, then scurry everything in quickly.
Art piece
Deloraine is a pleasant town, with an informative tourist shop.
One thing I do find is a cycle map for The Great Western Tiers Cycling Trails. Looks like I’ve already cycled part of it accidentally from Hadspen, Carrick, Bracknell to Westbury. Must say its all pretty good, it’s flat!
Meander high street
My next route takes me to Meander on the ‘Great Caves Ride’.
Meander is very quiet. With a community hall supplying clean toilets and an abundance of running water I pitch my tent under the corrugated roof of the Meander cricket clubs’ pavilion.
Meander cricket pavilion
A few twitching looks from locals, but just act as if you’re suppose to be their then no-one bats an eye-lid. Wave, shout hello, they all back off!
Road out of Meander
The day starts overcast and doesn’t really improve.
Letter box
By the time I reach Mole Creek around lunch time the rain has slowly started to fall heavier. With this, I settle into a shelter next to the road for a long lunch hoping for the weather to improve.
It doesn’t.
Mole Creek
So after a trawl through town, I pick my night’s camping spot.
Camping. Mole Creek
The weather doesn’t abate most of the night.
Out of the weather. Mole Creek
But fortunately its a fresh spring day in the morning.
Farm land
Once out of Mole Creek I cycle through the Meander valley, and then start the arduous climb over the Cog range.
Obviously a dangerous road for the car driver! A good way to remind other drivers.
The below photo doesn’t do the gradient of the Cog range justice.
Big climb over Cog Range
Now starting to feel I’m in need of new shoes shortly. Even had to cut the strap off as the other one had broken too! Soles are also worn too.
Shoes seen better days
The quality of the road surface is second-to-none. #impressed.
Paradise road bridge
A tranquil river running under the Paradise road.
Tassie For Sale
$300,000 for Tasmania. Bit of a bargain!
Mount Rowland
Mount Rowland off to my left, and the famous Cradle Mountain range will be over the other side. This I’d visited on my round-the-world travels back in 2001.
Junction to Cradle Mountain
I was tempted to take the left option and re-visit Cradle Mountain, but with it showing 59 km’s I was weak and took the easy option, right it is!
Sheffield fruit mural
Must say I didn’t know what to expect from Sheffield and it’s murals. Very impressed.
I call into the tourist centre to top-up my gadgets, again! My story interests the ladies of the centre. Especially me making lunch outside and brewing a coffee. Brought a sparkle into their day and a bit of fun for me!
Sheffield Tassie Tiger mural
One endangered species (Tasmanian Devil) and one that is extinct (Tasmanian Tiger Thylacine).
Sheffield skate park
Even the skateboard park is colourful.
Sheffield steam train mural
The old Sheffield railway station.
Further murals can be viewed within my Flickr account.
Not long out of Sheffield I find my home for the night.
This pine forest has an abundance of red toad stools (Fly Agaric). Through natures signals I’m not going to eat!
Preparing ground
First thing is to level the ground out for my tent. Not having a level ground makes for an uncomfortable nights sleep.
Harvested pine forest
The first local I meet in the morning is an Echidna. They only live in Australia and New Guinea.Echidna
Once again a reminder of the hazards of driving.Crash markers
I’m greeted by a smile as I approach Kimberley.
Happy face
Tin can man
And perhaps one of may favourite symbols on my travels. A tin-man on a bicycle.
My quick journey west has now brought me back to Deloraine. This time I spend a bit more time and take in the local area.
Deloraine chruch
St Mark Church, Deloraine.
Leaving Deloraine I head out to my first wild camp spot on the Cluan road again.
Lion guardCamping
Not quite the same spot as before but on the same road. Last night of wild camping and its a good’en!
Last wild camp spot Tasmania
With a full moon I spend some time trying to get a good photograph. Did manage also to catch an aircraft transitioning through the nights skies.
Full moon with passing aircraft
Need to work on my night shots! Bit more ambient light required.
Fence jumping
Leaving my location.
Long road
Roads long and flat. Easy riding.
Stopping at the Hadspen recreational, cricket ground for a spot of lunch. Get that fat on board!
Hadspen recreation park
Looking rather weathered. That’s wild camping for you.
Touring man
Starting to look a tad feral!
Arriving back at the campsite and looking forward to those hot showers again.
Treasure island park
Nothing much happens over the next few days while I wait for my flight to Melbourne.
In that time I enjoy my visits to the supermarket and splash out on good food. Morning tea
Nippy mornings enjoyed with a morning cuppa.
Treasure Island camp spot over looking Launceston
Priority is picking up a bike box. Luckily a shop is only down the road and not too far to drag up to the campsite. Fortunately the weather holds-off making life pleasant for this packing malarkey.
Bike dismantleAll boxed up
Finally my hard working shoes have done their time and in the bin they go. No point carrying extra weight on the flight and have ordered a new pair for my return to the UK.
Retiring my shoes
If your on the search for a good touring shoe, you can’t go far wrong with these. These have lasted over three years with continual use. Gearne Vega
City Park, Launceston
Enjoying the highlights of City Park.
Evening view over Launceston
My pitch does have probably one of the best views out over Launceston. Lie back, listen  to podcasts and watch over busy bees thriving over their town.
I leave Tasmania feeling re-energised, which is good considering the long flights back to the UK.
What a cycle journey that has been!
  • Launceston 29th April 2013 – 267 km’s
A review of my cycle journey can be found on the next post..


Wild/stealth camping spots can be viewed when zooming in on each location. Also click on the icon for a photo and another click on the photo will open it up in Flickr.


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You can click on each photo for an enhanced Flickr view or the above Flickr slideshow for further photos for this post.

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