We're back in camp tonight after a day where we teamed up with another camp company to do our full-day electives. The options were quite hard to choose between. They all involved getting up close and personal with more Tasmanian wilderness. For bushwalking fans, there was a choice of a caves/beach walk or a mountain walk. For people into shorter walks, there was a trip to the Tarkine region to visit some waterfalls and rainforest. I teamed up with a bus load of people looking for some thrills in the Launceston area.
Launceston was a bit over an hour from camp. Just as we approached the city centre, the bus turned left, drove up through some houses and then suddenly we were in the spectacular Cataract Gorge. Here we dropped some people off who were going to ride the 457m long Basin Chairlift and then laze around the first basin, cliff grounds and swimming pool. The other bus then went a different direction, headed towards cable hang-gliding. Our bus drove through Launceston to the Hollybank Treetops Adventure.
Once we arrived, there was a briefing session then we went out to the first trial run. That was only just above the ground to see if we would cope (as if we wouldn't!). After that, the cable runs got higher, longer and faster until. One of the final spans, not only crossed the Pipers River 60 metres below the flying fox, but it also ran 400 metres along the river valley. That's the biggest set of flying foxes I've ever heard of let alone been on. Like the mountain bikes, this activity cost extra but I would say it was worth it.
After Hollybank, we headed to the other side of the Tamar Valley to Beaconsfield and Beauty Point where chose between touring the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre to relive the 'great escape' or visiting Seahorse World. Most people had heard the tragedy of Larry Knight and the miracle of Todd Russell and Brant Webb so most people went to Beaconsfield.
After dinner tonight, our evening programme was a relaxing social night within our own camp company. Tomorrow is the last full day at camp and we've been promised an easy day after the hectic programme so far. The best bit will be a sleep in. I'm looking forward to that!