|The business? "Cash advance centre" IMO not a loss|
And there is true political theatre, a satirist ran as "Fast Freddie" and campaigned on killing off the iconic Tasmanian Devil, turning the top 300 meters of Mt. Wellington into a duty free zone, and other "outrageous" policies to address Tasmania's problems.
The helpful staff at Launceston's Tourist Information Center suggested hiking in Cataract Gorge that was short drive out of town. We had no trouble finding the gorge; it is a major recreational area with well manicured lawn, peacocks, and a swimming pool. After the long Rocky Cape hike we wanted something less stressful. The name alone of the Zig Zag Track was enough to keep us off that trail. The Duck Reach Trail sign suggested that we might have a challenging walk. We were wrong. The trail was good with a sturdy fence between the trail and the gorge. A hiker we met on later hike accurately described it as a pleasant walk
|A view from the trail|
|A tight squeeze|
The pipe pictured below was the end of a 850 meter tunnel drilled through rock to provide water to the power station.
|The only wildlife we met on the trail|
|Another view from the trail|
|Perhaps a marsh harrier - it wasn't about to give us a close look|
|Bindweed - a threatened species in Tasmania|