Myrtle Park, Tasmania

13 01 2013

Platypus Video

Myrtle Park is a lovely council owned camp group around 30km out of Launceston on the way to Scottsdale.  It is pretty much half way.  It’s situated on the St Patricks river and boasts to have trout and platypus.

We arrived New Years Eve hoping it to be a peaceful setting.  We were placed in the “overflow” area rather than in the busy by the river spots.  Plenty of people were in the same area as us, but plenty of room was available too – making it the peaceful place we were hoping for.

After packing up, travelling then setting up we were a little tired to participate in New Year celebrations and chose to make it an early one after a couple of rounds of cards.  There were a few expected hoorahs at midnight but other than that quiet in our area.

The next evening we went platypus watching and as mentioned before … we were delighted with the little creatures appearance.  There was plenty a trout jumping around as well.  We went two nights and both nights watched our little friend float and dive across his little patch of river.  I’ve popped a little video of him up the top of this blog … hope it works for you.

A day to Cataract Gorge in Launceston was an unexpected surprise.  We hadn’t heard of it before and two locals mentioned it to us.  We stopped on the highway (free parking) and did the 15 minute walk in along the gorge.  It was quite amazing and then at the end was picnic areas, peacocks and a patrolled public swimming pool.  We had our picnic lunch, donned the swimmers and lasted about 10 minutes in the pool.  The wind came up and was FREEZING – the next day was the heat wave of 30 degrees plus!

Overall our time at Myrtle Park was very enjoyable.  They hired fire places and had wood, which we used to bake a cake in our camp oven.  There was amply water, hot showers, flush toilets, BBQ’s, camp kitchen, cricket pitch, grass ovals, play park and friendly caretakers all for $6 per night (wood extra).  We’d recommend the place to everyone!

Oh I must share the funny quote of the week:

Natasha is sitting outside the showers waiting her turn … girl comes along and sits next to her and says:

Girl:  How old are you?
Natasha: 11
Girl:  I’m 14 … Do you swear?
Natasha: Ummm … not really.
Girl: Oh I do, like wash your mouth out with soap kind of swearing.

This conversation gave us all a giggle.

Camp set up at Myrtle Park

Camp set up at Myrtle Park

Walk into Cataract Gorge

Walk into Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge

Peacock showing off at Cataract Gorge

Peacock showing off at Cataract Gorge

"School" went back on the 1st Jan - spelling by the fire

“School” went back on the 1st Jan – spelling by the fire

A little furry friend

A little furry friend

The gorgeous BIG tree

The gorgeous BIG tree

St Patricks River

St Patricks River

Chocolate cake with fresh raspberries and cream

Chocolate cake with fresh raspberries and cream

Fire place with Camp Oven on top

Fire place with Camp Oven on top

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