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Launceston Trevallyn

1/ Trevallyn is just north west of the Launceston CBD. In Victorian times it was called the "Captains' Suburb". Professional people set up lovely homes here within walking distance of the CBD. Their homes had great views of the Tamar River. Walking through here is a delightful experience to those interested in Victorian home architecture. This house shows all the flourishes of Victorian home architecture. It has a heritage listing.

Launceston Trevallyn

2/ This image shows the northern end of Trevallyn from Kings Park on the east bank of the Tamar River. Note the plethora of large historic houses and the church on the hill. All of these houses have great views of the Tamar River.

Launceston Trevallyn

3/ This is the view from the walkway on the Trevallyn edge of the Tamar River. On the middle left are the old silos, which are now being converted into a luxury apartment complex. To the right of the silos is the Seaport luxury apartment complex and on its right is Launceston CBD.

Launceston Trevallyn

4/ This large single storey house had an impressive Victorian style verandah. Besides size, you can count wealth in Victorian times by the number of chimneys.

Launceston Trevallyn

5/ These houses on West Tamar Road have grand views of both Launceston and the Tamar River.

Launceston Trevallyn

6/ This double storey and double verandah house speaks of real wealth in Victorian times.

Launceston Trevallyn

7/ These houses on Forest Road show a variety of styles of Victorian home architecture.

Launceston Trevallyn

8/ This strange house seems to have a Scandinavian style. It is similar to the Mill Restaurant.

Launceston Trevallyn

9/ This house is a great example of the new Art Deco style of the 1930s.

Launceston Trevallyn

10/ Near the old King's Bridge is a stairway to the heart of Trevallyn on the hill. This is the view to the south. To the left is the Penny Royal complex and to the right is Kings Park.

Launceston Trevallyn

11/ On the hill are a number of streets facing the Tamar River, where there are many great examples of Victorian house architecture.

Launceston Trevallyn

12/ In Bain Terrace you get a feeling of timeless, as the houses are all great examples of Victorian architecture and are surrounded by deep gardens.

Launceston Trevallyn

13/ In the heart of Trevallyn on the hill is the Trevallyn Reserve. Here you can relax and look down on the peaceful Tamar Valley.

Launceston Trevallyn

14/ Looking down you see many old houses bedecked by healthy old gardens and beyond is the Tamar. Everywhere you see age and character.

Launceston Trevallyn

15/ This cute but tiny house is aberrant to the other houses. I am sure it has a story to tell.

Launceston Trevallyn

16/ Looking down on the Tamar are many grand old homes. They exude a feeling of quiet superiority.

Launceston Trevallyn

17/ These trees and houses show that Trevallyn is a real journey back in time.

 

Penny Royal Theme Park

1/ The Penny Royal Theme Park is adjacent to Cataract Gorge on the edge of Launceston CBD and Trevallyn. It is a theme park that offers visitors: a cafe, restaurant, wine cellar and ice creamery. It also offers visitors a variety of adventures including: a rock wall to climb, a cliff top walk, a flying fox ride, plus a sail boat ride and a dark, mystery cruise. This is the entrance to Penny Royal.

Penny Royal Theme Park

2/ Penny Royal also has the "Powder Mill" guest apartments. Patrons staying here are very close to both the Launceston CBD, as well as the facilities of Penny Royal.

Penny Royal Theme Park

3/ Penny Royal is an old quarry. The floor of the quarry has been flooded to make a sail boat coarse. The guns on this boat are regularly fired. Children are allowed to hold the steering wheel, as the boat travels on a guide rail. This image shows some of the main features of Penny Royal. On the left is the cafe and restaurant in the middle ground is Sarah Island and beyond it is the waterfall. At the top right you can see the flying fox.

Penny Royal Theme Park

4/ This is the rock climbing wall at Penny Royal. Climbers are in a safety harness, so there is no danger of them falling.

Penny Royal Theme Park

5/ This is the flying fox at Penny Royal. Those brave enough to take this ride, sail in a safety harness 20 metres above the lake of Penny Royal.

Penny Royal Theme Park

6/ This image shows the cafe at Penny Royal. Above it is the cliff walk and to the left is Sarah Island. This image was made at the lake level from a boat of the Dark Ride.

Penny Royal Theme Park

7/ This image shows the waterfall. Water is pumped from the Tamar River to gush down into the lake. This creates an exhilarating noise and effect. Next to the waterfall is part of the cliff top walk.

Penny Royal Theme Park

8/ This is one of the boats that takes you on the Dark Ride. The ride is actually much darker, but the flash of my camera has lightened it up.

Penny Royal Theme Park

9/ On the Dark Ride you meet a number of very life like puppets. I was very impressed by the skin texture of this puppet. A voice recording recounts some of the historic incidents that are illustrated on the Dark Ride. This puppet was so life like that I thought, at first, that it was an actor.

Penny Royal Theme Park

10/ This very life like puppet shoots at an escape convict named Matthew Brady. Brady made a very clever escape from Sarah Island and survived by robbery for some time before he was recaptured.

Penny Royal Theme Park

11/ This is one of the ghost puppets, who tells you about some of the horrible things that happened in the old Vandiemensland. The actual scene was much darker than it appears here, because of the flash effect of my camera.

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