We have moved to northern Tasmania for our current house-sit – we are in Trevallyn, a suburb of Launceston. Trevallyn is on a high ridge to the west of the city, and we are on top of that ridge. Launceston city itself is just a few metres above sea level, but up on the ridge we are 130 metres up, so we get great views of the city and the mountains to the east. It’s a great location; and we are only thirty-five-minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Although we are up high, the return walk from the city is a steady climb, so it’s surprisingly easy. We are also just twenty minutes’ walk from Cataract Gorge, which I’ve described in an earlier post.
We are here looking after Lucy the Burmese cat. She’s an affectionate little thing, and, like most pet cats, she likes to sit on a lap and be stroked. Here she is, sitting on my lap while I’m writing travel blogs:
The mountain views
We’ve house-sat in Launceston before, down on the flats at Norwood. While I was always aware that there are plenty of mountains around Launceston, they were never that obvious to me from down there, due to the surrounding lower hills that obscure them. From up here at Trevallyn they are really in your face, and they are magnificent! Here’s the view from our house-sit on a clear day, with the city and the Tamar River in the foreground and the mountains in the background:
Here’s a closer view of some of the mountains:
That’s Ragged Jack to the left of centre, and Stack’s Bluff to the right of centre in the distance. Off to the left is the plateau of Ben Lomond, which includes Legges Tor, the second highest point in Tasmania at 1573 metres. We plan on climbing Legges Tor while we are here – that sounds very impressive, but, in fact, you can drive most of the way to the top!
Even with a bit of cloud the view is still great:
And sometimes the clouds themselves make a great view:
This is Mount Barrow with its head in the clouds:
Here’s Mount Barrow with just a cap of cloud:
Sometimes the cloudscapes are just spectacular:
When I sit writing at the dining table, with my cat on my lap, I look out to the west to the mountains. In the afternoon, as the sun goes down, the light changes continually so the view is different every time I look up – it’s quite mesmerising. The ridge that we are on casts its shadow across the city, and the shadow line progressively moves across the scene and up the ridge on the other side of the valley; this is the view in the late afternoon:
I’ve been here for a little while now, and I’ve fallen in love with the ever-changing views from our Trevallyn House-sit!
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