Nature Day Trips: Lilydale Falls + Little Blue Lake, Tasmania
As I'm sure you've realised by now, one of my favourite ways to spend a day is in nature... so I made sure that our trip to Tasmania was full of them! From Cataract Gorge, to the Tamar Valley and Freycinet National Park, we covered quite a lot in 5 days. This day trip to Lilydale Falls, Bridestowe and Little Blue Lake wraps up my Tasmania travel guides (for now), hope you enjoy!
Lilydale Falls, Lilydale
As I mentioned in my 'Exploring The Tamar Valley' post, at Lilydale Falls you can enjoy a short walk under ferns and through eucalypt forest to two beautiful waterfalls. The walks are super easy, on level terrain mostly with only a short uphill stroll and a wooden staircase that leads to the first waterfall, which you'll have to climb to get back up to continue onto the second. From the carpark it takes around 5 minutes to get to the first waterfall, and even less to get to the second.
While waterfalls are a huge attraction in Tasmania (with an ongoing battle for the top spot between Liffey Falls and Russell Falls), you won't find unbearable crowds here - we saw a total of 3 other people. It makes for a great place to stop along the way or make a special trip to, with it being an easy 25 - 30 minute drive from Launceston CBD,
Bridestowe Lavendar Farm, Nabowla
While we visited Tasmania before the lavendar had bloomed, we stopped off at Bridestowe Lavendar Farm anyway for a coffee break - lavendar infused, of course! If you've seen any photos of the Bridestowe Estate during flowering season, you'd know the photos speak for themselves. If you haven't, look it up now, or just imagine aisles and aisles of bright purple lavendar spanning as far as the eye can see, with mountains in the distance and a cosy lavendar filled gift shop and cafe to keep you busy.
If you're planning on visiting, make sure it's during flowering season (Mid-November - February) so you don't miss out on this beaut.
Little Blue Lake - South Mount Cameron
Little Blue Lake is the result of the natural phenomenon of alluvial tin mining - once the miners had left town, the pit was filled with water and the high mineral level in the base turned the water a striking aqua blue. While the colour in the photos is true to the naked eye and great to witness, to be honest with you, I'd recommend only making it a stop along the way instead of a destination.
Knowing there were no facilities or other attractions other than the lake itself, we made a trip of it and visited Lilydale Falls and Bridestowe Lavendar Farm on the way up. The two-hour drive up from Launceston to Little Blue Lake (through South Mount Cameron) and back was also extremely windy, long and tiring - almost putting me off driving for the rest of the trip, so make sure to plan accordingly!
A few other things you could do while you're up in the far North-East is make your way to the nearby beaches of Musselroe Bay and Ansons Bay, or camp out at the grounds and hike up to the top of Mount Cameron (if you have 3 - 5 hours to spare and hiking is your thing).