Day 10 – Friday 23 March

Our last day in Tasmania, and it was cool and overcast for almost the first time since we’d got here. We didn’t have much in the way of plans for the day, so after checking out of Auldington we hit the highway north for Devonport. This wasn’t quite as dull as it might sound, as the highway between Launceston and Devonport is the home of three very special establishments – Christmas Hills raspberry farm, Ashgrove cheese factory and the House of Anvers chocolate factory. Clearly, this was to be a high cholesterol day.

After stopping for raspberries and cheese it was lunchtime so the House of Anvers’s café was our destination. Beautiful food, followed up with a very thick hot chocolate and selection of chocolates! Just what two tired travellers needed. The chocolate is divinely beautiful but not especially cheap so my selection to take home was quite small but carefully chosen. It had been a very chocolate heavy trip.

Arriving in Devonport, it became clear that there isn’t very much to do in Devonport. We wandered the streets for a while, drove up to the Mersey Bluff lighthouse, then checked into our motel and stayed there for the rest of the day. The weather, which had been gloomy and threatening all day, finally decided to let go and pour down with rain. My car, which was absolutely filthy, suddenly started looking blue again.

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