Gindelward - Mock Swiss Village
If you happen to be ‘in to’ fake Swiss villages set in the Australian landscape then this is the place for you.
OK I must admit it was a very quiet Thursday morning when we visited and spent about 25 minutes wandering around. There’s a min-golf course for those who do mini golf and a bigger golf course for those who do big golf and lots of other exercise facilities for most age groups. Kids are not forgotten with a jumping balloon (sort of like a trampoline but rubber skin held up by a cushion of air), playground and the piece de resistance, a mock pirate ship just waiting for some mock Swiss pirates from the land-locked country (probably called Swiss bankers – LOL) to maybe yodel with an arrrrrah at the start.
The little shopping village did not seem to be very busy and there were at least 2 shops vacant and ‘for lease’ – perhaps this is an indication that all is not going too well for the mock Swiss.
We did see and talk to a few retiree types walking their dogs on the way to collect the morning paper and they seemed happy enough with the suburb that surrounds the complex.
If you do happen to visit after my negative comments, I’m happy to include any of your thoughts on this tip. I should add that the village is around 20 km from Launceston city centre and along the West Tamar Road (A7).
Contact details on a 'if you must' basis:
7 Waldhorn Drive Grindelwald Tasmania 7277
Phone: 03 6330 0400
Fax: 03 6330 1607
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September 1st is a very important date in the tourism industry for Tasmania. It seemed as though while we were enjoying the attractions of the state, we ran into difficulty finding sites that were open!
September 1st is the official start of the spring season in Launceston also; places like Penny Royal World are closed over this period. Make sure you check with the attractions you want to visit before you make the trip, just to make sure you are not disappointed like I was!
Fun Alternatives: Either plan your vacation to be in Tassie's Spring and Summer months, or call ahead to make sure the attractions are open.
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