Entally House was built in 1819 by Thomas Reibey, the eldest son of Mary Reibey. Mary, a former Convict transported for horse-stealing disguised as a boy, married an officer and became one of Australia's richest women.
The house takes its name from a suburb in Calcutta, India.
The house is richly furnished and has extensive grounds and gardens. In the grounds there is an original cricket pitch.
This beautiful parkland was established in the 1820's and is situated in the centre of Launceston. It has mature trees and shrubs and themed gardens as well as the traditional display of annual flowers. It has a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosurewhich has been there for over 20 years. The John Hart conservatory has a display of more warm climate plants.
There is a little 'train' which travels the paths and for a couple of dollars you can get a guided tour of the park.
The Macaque Monkey Enclosure is open from 8.00am - 4.00pm (April - September) and 8.00am - 4.30pm (October - March).
The John Hart Conservatory is open weekdays from 8.30am - 4.30pm and weekends from 9.00am - 4.30pm (April - September) and from 9.00am - 5.30pm (October - March).
Cataract Gorge is on the west side of the Tamar River and a short walk from the centre of Launceston. The First Basin has hiking trails, a swimming pool, places to eat, and extensive gardens where peacocks roam. You can cross the gorge by either the suspension bridge or the chairlift which has the longest single span in the world.
There is a well constructed walking trail which goes from the mouth of the South Esk River and follows the north side. An easy walk of about 15 minutes takes you to the First Basin. There is a hiking track along the south side which takes you all the way to the top of the gorge to Trevallyn, site of the hydro dam.
In my opinion, these were the MOST BEAUTIFUL FALLS IN TASMANIA
Liffey Falls State Reserve is a World Heritage listed Park.
The Liffey River rises on the northern edge of the Great Western Tiers, flowing through dense cool-temperate rainforest before plunging over spectacular waterfalls.
There are four sets of falls along the 45-minute walk from the picnic ground down hill to the majestic Victoria Falls (commonly referred to as Liffey Falls) and return, all of which can be viewed from observation decks. The falls are very pretty, set in amongst the most beautiful, rainforest setting.
Don't misss the short walk that leads from near the toilet block to the "Big Tree", a huge Tree that you must see!
There are toilets with disabled access and sheltered picnic areas and gas barbecues at the upper end of the reserve.
How to Get to Liffey Falls
To reach the waterfalls, either turn off the Bass Highway (A1) at Carrick and take the C513 through the townships of Bracknell and Liffey to the Liffey Falls State Reserve, or turn left in Deloraine on the Lake Highway (A5) then take the Riversdale Road to the Liffey Falls Forest Reserve.
This is what they call "Launceston's own piece of wilderness!"
We have done a few things here, one of them is following the pathway (built in 1890) along the cliff face, beside the South Esk River, another time, we caught the chairlift........an excellent way to view the Gorge.
Fares in 2010... $12 adult one way....$15 return
OPEN.....From 9am till 4.30pm winter....5pm..spring & autumn
and.......5.30pm or 6 pm in summer.
The First Basin, on the southern side, features a swimming pool and an open area surrounded by bushland and the north side is the Cliff Grounds, a Victorian garden where ferns and exotic plants are growing. There's a Restaurant and kiosk, lawns and a rotunda, a pub with a view, a footbridge and chairlift across the river, peacocks, and wallabies at dusk.
Further upstream is the historic Duck Reach Power Station, now an Interpretation Centre.
It is located only about 5mins from Launceston city centre.
The lavender farm was established in 1922, and is renowned the world over for the quality of its true perfumery lavender.
Lavender flowering is in December & January and it was in full bloom when we visited, very picturesque!
The farm consists of 120 acres of rolling lavender fields and is considered one of Tasmania's most spectacular sights. The five-week harvest begins in early January with the distillation and processing of the lavender in full swing.
Guided tours can be taken of the farm during December and January. If you are visiting outside these months, an informative video is screened detailing the farm's history and the harvest and distillation process.
The visitors centre has all different kinds of Lavender products, including LAVENDER FUDGE!
I tried it, and it was very nice!
The cafe has light refreshments and LAVENDER ICECREAM, with a tasting area to experience the use of lavender as a subtle flavouring in foods.
Sit and enjoy a coffee in the Bridestowe cafe or picnic under the century-old oak trees and stroll through the fields and smell the Lavender!
It really is stunning in December/January!
Bridestowe Estate is 40-minutes’ drive 50 kms north-east of Launceston.
This Estate is one of the most intact 19th century homesteads in Australia. It was continously farmed by 6 generations of the Archer family since 1817, until the death of the last Heir, in 1994. It remained in the same family for 170 years.
The estate also employed convict labour in exchange for labour for the settlers, and food & clothing for the convicts. The government thought this was a good way to develop colonial infrastructure, assist settlers to develop their land, and to reform convicts through hard and constant work.
As well as the main house, which has interesting pieces inside, there is a woolshed, blacksmith shop, stables, gardens, paddocks and the former chapel.
We did the tour and it was very good, real interesting hearing the history of the family and seeing different ornaments, furniture etc. of the day that we had never seen before, and as others on our tour, had no idea what they were either.
One such outside building was the Smoke House (photo) The men would go in it, then would be towed out into the middle of the river so they could smoke.
The Estate is open daily to the public from 10 -4.30pm.
Tours are at.......11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm, daily......
The duration of each tour is approximately 45 minutes
(Extra 10am tour October to April)
Accommodation is also available here
Located at 234 Clarendon Station road, the magnificent Clarendon House which was built in 1838, is situated on 7 hectares.
Its 27ks from Launcestion, just a little further on from Evandale on the c416 road.
Clarendon was a big pastoral farm. It has many farm buildings, servants quarters and gardens and parkland. An avenue of trees leads to the house. In the Conservatory, there is a Restaurant and tea rooms, also, if you wish to stay, there are cottages available.
Opening hours are 10 - 4pm
Admission 2008 is $10, if you are a National trust member, then it is free.
This is a beautiful Georgian house.
Evandale is located on the road that runs past the Launceston airport, its about 20ks from Launceston.
Its situated on the South Esk river and is classified a historic town. It was first settled in 1816.
A convict named John Kelly lived here, his son was the bushranger NED KELLY.
You can pick up a FREE COPY of "Lets talk about Evandale" this lists all the Heritage sights in the town.
The Evandale Village Fair is held annually on the last Saturday in February and features a full day of Penny Farthing Races, which includes the National Penny Farthing Championship.
This is another town of beautiful old Georgian buildings. Driving around the backroads around here, you will see quite a few big mansions, with hedges, just reminds you of England.
Located 17kms from Launceston on the Bass Highway, you bypass the town. Take the turnoff into the town, its lovely and quiet now the bulk of traffic doesn't come through here.
Another historic town, with gorgeous old georgian buildings and settlers cottages. The RED FEATHER INN which is located on the main road, was built in 1844. It was one of the 1st coaching inns in Tasmania and now is a Restraurant.
THE CHURCH OF GOOD SHEPHERD also on main road, was going to be built and paid for by the owner of the large Entally House, but after an argument with the Bishop, he withdrew his support.
Entally House is one of the most impressive historic homes in Tasmania and is open to the public. Admission 2008 is $8.
You can take a round trip detour into here. If you followed West Tamar Highway, and called in at Brady's Lookout, you would have seen a little church across the other side of the River. It is in my photo on the "Bradys Lookout". Heading on the East Tamar Highway, is Windermere, and the Church ( the one you saw on the other side.)
This is a COPY OF BEATRIX POTTERS OWN CHURCH in Far Sawrey in the Lakes District, England, built in the mid 1800"s with the riverside location.
Its located 20kms north of Launceston and you can do a round trip in and out. Delightful church, with and interesting old cemetery.
Heading up the Tamar Valley, about 18ks, you reach the tiny town of Rosevears.
North of the Rosevears Tavern is the signposted road to Brady's lookout.
The Rocky outcrop was used by the Bushranger "Matthew Brady" to pick out his victims on the road below. It has beautiful views of the River Tamar, Picnic facilities and toilets.
A MUST STOP!
I bet a lot of you didn't know that we had the town of Grindelwald in Tasmania, Australia.
The pretty village of Grindelwald was established in the 1980s as a unique residential development.
All houses were built in Swiss style, with wide eaves, flowerboxes, window shutters and balconies, nice gardens, lawns, lakes and views of the Tamar Valley.
The Swiss-themed Tamar Valley Resort and Grand Chateau Hotel have accommodation.
We wandered around the lovely shopping arcade where there was craft and gift shops, I found some different gifts here to take home.
We had a good lunch at the cafe, there is a bakery or you could eat at the lakeside Alpenrose restaurant and lounge bar.
Grindelwald is a 15-minute drive north of Launceston, and we thought a very beautiful place, in a beautiful setting, all kept spick & span!
Located just 10minutes from Launceston the Tamar Island Wetlands was an interesting area to walk around and try and find birds, reptiles, frogs and fish.
The Tamar Island Wetlands reserve is approx 60 hectares of mud flats, lagoons and islands. The Tamar Island gives an excellent view of the surrounding landscape
The wetlands have a big variety of Birdlife and Reptiles, we were lucky enough to see this snake (photo) sunning himself by the boardwalk.
The distance from the entrance gate to the island is 1.5 km and there is approximately 1.2 km of tracks on the island itself on an easy access board-walk, the walk will take about 1hour return.
Opening times for the board-walk are dawn to dusk every day of the year except Christmas Day.
There is an Interpretation Centre located 200 metres from the main gate.
1 April – 30 September 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
1 October – 31March 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
A short walk from here, and we came to a bird hide which has seating, a good place to see the different birds on the lagoon.
There are picnic and gas barbeque facilities on the island
Items are handcrafted by Mirek Marik, who is a very talented person.
A range of handcrafted pieces are on display, so much to choose from, and all very well done. You can get a different souvenir to take home from here, and each one is unique.
I see that he has a website now, where you can buy items if you like, they are very nice. It took me a while to make up my mind what to buy, in the end, it was a pretty Blue Butterfly.
Its open daily from 9.30am - 6pm.