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    See The Fairy Penguins at Low Head!

    by xuessium Updated Aug 6, 2005

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    If you are ever in Launceston, try to catch a night tour of Low Head Peninsula for the Fairy Penguin Sightings Tour (during 2001, this was A$35). Just fantastic! Compared to Philip Island (Melbourne) and its mass commercialism, this is very scaled back, rough edge affair. You actually follow the guide as they themselves follow the penguins back to their burrows. No barriers, no side lamps along the trail and you only have your own tour group as companions. (Guides used red lamps, which do not hurt the eyes of the penguins) At one point as you climbed up a little hilllet, you may get (if the skies are clear) a sea of stars above your head, and just off the little corner of the peninsula, a lighthouse sweeping its ray across the bay. Pretty romantic spot too! Come ready packed for the cold, as it can really get chilly. Doubt it's an experience anyone would forget.

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    Lovely architecture in Launceston

    by xuessium Updated Aug 2, 2005

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    TownHall

    Take a stroll along the sleepy streets of Launceston and you will be amazed at the amount of beautiful and ornate looking buildings that littered throughout the quasi-city. The folks here, really took pride to try to preserve the heritage of Launceston.

    Town Hall is just but one of the many beautiful buildings that I had the fortune to come across. It has a rich history as well. The foundation stone of Launceston Town Hall was laid way back in 1864.

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    The churches of Launceston

    by xuessium Written Aug 1, 2005

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    St.John'sChurch

    Launceston isn't the world's largest place. In actual, it's not even a city, despite being second only after the State Capital, Hobart, in terms of population size. Yet, in such a small place, there are plenty of churches and cathedrals to see. The mind bogs at the need for so plentiful places of worship for so small a quasi-city. Walk down any road and you will bump into one just round the corner. But having said that, many of these churches and cathedrals are lovely structures. My favourite is that of St.John's Church (I hope I got the name right) - a church constructed with blue slate. It really stood out with its majestic bluish hue and like virtually all traditional style churches, I always like the stain glass windows.

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    J Boag and Son Brewery

    by ASTIEL Written Jul 26, 2004

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    J Boag and Son has been brewing on the banks of the Esk River since 1881. Since then, the technology and equipment has changed - gleaming stainless steel dominates now - but the pride and craftsmanship has remained the same as it was 100 years ago.

    During a tour of this independent brewery you will see all the processes that produce the amber liquid and have the opportunity to taste the beers that constantly win gold at the Australian International Beer Awards & you can have a Free taste at the end of the tour.

    Tours of one and a half hours duration are conducted at 9.00am 11.00am 2.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am and 11.00am Friday. Adults $16, Concession & Children $12. Bookings are essential. The maximum number of people on the tour is 14. Due to steep stairs the tour is not recommended for people with walking aids. Fully enclosed footwear must be worn on the tour. Children under 10 years of age are not permitted on the tour.

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    Scottsdale Eco Centre

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Scottsdale Eco Centre

    This is the Scottsdale Eco Centre, cutting edge design & innovation (though it wasn't quite as exciting inside as what I'd read).

    Basically it's like a square building built on an upper level within this kind of round building and it incorporates Forestry Tasmania's new offices, along with forest interpretive centre, mini inside vegetation/forest walk and cafe & souvenir shop. The Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre is also inside. Open 7 days, 9.30 am - 5 pm

    I mainly give this tip because it's quite strange to see it as you drive towards it, worth seeing for that, (and I didn't find many other interesting places worth making a little stop at to break the 4-5 hour journey between Launceston and St Helens)

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    Cataract Gorge, Launceston

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 5, 2003

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    Cataract Gorge

    Cataract Gorge has walking and hiking tracks through bushland, lookouts, swimming pool, suspension bridge, gardens, cafe and restaurant and also the longest single span cheerlift in the world, with very stunning views of the gorge.

    It's very green and pretty and an ideal place to wander and have a picnic

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    Grindelwald Swiss Village

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 3, 2003

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    Village Square

    Grindelwald is a small stylised swiss village and 4 star conference and motel resort centre. It’s one of my VERY favourite places in Tasmania (you can see from my travelogue) though it’s not to everyone’s liking (some think it’s too touristy or kitsch)

    Of course I’d prefer to see the real Switzerland again, but I can’t travel so far away right now, so I settled happily for the atmosphere and happiness that this small town always gives me, and the memories it brings to mind of Europe.

    There’s a large conference centre with all swiss mountain style 2 storey wooden Chalets sourrounding it, a nice lake, a golf course and mini golf, beautifully glassed in indoor pool and spa, Bakery with some swiss treats, souvenir shop and a couple of other little swiss shops.

    Opposite the resort are residential swiss houses and also spaced out further in the countryside.

    (Town planning dictates that every house in Grindelwald must be Swiss style. I believe it was originally designed by a swiss developer)

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    Seahorse Farm Part II

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 3, 2003

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    Beauty point

    The most fascinating aspect of the seahorse’s life is that the female deposits the eggs into the pouch of the male, and that’s her only role to play. She’s then off the scene entirely, leaving the male to fertilise the eggs and then carry them around for the 6 weeks of their incubation. After hatching, the seahorses are immediately left to fend for themselves.
    Usually around 400 babies are born in a clutch, but the mortality rate is high due to predators, including those of their own kind, who can turn cannibal on the young.

    I love the way seahorses love to twine their tails around each other - sometimes this is done for protection, other times it is part of the courtship dance. Even the babies were hooking onto each other in the tank, for something extra to hold on to.

    It’s a huge commercial operation which supplies the lucrative pet shop and Aquarium market where the seahorses sell for $Australia $25-$30 each.

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    Beauty Point Seahorse Farm

    by Kate-Me Written Apr 3, 2003

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    Seahorse World Brochure

    This place is a world first, one of my top ‘must sees’ for Tasmania. Viewing is by tour only (no cameras allowed).
    You get to see thousands upon thousands of seahorses in various stages of development - from minute 1 cm strands of only a few days old, to half grown.
    There are 35 different species of Seahorse worldwide, with 15 found in Australia. They can grow up to 30 cms in length.
    We saw several different kinds. My favourite ones were the highly attractive weedy sea dragon and the Barbour’s seahorses (the latter are from the Phillipines). Barbour’s seahorses over several months can change colour to adapt to their surroundings - I saw bright red ones, orange, and yellow, all in the same tank.

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    Uniting Church

    by iandsmith Written Dec 25, 2011
    Uniting Church, nee Methodist

    This originally was the Methodist Church and is situated at the corner of Balfour and Margaret Streets and was established in 1838

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    Waverley Woollen Mills.

    by a5floor Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Waverley Woollen Mills.

    At the Waverley Woollen Mills you can go for a small tour in their factory. You also can buy some products in their little shop.

    Faxnumber +61-(0)3-6339-3537
    Email mill@waverleywoollenmills.com

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    Cataract Gorge - Gate Keepers Cottage

    by imstress Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Cataract Gorge

    This is the old Gate Keepers Cottage taken from King's Bridge at the entrance to the gorge.

    King's Bridge links the city centre with Trevallyn, Riverside and the West Tamar.

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    Cataract Gorge

    by imstress Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Cataract Gorge

    Interested in rock climbing?

    Near the suspension bridge, there was this huge rocks that were piled up very tall. We could even hide ourselves underneath it.

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    Cataract Gorge - First Basin

    by imstress Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Cataract Gorge

    You can take the walking trails, fishing, abseiling, rock climbing and do whitewater rafting all at the Cataract Gorge.

    After a long long walk, we finally reached the First Basin.

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    Street of Launceston

    by imstress Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    Street of  Launceston

    After dinner, we took a short walk around the hotel.

    The street of Launceston town is a very quiet and peaceful one.

    There were hardly anyone around on the streets.

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