On our first day of vacation, we were in downtown Launceston and decided to go to the Cataract Gorge for a morning walk. As we entered the park, we walked to the park's suspension bridge, which offers a great view of the Gorge, the Chairlift, the picnic area, and the small pond created by the flow of the river.
The bridge spans over the Esk River which has created the gorge over these years. At times, the river will flood making the bridge the best way to access the other side of the reserve.
This is definitely one of the best views of nature available within the city limits of Launceston,.... enjoy it!
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 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
This is a pretty little town located beside the Tamar River, 45ks from Launceston. Its the oldest deepwater port in the area, and was built to serve the nearby goldmines at Beaconsfield. You can fish from the pontoon here. It is also the main teaching campus for the Australian Maritime College. It is also the starting point for the Three peaks race which is held each Easter. This involves sailing to 3 Mountain ranges around Tasmania, the running up and down the mountain, just being a spectator is the best.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For anyone who likes a beer or maybe just interested in seeing the whole process of how beer is made..this is an interesting tour that takes in all facets of the beers production and developement of the Boags brands over the last century..Located in the renovated and restored "Tamar Hotel"..of course at the end of the tour one can sample the many types of beers that are made here..There is also a small shop that sells mechandise..ie: beer mugs etc..and a small museum with brewery memorabilia..of course the best is the beer...
The tour only takes small groups so make sure that you book a tour..
I booked at the tourist information Centre in the centre of town..
CARRICK, is another old town, worth stopping at, and going for a walk around.
Some of the historic buildings St. Andrews church (1848) Carrick Inn (1833) Old Plough Inn (1841) and the Old Mill House (1867) to name a few.
LOCATION.............about 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Launceston on the Liffey River, and on the 'Old Bass Highway'
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.
This park occupies a space in the heart of every habitant of Launceston I am sure. Not only it is big, it is very beautiful and thus is popular with both locals and visitors.
Giant trees offered welcoming shades for lovely picnic spots. Pixies of water from fountains danced among the splashes of colours from the floral blooms. Folks who love gardens will like City Park.
You will also find John Hart Conservatory within the park, filled with blooms of a more exotic nature.
A great place to take a breather, enjoy nature, watch the world go by or play a game of chess with large wooden pieces. (I won by the way)
The park is open all year round. Entry is free.
For folks wishing to explore the town a little more on foot, Launceston has walkway plenty along the North Esk River and the Tamar River. Take a light stroll along the 2 rivers that gave Launceston life. The view is not always breathtaking....but it is certainly serene and you will be walking by landmarks, such as the Boag & Sons Brewery etc.
I took a short stroll, starting from the Queen Victoria Museum @ Inveresk along the North Esk River, all the way to the Seaport area along the Tamar River with its swanky posh waterfront houses, finally finding myself exiting into the Park I spent a lovely afternoon in back in 2001.
I spent a lovely afternoon here, doing almost nothing, but sitting by the river banks, watching yachts sailing up and down the Tamar River, enjoying the occasional breeze, lapping up the "let-the-world-go-by" state of mind and chatting with my friends. There isn't a place in the world I am rushing off to that afternoon.
Visit Westbury, another historic town, located near Carrick on the Bass highway. Planned in 1828, it also has a lot of historic buildings. The White House, located on the Village Green, has been restored by the National Trust. Inside is 17th century furniture and toys 100-150 years old. If you are into old steam engines, then a visit to Pearn's Steam World is a must. In Autumn every year, a Maypole festival is held with Morris dancing.