Friday, April 27, 2018

Launceston Day 2&3 Pt 1

We rose early enough on Sunday morning and after showering, to a nice breakfast of bacon and eggs and toast cooked by our host T. It was clearly going to be another gorgeous day in Launceston.

Mea culpa. I knew I was not up to a steep walk in West Launceston, let alone R. T is super fit, and for the health of her transplanted heart maintains her super fitness. We are not fit at all. Our travelling companion A walks a lot and is fitter than us. R really struggled with coming up the steep slopes of Fraser Reserve. I am not sure if it was helpful, but A pushed him up with a hand to his back. Advice to all, judge the fitness levels of your guests and if you are the guest, be clear about your fitness levels. There are times to just say no.

Nevertheless, the walk was good and we saw much.

Smoke haze from bushfire fuel reduction burning.

So many toadstools in the pine forest.

With some recovery from the walk we headed out in T's motor car to drop off  off a top for T to be embroidered, no doubt football related. Sports and football is her love and job. Then to a supermarket in Youngtown that T and her sister used to own, now an IGA. Some things were bought. Eventually we arrived at City Park. By golly there are some nice buildings in Launceston.

The frame of a gasometer, that would have once produced coal gas for the citizens of Launceston. The street was under renovation.

Noice side view of whatever building.

Herbarium? Glasshouse? Hot house? I don't know. Bugger orf you young photo bomber.

Placid water with gentle water jet sprays.

So green.

Young chaps skilled at chess, belying the appalling rates of illiteracy and innumeracy in Tasmania.

The herbarium was simple and lovely.

I don't know what this is but there was also a rotunda which I thought we would get close to but we did not, so no photo.

The park is beautifully maintained.

Now, I am not sure about this at all, keeping Japanese monkeys in a small zoo. This is the breed of monkeys that bathe in hot springs in northern Japan.

There is a long history of animals being kept here, right back to the time of Tasmanian Tigers, that is Thylacines.  I instinctively did not like the little zoo, but the monkeys in their troop seemed happy enough. It is well managed and super clean. I am not sure why my photos are so bad. I think I need a new camera. The monkeys are doing better than Tasmanian Tigers, of which the last died as politicians discussed how they could be saved, having being shot out of existance.

On the rock almost centre is a baby monkey.

Maybe this fine house was once that of the superintendent of the park.


To its credit, many industrial building are still in existence in Launceston.

The building at the entrance to City Park. Albert Hall?

Lunch was at the river front of the North Esk River. While our lunch was nice enough, the area looked very modern and cheap. While we never got to dine at Mud Bar, I am not really that sorry. I'll just say, needs work. Nevertheless, it is clearly a very popular area.

Mud, mud, glorious mud. Fine mud, ideal to be slapped on a body or face. While Launceston is many  kilometres inland, the Tamar River and the first part of North Esk River are very tidal, with a three metre tide rise and fall.

T's abode is very close the dominating tower in the background. Yes, phone, tv and internet signals are strong.

Dearest Launceston, you are so nice and I do love your gorge.

A footbridge is being built across the river, but I am not sure why you would want to cross the river.

Perhaps to get to Silo Hotel, under construction. It is good that the silos are being kept and made into  modern hotel accommodation.

Part 2 will be last Tassie post. The weather was perfect and we just loved Launceston.


  1. It looks absolutely delightful. I really must visit my friend. Thank you for the nudge.
    And sigh on the fitness front. Sometimes no is a very hard thing to say. Despite being right.

    1. EC, we were very impressed. Yes, do go and see it. We could have negotiated rather than an outright no.

  2. Nice to get to know Launceston, as I've never visited.
    A silo hotel, that's interesting, and the park looked beautiful and lush.

    1. Sami, add it to your list, but perhaps not in winter.

  3. Launceston looks lovely. Cape Town has also converted disused silos into a Museum and hotel and the result there is excellent.

    1. Interesting Victor. I just hear this morning Cape Town has had 40mm of rain, which is helpful.

  4. Lovely to read you loved Launceston.
    The City Park is a marvellous place and it's always nice and clean, never seen it untidy no matter what time of year.
    The monkey's in the park go back a long way, many years for I can remember their housing wasn't the best back then.
    City Park Radio is now in the park house along with a few other things.
    You passed out my way when going to Youngtown IGA - the Log Cabin on the left just before you get to the supermarket, we owned that once!
    Down at Mud the restaurant, well that tidal river with mud is dreadful, but very pretty when the tide is in. We don't usually frequent the place unless the tide is in and you can understand why...

    1. Margaret, yes, I can remember monkey housing at our zoo was very poor. Ah, the nursery. How cool. The mud didn't worry me as it didn't smell. The tide was coming in while we there and it was much less visible by the time we left.

  5. That's an excellent use for old silos :)
    Launceston does look very pretty. Love the cute monkeys.

    1. River, Melbourne has its own inner city silos, and I think they have now been officially saved. It will be interesting to see what happens with them. Launceston is quite lovely. Book yourself a trip now. With a comfortable seat, I could watch the monkeys for ages.

  6. Love Launceston and I wonder what the Silo Hotel will look like.... love to go there when its open.

    1. Lady J, so you are familiar with Lonny. I too like idea of staying in silo. I hope there are lifts.

  7. Beautiful!!!
    Interestingly, those there monkeys don't naturally plonk themselves in hot springs, they only did that after observing hoomans doing it. Apparently it has messed with their family system/hierarchy/behaviour and the monkeys in zoos maintain their natural behaviour from before the hot springs debacle.

    1. Jayne, that's really interesting. I had no idea. Someone mentioned to me about how the highest in the troop get to hot water bathe while the lowers stay shivering and out of the water.