Launceston has the advantage of of being set in a beautiful surroundings with Cataract Gorge close to the heart of the city. It has substantial interest for walkers,not only because of the beauty of the gorge,but also because the town happens to be one of the oldest cities in Australia.
The walk covered loads in points of historic interest . In 1830, 'Tassie' had over one-fifth of the total 'Aussie' white population,developing early due to its port and as the centre for agriculture. Our guide was zesty,gushing info in a familiar, knowing format, that only a native of Launceston,could. We chuckled,laughed and appreciated the environs so much better for her 'guidance'.
We began our assault on Launceston from the corner of Brisbane & Tamar streets. Albert hall is the first cab off the rank,a large ,ornate 1890s High Victorian era building complete with dome. Double back to see the Anglican church on your right,because of its significance as a place where church authorities refused to use convict labour for the construction of th church and were leaders in the ending of the transportation system of convicts.
Across Cameron street is the Bateman Faulker Inn,next to the Post office with its interior balconies,dome and sky lighting. There is a huge tower with a clock positioned facing the Town Hall with its elegant Corinthian columns.
nearby is Macquarie House,an 1830 Georgian freestanding warehouse,beautifully restored. Cross the street over to the Natural Science museum and the nearby rose garden which leads to the Tamar basin of the South Esk river,where the Pennyroyal Gunpowder Mill, is a popular tourist hub with windmill ,waterwheel and a short tramway. And to think ,this was a former quarry...quite amazing.
At the west end of the complex is the Kings Bridge which spans the river. The bridge is an old one from which you can view some of the gorge and its cliffs. Nicely rugged with a city feel. At times the river floods,creating quite a spectacle. Walk around the gorge,which is set in gardens and lawns with tea rooms and a restaurant. Great place to lunch or have a picnic.
Zig-zag back to complete the walking circuit. Adios to our genial hostess and guide. What a superb day!!.
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