East Launceston

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  • Day5

    Launceston Day 1

    March 11, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Yesterday we arrived in Launceston late afternoon. Settled in to our Airbnb cottage on Cimitiere street and walked to the shops to buy food and a tshirt for me. It has been very warm so far and of course I had packed cooler weather wear.
    Today we headed off on foot and accomplished three tourist activities and at the same time happened across lovely parks and many historic buildings.
    We began with a Pink heritage walking trail as per the 'Welcome to Launceston' booklet. Highlights were the synagogue, Prince's Square and the old churches.
    Our second activity was taking a small River cruise on the Tamar River the South Esk and some of the Cataract Gorge. The Launceston Port has gone from being one of the busiest ports in the 1800s to being so silted up that its current depth is only about 5 metres.
    Lastly we walked to The Queen Victoria Art Gallery.
    A good collection of Tasmanian art including a painting of Queen Victoria herself.
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  • Day6

    Launceston Day 2

    March 12, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Today we accomplished two tourist treks.
    In the morning we drove to the Tamar Island Wetlands which is about 7 km north of Launceston. We went to the Interpretation Centre then traversed the 2 kilometres of boardwalk to a swamp paperbark forest, through reeds, over water courses and onto Tamar Island then back again, passing many wetland birds. On the island there had been European settlement in the 1800's. There were many old large European trees including old fruit trees. We spotted a black snake near the end of our walk.
    The afternoon was spent at The Launceston Queen Victoria Museum. That was a 10 minute walk away from our cottage. The museum was housed in the old Launceston railway worships and yards. Of course there was an informative display about the Tasmanian tiger.
    Well worth a visit. Both attractions were free.
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