With a bit of time up our sleeves, we set out to explore Launceston in a little more detail than we had the chance to on our way through a few days ago.
First stop for the day, one of the region’s premier tourist attractions, Cataract Gorge.
Positioned at the lower end of the South Esk River, Cataract Gorge is easily accessible being only a mere 2 minutes out of the centre of town. The area features a popular walk known as the “King’s Bridge-Cataract Walk” which runs along the north bank of the gorge.
Visitors can also enjoy the use of a pool at the first basin, explore the fern and exotic plant forests throughout, inhabited by regal looking peacocks, or simply relax in the restaurant or bistro where you can look out over a large rotunda, leading out onto lawns which sprawl to the banks of the fast flowing river.
Kirsten and I aren’t really ones for sitting around sipping on cups of tea and watching people walk by, so upon arrival, we headed straight for the various walking trails that led us across the Alexandra Suspension Bridge over the South Esk River, then upstream along the gorge wall.
It was a lovely walk throughout the gorge and the gardens on a brisk, cool morning. The people of Launceston should be commended for maintaining such a beautiful parcel of wilderness the way they have, with minimal development, so close to town – it’s a real credit to them.
On my hit list for the day was a visit to probably one of Tasmania’s most well known breweries – that belonging to James Boag & Sons, Boag’s Brewery, on William Street.
So, back in the car, it was a short drive into town where we secured some on street parking a half block from the “Boag’s Centre for Beer Lovers” located in the historic Tamar Hotel. The Centre houses three levels of museum pieces and large glass cabinets of Boag’s memorabilia showcasing the evolution of this iconic brew.
We took in as much of the museum exhibits as we could find before heading back down to the bar where we indulged in one quick, cold schooner of Boag’s finest lager. A pretty nice way to cap off a morning of sightseeing in Launceston before the drive back north-west to Devonport.
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