Armchair Travel: Launceston Tasmania


This week my armchair travel destination is Launceston. Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and is located in the north of the state on the Tamar River. I’ve visited Launceston a few times, not as often as I’d have liked to because it was a fair drive from Geeveston and it’s not that close to Sisters Beach either. I have been with Naomi a few times as Launceston is only about an hour and a half away from Oatlands and I have been with Ally and Matt once and once on my own to see a cricket match.

So what do I like about Launceston? Well, there are some very nice old buildings. The Post Office is one of my favourites. It has a very loud and distinctive chiming clock which I enjoy listening to but apparently, some visitors have complained about.

The Launceston Post Office with it’s infamous “noisy” clock.

City Park in Launceston, as well as being a nice green space, is home to a collection of Japanese Macaques. I enjoy paying them a visit.

City Park Launceston
City Park Launceston

Launceston has some excellent museums. There is the National Motor Museum, a tram museum and my favourite, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG). The museum is housed in the old railway workshops at Inveresk, a short walk from the CBD while the art is back in the old museum building in the city.

Image QVMAG Inveresk entrance
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, Launceston
Tram from the tramway museum at Launceston. It no longer runs on electricity via the overhead power lines. Now it has a motorised gadget to power it.

On my solo visit I treated myself to a cruise on the Tamar River.

AFL football and occasionally cricket are played at UTAS Stadium which is located next to the QVMAG. Hobart people often make the drive to Launceston in winter to see their favourite interstate teams play. (There is no Tasmanian team so I don’t follow it.) I have been there twice to see charity cricket matches. In recent years the T20 “Big Bash” has had rounds there too.

Sunset at UTAS Stadium Launceston

Launceston’s favourite son, former Australian Cricket Captain Ricky Ponting.

image Ricky Ponting.
Ricky Ponting walks off the field at Aurora Stadium, Launceston

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

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