My Tasmania: Launceston, Hobart and between

I love Tasmania. Always have. This is a beautiful part of the world with green pastures, piercingly blue skies and open hospitable people. Doesn’t matter how many times I have visited Tassie before, I am always happy  to come again.

History is alive here. Painful, cruel, bloody past keeps popping from everywhere. The whole island was built by poor British prisoners. But they did a great job! Have a look yourself!

 

Launceston.

This is a beautiful old windmill, which is a part of my hotel Penny Royal Inn.

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Bluestone buildings built in 18th century.

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The rusty water wheel is still operational.

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Every room has a name. The numbers are used for the keys only.

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At the back of the hotel there is an adventure park with the same name. Kids and adults can play games and take a ride on the cable car.

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Restaurant  and bar at the hotel. Very pretty!

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This is my room. Have a look at the thickness of the walls (near the windows). It’s at least half-a-meter thick. And the ceiling…this is fantastic.

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And the light….. OMG! Love it.

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Five minutes from the hotel there is a famous Cataract Gorge. The gorge on the South Esk River is a natural formation close to city centre. Local people love this place and come on weekends or after work for BBQ, picnics or swimming.

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Hydro electric station was built on the river in 1892 and it supplied electric power to Launceston until 1955. Some buildings from that time are still around.

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The walking path along the gorge is very steep. Lots of stairs with uneven steps make climbing very challenging.

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Huge erect boulders are everywhere. They look like stone guards.

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This is Launceston from above.

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Lots of peacocks live in the garden area at the bottom of the hill. They are everywhere. Huge birds are not scared of people, but  prefer to keep some distance. Just in case…

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It’s getting dark in the Gorge. Full moon just emerges in the sky.

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Kings Bridge looks beautiful at any time of the day or night.

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Hobart

 

The distance between Hobart and Launceston is less than 200 km. The road is great, so the trip takes under two hours. It’s amazing how I leave Melbourne in the morning,  fly to Launceston and in the evening I am in Hobart. Three cities in a day. That’s my life! And I absolutely love this lifestyle!

 

Somewhere along the Midland Highway I found this group of the first settlers. Where are they heading? Very impressive sculpture.

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This is Elwick Hotel in Hobart. All walls have great paintings. I had to look twice at this picture until I realised they are not the real patrons! But I was quite impressed, so I crossed the road to take some photos.

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And this painting is on the other side.

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Looks like this bar is very popular with locals!!!

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Authentic classic car sits in a carpark , waiting for its owner.

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I could not resist to take this photo of the young mother/ waitress, who brings her baby to work. The boy is peacefully asleep, while his mother is serving tables. How cute is this….

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Enough words. Just pack your bags and come here! You will love Tasmania! I promise!

 

 

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