Welcome to Launceston
With a population of just over 100,000 people, Launceston would probably not even be considered a city in a lot of minds. Launceston is however, Tasmania’s second largest population centre.
I was last in Launceston over 7 years’ ago on my way to an adventure on the Overland Track. I was told then, that it was “a hole” and to not hang around too long. I did just that, walked around town in one afternoon and felt that I had seen enough of Launceston. Calling it a hole was probably a little unfair,but as a tourist I found it probably at worst unmemorable.
Launceston, today though, has definitely evolved from the “hole” I last visited. This time, I had more than an afternoon to spend in the city, using the city as a base to access mountain bike trails both in the city and in the greater region. Unlike my last visit, I was now equipped with some pointers from a local friend and had my trusty mountain bike to travel around town in. Everything I have written about in this post was easily accessible by bike (hence also by foot if you don’t mind going slower) within a day.
Lively cafe culture and arts movement – thriving small businesses, great coffee, easy access to affordable great produce and revival of the heritage architecture
Safe, scenic access to the city – wide, well lit, well built walkways and cycleways linking the suburbs to the inner city
Appreciation of its heritage – home to some of the most photogenic homes I’ve ever seen. A living city bonus, yes?
Nature on your doorstep – For a city with an industrial heritage, you can lose yourself in nature very quickly and easily in Launceston
More cycleways – cycleways through parks this time
Parks – and more parks
Beautiful sunsets – Just because