Living Cities – Launceston

Welcome to Launceston

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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

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Coffee, records, comedy and barber all under one small roof

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Organic produce at affordable prices

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Inner city industrial relics, turned inner city dining destination

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Safe, scenic access to the city – wide, well lit, well built walkways and cycleways linking the suburbs to the inner city

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The river path taking me from my temporary home in one Launceston’s oldest suburbs to the city centre

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Appreciation of its heritage – home to some of the most photogenic homes I’ve ever seen. A living city bonus, yes?

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Beautiful inner city suburbs

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Nature on your doorstep – For a city with an industrial heritage, you can lose yourself in nature very quickly and easily in Launceston

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DSCF0761-2 Cataract Gorge, just your regular weekday walking spot

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Launceston Autumn

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The neighbours

More cycleways – cycleways through parks this time

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Why drive when you can ride through this?

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Revitalized carriageworks turned park and shared path

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Launceston marina

Parks – and more parks

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Beautiful sunsets – Just because

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Launceston College at sunset

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DSCF0862-2 The way home

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My buddy on my city tour

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