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Australia, Tasmania: Launceston – Sleepy Town in Central Tasmania – VIDEO
When I tought Hobart there was absolutely nothing going on in Hobart, Launceston at first seemed even worse. Soon I found out this sleepy town has many interesting nooks and can be quite interesting. Nice houses, brick factories, churches, brewery, a river full of pelicans, and a large city park which holds Japanese macaques. Moreover, Tamar Valley, a vineyard area, is just around the corner.
The second largest city in Tasmania is situated in the north part of the island on the confluence of the Northern and Southern Esk river. Further the river is called the Tamar. It is not far from the sea, however. Tamar has only 70 kilometers in lenght. The second airport in Tasmania is located in Launceston. There are regular flights to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Therefore, the city is often a base for treks to the northern part of the island. Devonport which operates a ferry line to Melbourne is about 100 kilmoeters from Launceston. The largest Tasmanian city of Hobart is twice as much away for you have to travel across the entire island.
Once I arrived in Launceston, I was surprised by the sheer amount of local churches. Some look almost exactly alike. Some are quite original. Mostly, you would easily think they are in central England and not Australia. The same goes for several old factories or houses as they are made of typical red bricks. Many houses have decorated facades and decorative decorative columns at the entrance. When you take a longer look you will notice interesting architectonic details.
I walked through couple of parks. I felt there like if I was in Scotland or England. Only several palms spoiled this feeling. To add to the confusion, there is a large group of Japanese macaques. You can easily observe their easy-going life even half-an-hour. To see more animals visit local zoo. By the way, you can watch the feeding of Tasmanian devils there.
Probably the most popular attraction is Cataract Gorge reserve, a deep canyon with a river and rapids with a chairlift with the longest-single span of 308 meters. Moreover, there is a swimming pool, several cafes, and a funicular railway.
Launceston is worth a visit. One day, however, is enough there. As I have already mentioned- it is a great place from where you can make trips around, for instance to the Cradle Mountain National Park or visit the area around the Great Lake in the west, Tamar Valley vineyards or many national parks in the east.
The state of Queensland in the northeast of Australia is known for its Great Barrier Reef. Therefore, there are also a large number of tourists, especially diving and snorkeling lovers. Its southern part around Brisbane is a bit neglected by tourists but very popular with Australians.
The rock formation of Kata Tjuta lies about 50 kilometers west of Uluru. Both places fall under one national park and have a single ticket. The Australian name for this group of stones is The Olgas - after one of the rocks called Mount Olga. Along the way, Uluru shows us all the way again. Kata Tjuta is a group of 36 rocks, the highest of which reaches a height of 546 meters and its peak is at an altitude of 1066 meters above sea level.
If you really appreciate something about the fact that you visited Uluru in the Australian summer, that is, out of high season, then it is a minimum of people who had a similar idea to you. There are enough places in the parking lots, you do not push with the mass of tourists anywhere and you have your space in all sightseeing places.
Uluru is an icon of Australia. This majestic red monolith rises to a height of 348 meters and its highest point is located at an altitude of 863 meters above sea level. It is the largest single rock monolith in the world.
When you turn west from the village of Erldunda from Stuart Highway, you get to the Lasseter Highway, which leads under other names to Western Australia. From there, you can take road 3 north to Watarrka National Park. If you would like to continue from here to MacDonnell Park, you can, but entry is on license and only for 4x4 cars.
To the west and east of Alice Springs is the highest mountain formation in Central Australia, the Macdonnell Mountain Range with Mt. Zeil, which reaches an altitude of 1531 m. The red center of Australia is therefore one large red badge. There are several places to stay. Often it is fully equipped with no facilities.
In the mountainous center of Australia you can visit the mysterious grouping of stones. The Australians named them Devils Marbles or Devil's Marbles. According to Aboriginal legends, they are the eggs of the Rainbow Snake. On the way from Alice Springs to the north, it appears next to you quite unexpectedly (after about 400 kilometers). These unusual formations can be found in the protected reservation of Karel Karel, which has a total area of 1802 hectares.
Alice Springs is the most famous city in the red center of Australia. All tours that take place on the sacred mountain of Uluru (also called Ayers Rock) start right here. If you go to Alice Springs from the south, you will cross the border of South Australia and Northern Territory. Although you are heading straight north, there is an hour shift between these states.
In the reddish central Australia lies a very interesting city - Coober Pedy. It is famous for opal mining, which has been mined here since 1905. Before we arrive at Coober Peda on our way from Port Augusta, we also stop in Glendambo. Right from the beginning, we are welcomed by a sign saying that there are about 30 inhabitants and 2 million flies. We are also warned that the next gas station will be up to 253 kilometers away.
Australia is a continent of opposites. The densely populated east coast contrasts with the barren red center, the snowy mountains with the desert, and the white skin of immigrant Europeans contrasts with the dark skin of the Aboriginals. Someone is attracted to Australia because it is so far away from us, someone just because of its incredible contrasts, but one thing is certain - it is definitely worth coming here.
Fifth year in a row has Melbourne become the best place to live. Last time I guided you through its modern and busy downtown. However, not many people live in downtown- many travel there for culture and to work there. Let's take a look how other districts look like, districts where people actually live and dwell in.
Had I let go of my travelling job and choose a place to settle, Melbourne would be my choice. Why? The city is built and developed for the people. Not for buildings, industry, developers, and not even for tourists. It is built for the people who live there. Thus it is also one of the best cities to live in in the world. Don't worry. You can still enjoy it and leave with unforgettable memories even as mere visitors.
It is 9 p.m. Streets are almost empty yet you are in Tasmania's largest city which is home to almost quarter of million people. The reason is simple - the city is so vast nobody stays in downtown in the evening. However, it is quite lively and busy during the day. Still, this is a noise and business of a quiet harbor city where is no reason to hurry. Apart from rising number of tourists, there are no radiant tomorrows for the city iteslf.
I thought that I would not find a country which is more diverse than Scotland or Iceland. I was wrong. Tasmanie is an island south from Australia. It is almost as large as the Czech Republic. However, it seems like Scotland, Portugal, New Zealand all at once. Moreover, there are all kinds of animals you have seen only in documentaries about nature.
Welcome to the new series of articles. This time we move to distant lands as we like to say to the antipodes. Our destination is the island of Tasmania which is located near Australia’s southeastern coast.