Launceston’s First Impressions Or Just Cataract Gorge


Since I wrote about Hobart’s First Impressions, it’s only fair that I also give my two cents on Launceston (Tasmania’s second largest city; Hobart the first).

I didn’t really get to explore or walk around that much in the city of Launceston, even though I had about two evenings after my tours and a whole day before taking off.

Too be honest, I was too tired to explore after my day tours, and the one whole day I had was partly taken up because I had to move hostels because of bed bugs (tip – don’t stay at the Arthouse Hostel unless you want to be eaten alive by bed bugs). However, I did have a little bit exploring time, and here is my impression.

It didn’t have the same charm as Hobart. The city is small, quiet, and often feels like a ghost town. Shops and dinning places close really early and it was difficult to find a restaurant to have dinner.

There are mountainous landscapes to be seen at almost every turn, but in my short time there, I didn’t find much to do. And, sadly, I wasn’t impressed.

The one thing I did do was make it to the Cataract Gorge, which I absolutely loved. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the city, and worth a visit.The Gorge is stunning and has a ton of natural wilderness.

I wandered around for a few hours and enjoyed it quite a bit. It seems big enough to get lost in and I could have spent all day there if I had all day. There were many people going for a run or properly hiking along the trail paths. People  swam in the river or man-made pool or had lunch on the green grass. You can often spot peacocks, wallabies, or even ducks and their ducklings.

Here are some pictures from Cataract Gorge.

DSCF0327 DSCF0312 IMG_6753 DSCF0305 DSCF0322 DSCF0341IMG_6695 DSCF0333There you have it. My first impression on Launceston. Do you like visiting small towns? Why or why not?



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  1. We had to spend a little more time there than planned since our van was having problems as soon as we boarded the ferry in Melbourne. We liked the gorge too and just walked around town while waiting for the car. I remember we found a good cafe, but you’re right, it’s definitely a sleep little town that feels (or really is) like a ghost town at times.
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