Travels along the Tamar

I was so excited to get out and make the most of my last couple of days in Tassie, that I didn’t sleep much.  Which, as it turned out, was just another bonus, because as I decided to take an early morning stroll nearby my hotel, these are the scenes that awaited me…


If you looked up the word ‘tranquil’ in the dictionary, these scenes would have to be pictured there right underneath.  There was a slight chill in the air, the sky was bright blue, with puffy white/grey clouds hiding along the horizon, the water still and reflecting everything in its path.

I decided to spend the day further admiring the scenery of Launceston’s waterways, by joining a Tamar River cruise upon the Tamar Odyssey.  Tamar River Cruises runs a morning cruise which departs not far from my hotel – at Home Point Parade.  Once on board, we are introduced to the crew, and introduce ourselves also, letting everyone know where we are from.  Quite a mix today, some locals, some Hobartians, some Singaporeans and some Melbournites.  We start off down the Tamar, commentary explaining the history of the waterway, local countyside and life staring at us from the riverbanks.

Morning tea is set up, and we munch on local cookies and muffins while meandering down the waterway.

The Tamar was discovered by Matthew Flinders and George Bass in 1798, during an exploration in which they proved that Tasmania was separated from the mainland of Australia.

Then, in 1804, William Collins reported it as suitable for settlement.  The river was named Tamar as a compliment to Governor King who was born on the Tamar in south west England.

On our return journey, we head to Cataract Gorge, while tasting local beers and wines.  All very civilised.

Cataract Gorge is one of Tasmania’s top tourist spots and it’s easy to see why.  The jade coloured waters at the base of the tree lined quarry rocks make for a spectacular entrance to the gorge.

Stepping off the boat at the end of the cruise, I reckon it’s time to explore the rest of the city.  So I walk the streets, which are really quite compact, and head to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Inveresk.  I had a brief look through but the bit that looked really interesting  me was the blacksmiths workshop, which was unfortunately closed due to recent vandalism!  (I believe it is now reopened, though with limited viewings).  Luckily, I was able to snap some photos from the entrance still.

Walking through the streets of Launceston is quite interesting because there are so many different types of architecture.  I found the buildings to be gorgeous and couldn’t stop snapping photos of them.  I love visiting towns where you can still see the charm of yesteryear and not just full of glittering new glass and steel towers!  I love to be able to see the history of a place, and Launceston certainly didn’t disappoint in this regard.


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