Visual Diary: Launceston

Tasmania, an Australian state by its own, drifting amidst the wide blue ocean. I never know what to expect of Tasmania despite viewing it through picturesque postcards or friends' adventure vlog around Tasmanian island. Entering via Launceston, it quickly reminded me of New Zealand where its town is a bit livelier than the vast spaces and low laying buildings in Christchurch. Around another corner, the architectural facade of stores has strong resemblance of Wellington's faded pastel tones and Victorian carvings. 

It's not hard navigating yourself around Launceston, because of its grid-like laneways and alleys. Plus, the central business district area is coverable in walking distance. But, if you were me exploring Launceston right in the middle of winter, high chances are your face will be blast with strong cold wind that numbs your senses and increasing painful stings at your fingertips (from not wearing gloves). I have totally underestimated Tasmania's weather temperature since it forecasted to be at similar temperature as Melbourne, yet the real feel literally leave me frozen. So, make sure to bring extra layers of winter clothing no matter how well you have previously adapted in other cold countries. Launceston can take you by surprise with its weather. 

Places (in sequence but not all are captioned): Fountain by Princes Square // Lunch @ Milkbar Cafe + Workshop // Stroll along River Tamar // Random sights within city walk // Mini pavilion @ City Park // Pit Stop @ Ross township // Pink hue by evening along way back Launceston

Launceston is pretty much a ghost town near evening as sky gets dark faster in winter season and most businesses operates until 5-5.30pm. For two days at Launceston, I'm left with quite limited food choices after day trip to Cradle Mountain. But I would highly recommend The Metz Cafe Bar for great Italian cuisine, and Mekong for a simple Vietnamese-Thai cuisine. If you're looking out for quick lunch, the Milkbar Cafe + Workshop is a cozy quiet cafe that serves sandwiches and desserts. Of course, don't miss out ordering a milkshake that really lives up to its cafe's name!

Till then, Launceston. Love, Sharon.


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