Australia - Tasmania

Tasmania is an island state 240 km. to the south of the mainland separated by Bass Strait. The state is named after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman who made the first European sighting in 1642. Early settlers were mostly convicts and their military guards. Several convict settlements were made including the harsh penal colonies at Port Arthur in the south-east and Macquarie Harbour on the west coast. Aboriginal resistance caused troops to be deployed to drive them onto nearby islands.
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In need of adventure? Kusma - Gyadi suspension bridge in Nepal is 344 meters long and 117 meters high. Fancy a walk in the clouds? Photo by Basu Dahal.

Beautiful Suburban Launceston, viewed from the Tamar River

Beautiful suburban Launceston, viewed from the Tamar River - take a cruise to see it for yourself. Is this a lie to tell a Cornish tourist? ( This is Tasmania by the by!

The Cataract Gorge in Launceston, Tasmania.

Alexandra Suspension Bridge, The Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cataract Gorge Launceston Tasmania Australia

Chairlift and public pool, Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania - right near the centre of town, beautiful spot.

The Tamar Valley Wine Region, Tasmania, Australia

Things to do in Launceston and surrounds - tips from the locals

City Park, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

11 Towns in Tasmania You MUST Set Foot In

Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania

There are a large number of resident peacocks (including at least a dozen chicks on our most recent visit) at Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Launceston is in northern Tasmania at the junction of the North and South Esk rivers to become the Tamar River. The population is more than 100,000. It was settled by Europeans in 1806 and is one of Australia's oldest cities. It was named after a town in the United Kingdom – Launceston, Cornwall. It has been home to several firsts such as the first Australian city to be lit by hydroelectricity.

Historic Penny Royal Watermill, Build in Located: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia by Ryan Jorgensen

City Park Rotunda, Launceston Tasmania

We started our trip in Launceston, Tasmania. Home of James Boags and some nice little cafes. This beautiful park looked great in autumn colours.

Exploring Launceston's Cataract Gorge.

Exploring Tasmania: Cataract Gorge

It was suggested that I check out the Cataract Gorge, one of Launceston’s premier tourist attractions found at the lower section of the South Esk River.