Launceston (pronounced ‘Lon-ceston’) is Tasmania’s second biggest city after Hobart. Its main tourist attraction is Cataract Gorge Reserve which unfortunately is not dog friendly so we took turns having a look in.
Cressy – the fly fishing capital of Tasmania
Cressy is host to the Tasmanian Trout Expo every September. It’s a shame we weren’t here then as Jonathan might have landed a $10,000 trout. Cressy sits on the Macquarie River and is also close to Brumby’s Creek and weirs which are regarded as some of the best trout fishing spots in Tasmania. Jonathan caught a couple of rainbow trout in the Macquarie River. He’s becoming an expert trout filleter too and we had rainbow and brown trout fillets for dinner to compare the two.
There were some beautiful sculptures next to the bridge carved by Eddie Freeman from Ross. One depicted Dr William Valentine and his telescope. He was responsible for the US Naval observatory team who observed the Transit of Venus at Campbell Town in 1874.
This historic town has several National Trust buildings and a very English feel to it. It even has a village green complete with stocks.