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Launceston City Park

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Published October 17th 2014
Forget shopping and crowds; spend a day at the park instead
All the people,

So many people,

They all go hand in hand,

Hand in hand through their Parklife. – Parklife, Blur.

Most city dwellers love parks. And why not? When you're avoiding being run over all day, breathing in engine fumes and being inundated with horns of every tone and timbre, it makes sense to take refuge in the peaceful oasis of a tree and shrubbery-filled park.

City Park, Launceston, trees, shrubs, conservatory, monkeys
Behind these gates lie a whole lotta fun.

It's nice to have picnics in parks, read the newspaper or a book, catch up with friends, or even hold a child's birthday party. They're free to hang out in, there are no inspectors hitting you up with fines for staying too long, and it's a "come one, come all" kind of affair.

Just think about how parks are represented in films and TV shows – more than 300 movies have been filmed in New York's Central Park, making it the most filmed location in the world. It has showed up in Sex and the City, Borat and Breakfast at Tiffany's, just to name a few.

City Park, Launceston, trees, shrubs, conservatory, monkeys
Even the ducks here seem chilled out.

You'll often stumble across yoga and tai chi classes at your local park, so it's a fair assumption to think of them as peaceful places. But then again, you'll often find boot camp groups at parks too, heaven forbid.

Launceston's City Park would have to be one of this small city's best attractions. Launceston is becoming more and more cosmopolitan by the year, and now has a range of gorgeous bars, including Saint John's Craft Beer and restaurants like Buddha Thai and PX Tapas and Wine. And now that Longford boy Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker prize for fiction, Tasmania's north is more on the map than ever.

City Park, Launceston, trees, shrubs, conservatory, monkeys
One of the many trees you can sit beneath and find yourself under.

Smack-bang in the middle of Launceston, City Park features trees, shrubs, flowers, a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, memorials, fountains, the John Hart Conservatory, a duck pond, a giant chess board, children's playground and the Thomas the Tank Engine train ride for kids.

The venue is home to plenty of gatherings and musical events, like Tasmania's food, wine and entertainment Festivale and Music in the Park, which is a council project that provides free performances by local bands.

A memorial unveiled in 1904 for the first Tasmanian troops in South Africa.
A memorial unveiled in 1904 for the first Tasmanian troops in South Africa.

You'll most likely have plenty to do here – the monkeys alone will keep you fascinated for at least an hour. But if you're stuck for ideas, here are some ideas for things to do at City Park:
1. Go on a date. Pack a picnic – but make sure cheese, crackers and wine are included. You're pretty much certain to woo your love interest.
2. Play a team game, preferably Frisbee. Why? Cos Frisbee is a lovely retro game that can be played small or long range and with adults, kids and even dogs. It's versatile.
3. Go nature spotting – identify wildlife and the different trees and plants.
4. If you've got kids, set up a treasure hunt. Just make sure to do it in the daylight hours and where you can keep an eye on them, of course!
5. Read! Turn off your Smartphone and finally get stuck into that book you've been meaning to devour.
6. Put pen to paper. Write a letter - or even a love letter. Write in your journal. Write poetry. This is one of the best locations to get your creative juices - and ink - a'flowin.

City Park, Launceston, trees, shrubs, conservatory, monkeys
Why leave Launceston at all when the fountains are so nice?
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Why? Read a book and smell the roses.
Where: 45-55 Tamar Street, Launceston
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