The subtly majestic main entrance gate with the big, cut-out words ‘City Park’ emblazoned across it welcomes you to Launceston’s lush and tranquil leisure ground. This beautiful parkland has been a beloved fixture of the city since the 1820s and contains plenty of little surprises within to delight and enchant its many new and returning visitors.
Once upon a time, this heritage park was called the ‘People’s Park’ and was first tended to and developed by the Launceston Horticultural Society before being handed over to Launceston City Council in 1863.
Strolling around the parkland today, you can see that it is still very much a park for the people of Launceston – a green oasis to escape to when a little quiet contemplation or leisurely relaxation is needed. At one corner of the park sits the grand and historic Albert Hall, built in 1891 and still in use today for concerts and events.
Other areas to seek out include the popular Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure; the elegant John Hart Conservatory with its glass roof and year-round display of plants and vibrantly coloured flowers; and the giant public chessboard located just opposite the conservatory where you can combine strategy with a bit of supersized fun. Make a day of it all by bringing a picnic and enjoy lunching under a shady tree or in the designated barbecue area.
City Park is situated in the heart of Launceston. The main entrance is on Tamar Street or the corner of Cimitiere and Lawrence Streets. Just across the North Esk River opposite City Park (access by continuing to follow Tamar Street and cross the Victoria Bridge) is the beautiful Queen Victoria Museum where you can browse a wide array of natural science exhibits and collections.