Saturday, February 11, 2017

Little Footprints in City Park

It was Saturday on my first day in Launceston. As always, Saturday is the most happening day of the week in Australia. Many things always happen on Saturdays, such as weekend market. 

I was on my way to City Park when I found a farmers' market in Cimitiere Street car park, behind Holy Trinity Church. I always love weekend market, be it farmers' market or design market or any other market. Without doubt, I walked in.

It is a good farmers' market with many produces sold directly from the farmers. There are fruits, vegetables, breads, jams, juices, nuts, and many other things. There is a section selling foods too with designated chairs and tables. When I was there, there was someone with amazing voice doing his gig too.

Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Entering the market

The stores


After I indulged myself in a box of fresh blackberries, I walked towards Tamar Street and reached City Park of Launceston. The City Park was established by Launceston Holticultural Society in 1820s as botanical garden. It was handed over to the Launceston City Council in 1863 as People's Park.

City Park features many magnificent shrubs and trees originated from England. Other than trees, shrubs and flowers, City Park features many other things such as monument, fountain, memorial, conservatory hall, pond, macaque monkey display, etc.

I enjoyed strolling in this park so much. There were so many things to see. I did not only watch the features of the park but also the people. The people here looked so laid back, nobody was in a rush. Everybody just enjoyed their life. Everything looked simpler but more colourful here.

City Park of Launceston at Tamar Street

So in love with the gate

All the mature trees
The pretty shrubs

The flower bed
How I love this view
Towards the centre of City Park
The monument of City Park
It looks fabulous from any angle

Macaque Monkey Exhibition

This exhibition is a gift from the sister of city of Launceston, Ikeda, in 1965

John Hart Conservatory

The interior of the exhibition hall


Giant chess

The pond

The memorial of Ronald Campbell Gunn, the man behind the establishment of City Park


The people

There are 2 important buildings within the premise of City Park, which are City Park Radio Station and Albert Hall. City Park Radio Station is located just behind the main gate of City Park while Albert Hall is located at the intersection of Tamar Street and Cimitiere Street.

City Park Radio Station is a non-profit organization, owned and operated by Launceston Community Fm Group Inc. It was established in 1978 and moved to City Park Cottage in 1988. Until now, it is still operating here. A radio museum is also opened for public from Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Albert Hall is a Victorian style structure that was operating as a convention hall since 1891. Covering 1300 square meters, Albert Hall was considered as the world 11th largest building when built. It was a significant heritage building of Launceston. Consisting two levels of halls and function rooms, Albert Hall can be booked for many functions such as weddings, meetings, exhibitions, etc.

City Park Radio Station in City Park Cottage

Albert Hall

Front view of Albert Hall

The grand entrance

Love is in the air,
Little Feet

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