May 15, 2019

The City Park Launceston

City Park Launceston is located close to the CBD in the heart of Launceston. The City Park is walking distance from many of Launcestons greatest attractions, but on its own it is a gorgeous location full of trees, picnic areas, a children's play area, a conservatory and even a monkey enclosure!

The City Park is a perfect place to take your family, with something for everyone to enjoy. The best way to enjoy City Park Launceston is to take a packed lunch and set up a lovely picnic area under the trees. There's plenty of space to relax, with room for the kids to run around. There's also a dedicated children's play area with equipment and loads of fun, so you can send the little one's off to play while you relax and enjoy some peace under the trees. Don't forget to stop by the pond to visit the ducks and goldfish.

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Once you've finished your lunch, be sure to check out the John Hart Conservatory, where seasonal flowers are always on display. After that your next stop must be the monkey enclosure. The monkeys are free to visit so there's no excuse to miss this exciting site. Launceston's favourite animal inhabitants are macaque monkeys originally from Japan. In 1965, Launceston became the sister city to Ikeda City in Japan. The monkey's were a gift from their new sister city! Now they are much loved by locals and tourists to Launceston alike. The monkeys are very much at home here, relaxed and mischievous in from of all visitors who come to see them. They are out on public display between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, so there's plenty of opportunity to visit these cheeky creatures.

The monkey guests are only a little of the history of City Park Launceston, though, which was originally a site of the Horticultural Society as early as the 1820s. Once the garden was well developed as a botanical garden, it was handed to the local council in 1963 as the people's garden. These days it is a sanctuary for locals and tourists to relax in nature and visit some naughty monkeys on their way.