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Spring to it in Launnie

Explore the city's green spaces as the weather warms.

'Tis the season for colour and chlorophyll and you're invited to soak it all up around Launceston.

Scattered across the City are green spaces of all shapes and sizes now in bloom after a rather wet winter.

Kara North is a horticulturist at the City of Launceston and says visitors should expect to see fresh and fabulous scenes.

"Everything's budding up. You've got camellias and magnolias - beautiful foliage and flowers that are coming out at the moment.

"All our ground staff have worked really hard over the winter months so you're going to see freshly mulched garden beds and annuals, which we planted over the past couple of months."

While the Cataract Gorge is a must-see, with its dramatic, ancient rock faces, fierce torrents and native shrubs and trees, Kara encourages garden enthusiasts to check out some other green pockets of the city.

"City Park is a really great place to see the pops of colour and annuals such as polys and pansies. The conservatory has just been refreshed and is looking fantastic.

"Within the CBD, we've got Prince's Square, right in the heart of the CBD and up at the Aquatic Centre, there are some beautiful bright colours on the corner of York and High Street."

Caledonian Square is another hidden gem along Invermay Road and Kara says the open, flat Brickfields on the outskirts of the CBD is a great space for kids as is St George's Square on High Street.

"Mayfield has some great little playgrounds and parks and the cherry blossom at Machen's Reserve at Kings Meadows is starting to open with that nice little pink fluffy petal. Machen's also has a pond with frogs and is a great space to walk the dog."

Back at the Gorge, Kara says the lush Daffodil Walk on the northern side of the reserve is a must.

"It is a whole bank of daffodils and is such a spectacular scene. If you're lucky you may even spot a prancing peacock."

Another of Kara's insider tips: a precious pine tree in City Park.

"Somewhere in the park is a Wollemi pine, which is quite a rare species of tree so if you can find that - well done! It looks a bit tropical with leaves and branches that span straight out and has little fingers."

City Park has been a destination for recreation since its beginnings in the 1800s, when it actually served as a zoo for some time. You'll still find Japanese Macaques and ducks, plus grand elm, oak, maple and plane trees.

Kara's based at Riverbend Park, down by the estuary, and extends a warm invitation to families in particular.

"Come for a play and stay for the day! We have play equipment and sensory experiences for all ages, barbeques, toilets plus so much space to roam and explore."

Spring in Launceston brings with it many climates - rain in the morning, sunny by afternoon - but Kara and her colleagues adapt to the changes and work around according to the weather in order to keep the city looking tip-top for locals and tourists.


Kara's top three things to do in Launceston in Spring:
1. Gorge loop: from one side to the other, about an hour dawdling!
2. Do some shopping, grab some lunch and head up to Prince's Square where there's a nice big fountain to sit around and it's so serene.
3. Bring the kids to Riverbend Park - have a play and stay all day.