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Paul πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Tasmania, Australia  Photographer + Writer ➑️ My book 'PAUSE: A Collection of Tasmanian Moments' is available now via my website ⬇️ Prints available upon request.

http://pauldfleming.com/

With winter just days away, that means we're also just a few melting snowflakes from waterfall season.
There are a number of waterfalls near Launceston, with Liffey Falls the most popular. And rightly so - they're simply magnificent.
However if you like your waterfalls with fewer folk around, I suggest Lilydale Falls. You'll find these near the town of Lilydale, about 30 minutes north east of Launceston.
While they're not as large as Liffey, you do get two sets of falls for the tiny price of a ten minute walk through ferny forests glades, and both are set in their own lovely little secluded grottos.
While you're out this way, check out the thrilling adventures of the Hollybank Tree Tops zip line (or ride a Segway around the forests if heights aren't your thing), whack a tiny white ball around the award-winning Barnbougle or Lost Farm golf links courses or if you're here in summer head to Bridestowe Lavender Farm and dance your way through a fabulous sensory buffet.
Cheers to the weekend πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š.
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Why settle for a common blue lake when you can have a fabulous pink one!
This is the absolutely awe-inspiring Lake Hillier. You'll find it on Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago, a 45 minute scenic flight from Esperance in Western Australia.

Visitors to Esperance often visit the lake named Pink Lake there but are disappointed it wasn't actually pink. I can understand their confusion; Pink Lake is right near the town, but isn't pink - it was though, once upon a time.
Lake Hillier on the other hand is always pink; but can only be seen from a chartered plane or helicopter, or by boat (a few hours return trip). I'm sure though some folks won't read this but will just complain 'it wasn't pink when I was there' assuming it's where they drove to. I can only try to be helpful πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‚ Happy #throwbackthursday #tbt πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’•.
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Something I love about my hometown of Launceston is how enjoyably walkable it is.
There are endless trails through large parks and natural bushland, boardwalks that snake their way alongside the rivers and even the streets themselves are appealing, with charming terraces and colonial buildings quietly calling out to be admired.
All within walking distance of each other (and my hotel, see the location tag) are wonderful museums, such as the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (πŸŽ¨πŸ–Ό and planetarium πŸ”­πŸŒŒ), the National Automobile Museum (πŸš—πŸŽ©) as well as Boags Brewery (πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»), an AFL stadium (πŸ‰πŸ‘πŸ») and the enchantingly beautiful Princess Theatre (🎭🎻). If you visit on a Saturday, then I recommend mingling with the community at the Harvest Launceston fresh and local food market 🍎πŸ₯•πŸ₯–πŸ§€πŸ₯—πŸ˜). .
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πŸ‘‰πŸ»swipe for the viewπŸ‘‰πŸ».
There's one place that all visitors to Launceston make sure they check out, and that is the magnificent Cataract Gorge.
Just a few steps from the city centre, the South Esk River (the states longest) has carved a dramatic canyon through the landscape; it's especially awesome to see it during a flood, when the roar of the water can be quite deafening!

I strolled up this path, Cataract Walk, which hugs the cliffs from Kings Bridge to the First Basin - which is where most visitors aim for too. There you'll find - often to people's surprise - extensive Victorian-style gardens, rolling green lawns with a huge outdoor (and free) swimming pool, an ornate swinging suspension bridge, two cafes, a restaurant and the worlds longest single-span chairlift.
It's very easy to find yourself exploring for a few hours.
Driving there is an option too, but I think taking this easy 15 minute walk really gives you a sense of arriving somewhere special once you reach the basin πŸ‘ŒπŸ».
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This week I'm continuing sharing my experiences after touring around northern Tasmania for the past few days.
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Launceston, Tassie's second biggest city, sits at the confluence of three major Tassie rivers - the North and South Esk meet to create the Tamar River - and is nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by forested hills and mountains. It's pretty darn picturesque if you ask me, especially when you take the river-hugging drive along the Tamar like here at Rosevears. .

I actually grew up near this area so it's cool to get to share it with you all. .

Although the Tamar is about 70km long (50km to the coast if you hitched a ride with a bird), it's not actually really a river - it's a salty tidal estuary for its entire length. In fact, Launceston experiences a tidal variation of about 3.5-4m (11-13ft) - hence why these boats appear to not be in water...it's because they're not πŸ˜‚.
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While shooting this I experienced the most wonderful act of random kindness. It was -2C as a local resident approached me and proceeded to offer me a hot tea or coffee to help me warm back up! How sweet is that! But it's also quite typical of our welcoming Tasmanian community spirit ❀ So, thank you Karen, you made my week! πŸ™πŸ».
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Early morning strolls are extra fun when you're crunching crisp autumn leaves with each step 😝 While exploring Launceston with @choice_hotels_au I'm basing myself at the Clarion Hotel City Park Grand - and here is the park the name refers to, only a few steps from my door.
First laid out in 1820 - Launceston was established in 1806 - City Park is the city's much-loved green heart (or rather golden heart, at this time of year 😊). Amongst the historical statues, grand buildings and monkeys (yep, πŸ’) I recommend checking out the Design Centre of Tasmania to see some of Tassie's finest creative talents on show, taking the form of furniture, art and design. .
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There may be a whiff of winter in Tasmania's air, but that doesn't mean we're about to start hibernating 😝.
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These incredible colours awed me on my 6km coastal hike in Narawntapu NP, about an hours drive north from Launceston, on Bass Strait.
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Narawntapu is most well known for its adorable animals and seemingly endless Bakers Beach, but it is also one blessed with some stunning landscapes away from that popular hub.
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This is Badger Beach, the starting point on the hike out to Badger Head. Why all the badger references, you may be wondering? It's due to early European settlers likening our unique wombats to the closest thing they could think of from their homeland...they eventually worked out there is no relation between them 😝.
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Oh, and that guy in the canoe - that was the only other human I saw during my visit. There were plenty of wallabies and echidnas though πŸ‘πŸ».
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There are scenic drives...then there are EPIC drives!
This week I'm spending time with @choice_hotels_au, basing myself at their beautiful Clarion Hotel City Park Grand in Launceston, to share some of my favourite places around my childhood city and northern Tasmania.
To kickstart my road trip, I thought where better to start than a meander up Tassie's most impressive drive - this crazy road is known as 'Jacobs Ladder'. It is the only road to the ski village on Ben Lomond, an hour from town.
Would you drive it? How about in winter when it's covered in snow πŸ˜³β„οΈβ›„οΈ.
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The weekend is just moments away, and I can hear the mountains calling.
They're saying you're awesome πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‚. I really wanted to be standing out on that lonely rock, but alas, I have a high sense of self-preservation. Doing silly things is never worth it for 'that shot'.
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I've got a busy weekend coming up, as I'm taking my book to two lovely Tasmanian Markets - Woodbridge (Saturday) and Kingston Beach (Sunday). If you're around, come say hi 😊.
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Last night there was a soothing calm around Hobart, just as the sun was begging to set. Those of you who tuned in to my live insta broadcast got to see what I was seeing too - this perfect sky beautifully reflected in the shallow waters. I love these little moments, and even more when I can share them with you all πŸ’™.
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C'mon guys, can you give T @lifecatchme a πŸ‘‹πŸ» or a πŸ–πŸ» before this gets awkward 😝. Today was one of those perfectly sunny and warm days on the mountain. Rare at this time of year, that's for sure β„οΈπŸ˜.
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If our colourful autumnal leaves don't delight you, maybe the epically artistic trees will? I love the way the rain accentuates the gorgeous colours of these snow gums (and that's Tasmania's very own 'fagus' in the foreground and beyond) πŸ˜ŠπŸπŸ’›πŸ‚β€.
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