The Japanese macaque monkey enclosure in Launceston City Park is open from 8am-4pm from April to September and 8am -4.30pm from October to March. More: destinationlaunceston. com.au.
drawing to watch, with wizened solemnity, the rambunctiousness of the juniors. Those who may have reached second childhood seem already to have shuffled off this mortal coil.
Apparently the climate in Launceston suits the monkeys who frolic with each other and take the occasional dip in an enclosure that emulates their natural habitat.
I spend almost an hour watching these primates playing happy families and marvel at how relaxed I feel. It costs me nothing but my time on a bracing Launceston morning, and sets the chatter of my own urban monkeymind to rest.
Japanese macaques at Launceston City Park