Launceston, the State’s second largest city, is located in the lush Tamar Valley. It is a thriving city with accommodation of international standard, excellent shopping, and an historic ambience created by its distinctive architecture. Launceston was the nation’s third city settled in the fledgling colonies of the 1800s, just a few years after Sydney and Hobart.
Few places can match Launceston’s natural charm. The city has grown up round an ancient ravine cut into the hills by the South Esk River as it rushes to join the Tamar River on its way to the sea. The ravine, or ‘Gorge’, gouged out thousands of years before the first houses started to cluster about its sides, has been a major focus for Launceston’s leisure time since the city’s earliest days.
Cruises run daily from Launceston and are the ideal way to view the stunning scenery and unique wildlife of the Tamar River.
Since its beginnings, Launceston’s residents have prided themselves on the construction and preservation of fine architecture so that, nearly 175 years on, excellent examples of early colonial, Federation and Victorian buildings are still part of everyday life.
Within an easy half day round trip is the Lilydale area, known as Tasmania’s “Country Garden” because of its fertile cultivated and natural vegetation. The area is a gardener’s delight with features like the W.A.G. Walker Rhododendron Reserve - a 40 hectare park of flowering shrubs and exotic plants, and Hollybank Reserve, planted in the early part of this century with row upon row of English Ash trees intended as timber for a local tennis racquet factory. It’s now a delightful haven of native and European vegetation.
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