Launceston

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DISTANCES: Hobart 199Km, Devonport 101Km, Burnie 152Km

Launceston, centre to northern Tasmania, is the nation's third oldest city and Tasmania’s second largest city, having been established around 1806, soon after Sydney and Hobart.

Being central to northern Tasmania makes Launceston the ideal base to explore other areas of the region - the wine route of the Tamar Valley, the Heritage Highway to Ross, the Great Western Tiers, the coastal North East or the world heritage Cradle Mountain.

It sits at the head of the beautiful Tamar River Valley and has a unique lifestyle that centres around elegant, historic streetscapes, the riverside, century old parklands, the Inveresk cultural precinct and the food, wine and beer for which Tasmania is famous.

One of the best ways to truly understand the rich and fascinating history of the City is to follow the Launceston Heritage Walk. A souvenir map is available from the Launceston Travel and Information Centre. A guided walk of the City is offered by Launceston Historic Walks.

Spend time exploring the Cataract Gorge Reserve, a piece of wilderness just 15 minutes walk from the centre of the City. The 'Gorge' as the locals call it, is where natural beauty combines with examples of engineering resourcefulness to create a place of drama, romance and respite.

Here you can stroll amongst the peacocks in the gardens, hike to one of the lookouts and experience magnificent vistas of the City beyond. If you follow the Duck Reach hiking trail, you'll come to the site of the world's first municipal hydro electric power scheme.

Crossing the Gorge can also be an adventure.  There is the walkway, but for the game, try the Alexandra Suspension Bridge, known locally as the 'swinging bridge’, or ride the longest single span chairlift in the world. The views are spectacular.

Also in the area are walking and hiking tracks, an interpretation centre in the historic band rotunda, swimming pool, peacocks, wildlife, cafe and restaurant.

Launceston is where you can experience Tasmania's famous food and wine and in particular the produce of the Tamar Valley.  Many of our restaurants are nationally acclaimed.

Launceston is also home to the famous J Boag and Son Brewery. In the historic Tamar Hotel, opposite the brewery, you’ll find the Boag’s Centre for Beer Lovers. The centre features a museum, merchandise shop and is the start & finish of the brewery tour.

From a dramatic industrial past to a dynamic culture centre, Inveresk is the City's cultural heart.  The area also includes Aurora Stadium - the home of football in Tasmania, the University of Tasmania and TAFE'S Academy of the Arts and the main site of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

The Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery at Inveresk features the Art Gallery where you experience the diversity and wonders of the institution’s vast collections and exhibitions. The other section of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery is located by the river at Royal Park, and features the fauna, flora and mineral wealth of the island, the story of the Chinese in Tasmania and a guided tour of the stars of our sky in the Planetarium.

Launceston is also home to the world famous Tasmanian Wood Design collection. Once a theatre, the building is part of historic City Park and displays the very best of Tasmania design.

Launceston has magnificent parklands. City Park (Brisbane St & Cimitiere St) includes the magnificent Albert Hall, the conservatory, Senses Garden, Duck Pond, playground and Monkey Island where the famous Macaque Monkeys reside.

Down by the river you can take in all the atmosphere at Seaport or cruise with Tamar River Cruises which takes you from Home Point up the Cataract Gorge, and down the river past wetlands, islands, historic properties and the famous vineyards.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Cataract Gorge Reserve, including the Chairlift (Guide available), Launceston Historic Walks (Guide available), The Great Walk – Duck Reach to Inveresk, Inveresk Precinct, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Seaport, Design Centre – Tasmania, Boag’s Centre for Beer Lovers, Boardwalk – Ritchies Mill (which includes a gallery and Mill Providore).

Tamar River Cruises, McDermott's Coaches run scenic tours of the city and to outlying tourist attractions.

City Park, Cable Hang Gliding, Shopping, Food & Wine outlets, Golf and Bowls are available at various locations, Squash, Swimming Centres, Basketball, Horse  and greyhound racing at Mowbray Racing Centre, Sailing at Tamar Yacht Club,  Many hotels have live bands or nightclubs. 

For more information on Launceston and the surrounding Tamar Valley, visit www.ltvtasmania.com.au or contact Launceston's local Visitor Information Centre:
Launceston Travel and Information Centre
Cornwall Square Transit Centre
12-16 St John Street Launceston.
Open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day)
Freecall: 1800 651 827
Email [email protected]