Launceston is Tasmania’s second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is jam-packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights.
One of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks.
Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston’s star natural attraction.
There’s also plenty of culture on offer at art galleries, museums and local designer stores, not to mention the famous cool climate wines, local brews and fine dining that are the essence of the Launceston experience.
And for a little ‘home away from home’, why not catch a game of AFL at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium?
From Launceston, you can follow the Tamar River Valley north through Tasmania’s premium wine-growing region, past forested hills and farmland, lavender fields, vineyards, orchards and pretty riverside towns. Historic villages are found around every corner, from Longford on the outskirts of Launceston to Evandale, Ross and Campbell Town along the Heritage Highway south.
For those interested in wildlife, nearby Narawntapu National Park provides many opportunities to see Australia’s unique animals.
Launceston’s history began in 1804 when the commandant of the British garrison Lt. Col. William Paterson, set up a camp at Port Dalrymple, now known as George Town. A few weeks later, the settlement was moved across the river to York Town and in 1806 they finally settled in Launceston.
• Explore the majestic Cataract Gorge Reserve and take a river cruise, an ideal way to explore the Tamar River and wetland area
• Visit the Queen Victoria Museum, one of Australia’s best regional galleries
• Explore the streets to enjoy the historic architecture spread across our walkable city centre.
For those travelling to Tasmania, book with Spirit of Tasmania to receive a special discount. The offer is only available for a limited time, and can be claimed by clicking here.
For those looking for accommodation in Launceston, book with Best Western Plus on Earl Street to receive a special discount. Just quote the code “ARMISTICE” when booking to receive this special deal.
While you are enjoying Launceston for the Centenary of Armistice concert, we recommend you take the chance to explore Launceston and Northern Tasmania. No matter where you are looking to relax, explore the natural environment, wander amongst the history and architecture, sample the cuisine and hospitality, or all of the above and more – you’ll find it all here within driving distance of Launceston.
To find out more about what you can do in our region, there are plenty of websites where you can find out about the local attractions, including;