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Welcome to Launceston

A provincial city nestled in pleasant hilly countryside, Launceston is the largest centre of population in Northern Tasmania and the second largest city in the island state after Hobart. Launceston is easy to explore, from its elegant streetscapes to century-old parks, which sit beside revitalised areas such as Launceston Seaport, with its waterfront eateries. It is the ideal base from which to explore northern Tasmania.

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Launceston has many fine Georgian buildings from the colonial era, however it is its parks and private gardens, which are ranked among the best in Australia, for which Launceston is best known. European trees, particularly oaks and elms, and flowering shrubs flourish in the mild, moist climate. The South Esk River cuts a deep canyon through the hills near its junction with the Tamar, known as Cataract Gorge. Its rapids are particularly spectacular after heavy rains have fallen in the central highlands. A pathway on the north side of the gorge leads to Cataract Cliff Grounds Park, where European shrubs and trees have been established with the native flora. The South Esk is crossed here by a suspension bridge which leads to a picnic area, an Olympic swimming pool and a children s wading pool. A chair lift also crosses the gorge.

See and Do

Wildlife sanctuaries and zoos; in the wild.

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History and Heritage

Historic Homes, Heritage Sites and Museums.

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Parks and Gardens

Great spots to relax and enjoy.

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National Parks and Reserves

Get close to nature.

views and vistas

Guided tours and activities around Launceston and the Tamar Valley.

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Walking trails in and around Launceston.

Not To Miss

Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge is Launceston's own little piece of wilderness, a unique natural formation of sheer cliffs and cascades just 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Visitor facilities include walking and hiking trails, the world s longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, kiosk, peacocks and wildlife, gardens, a suspension bridge, Interpretation Centre and lookouts with spectacular views. Cruise vessels ply Cataract Gorge daily.of the lives and times of those poor wretches who were transported to Australia from Britain to start a new life on the other side of the world.

Tamar Valley

The wide Tamar estuary, flanked by two first-class highways, serves the heavy industrial districts and port of Bell Bay at the mouth of the Tamar River. The valley is picturesque and full of interest; it is the second most important fruit growing district in the state. Many orchards offer door sales of their produce. There are also more than 20 vineyards lining the shores of the valley and tourists are guided by the Tamar Valley Wine Route. The East Tamar Highway, linking Gorgetown with Launceston, is one of Tasmania's oldest roads. Alongside it are numerous heritage buildings, the remains of three convict built semaphore stations at Mount Direction and an historic lighthouse and signal station at Low Head.itime history, abundant birdlife and wildlife, tall forests and historic lighthouse, Bruny is an island paradise in Australia s deep south.

Tamar Valley Wine Region

The Tamar Valley is a truly cool climate wine region and we are focused on producing wines of exceptional quality that are elegant and pristine, reflecting our pure soil and air. You can expect to taste excellent examples of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Our sparkling wines are considered by many to be second only to Champagne itself.