Launceston

History, Nature & Vineyards

Two and a half hours north of Hobart, Launceston is Tasmania's second- largest city. First settled in 1806, the city was Tasmania's northern military base and trading centre for wheat and wool farmers. Over time it has re-created itself, and is now home to some of the nation's most stylish restaurants and accommodation options. The city is compact and pretty and its streetscapes reflect the changing architecture of the 19th century, with colourful Victorian and Edwardian homes lining hillsides along the river.

The city has a strong sense of identity, and has one of the best regional galleries in Australia, along with art and craft galleries and quality restaurants. It's also home to the J.Boag and Son Brewery, a must-do for anyone who appreciates a fine brew.

The city has a strong sense of identity and has one of the best regional galleries in Australia, along with art and craft galleries and quality restaurants. It's also home to the J. Boag and Son brewery, a must-do for anyone who appreciates a fine brew. The unique Cataract Gorge is only a 15-minute walk from the centre of the city. Its Victorian parklands come complete with peacocks, and it has steep, rugged cliffs and wild areas that attract climbers, abseilers and bushwalkers.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Enjoy Nature at Cataract Gorge: This dramatic and picturesque retreat is situated in the middle of Launceston.
  2. Drink to the Boag's Brewery: Learn about the humble beginnings of this local premium drop.
  3. Monument to Miners: See the Mine Rescue Exhibition in Beaconsfield and re-live the story of Todd Russell and Brant Webb.

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Launceston & Tamar Valley chapter in our Tasmania brochure. Click here.

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