Population: 66,500,  
Elevation: 15m
Latitude:41.2600,   Longitude:147.0900
Location:  198km north of Hobart
Highway:Midland, Bass and Tamar Hwys 
Nearest Major Town:Launceston
Nearest Airport:Launceston
Touring Area:Launceston and Area

The mall in the heart of Launceston


  • Albert Hall
  • Boag & Son Brewery
  • Cataract Gorge Reserve
          Walking and hiking trails, lookouts, gardens and the world's longest chairlift.
  • Chinese Temple
  • City Park
  • Design Centre Tasmania
  • Discovery Room
  • Earl Art Centre
  • Franklin House
  • Heritage Forest
  • Inveresk Precinct
  • Kings Bridge
  • National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
  • Old Launceston Seaport
  • Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery - Royal Park
          Launceston Planetarium. In the above gallery. 30 minute shows on the planets and heavens.
  • Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery - Inveresk
  • Ritchie Mill
  • Tamar River Cruises
  • Tamar Valley
  • The Basin Chairlift
  • The Boardwalk
  • Town Wharf
  • York Park
  • Country Club Casino

  • Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm.
        Best seen in January. Lavender oils and products.
  • Entally House.
        National Trust Homestead at Hadspen
  • Low Head Penguin Observatory. - see penguins at dusk.
  • Low Head Historic Precinct.
        Lighthouse, Maritime Museum, views. Award winning conplex.
  • Town of Ross.    Historic village with a 1836 bridge and many fine buildings.
  • The Grubb Shaft Museum.     Tells the story of goldmining at Beaconsfield.
  • Grindelwald Holiday Resort. - Swiss style resort village.
  • Woolmers & Brickendon Historic Estates.     Original homestead, farm buildings and cottages.
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    Tasmania Travel and Information Centre
    Cnr. Cimitiere & St. John Sts., Launceston
    Ph: 03 6336 3133 fax: 03 6336 3118
    Free Call: 1800 651 827.

  • By car along the Midland, Bass or Tasman Hwys.
  • Direct plane to Launceston Airport from Melbourne or Hobart.
  • Coach
    Coach Operators
    Redline: Ph: 1300 360 000
    Greyhound Pioneer: 132 030

  • Launceston, Tasmania's second oldest city was founded in 1805 and was originally called Patersonia. Its extensive parks and gardens contain additional attractions, such as the John Hart Conservatory, a Russian cannon that is more than 150 years old, monkeys and ducks (City Park), a bronze fountain (Princes Square) and a Victorian band rotunda (Cliff Grounds). Well preserved buildings of various periods are a feature of Launceston, where the trend has been to recycle both dwellings and industrial establishments, rather than demolish them. Consequently, the city is noted, in particular, for its Victorian streetscapes and Georgian buildings. Newer developments have also been well planned, with the Quadrant and Yorktown Square combining a touch of the past with modern amenities in the central shopping district. Likewise, with the vast Penny Royal complex just beyond the city centre. Cataract Gorge Reserve, which includes the First Basin, an open area surrounded by bushland, and the Cliff Grounds, form extensive recreation spots just 15 minutes walk from the heart of Launceston. The two attractions are linked by a suspension bridge and the world's longest single-span chairlift. The reserve is ideal for walking, swimming, viewing historic gardens and exotic plants or simply relaxing in the restaurant or tearooms. It is also worth spending time in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, regarded as the best non-capital city museum in Australia, the Community History Museum, Macquarie House and Launceston's first-class arts and crafts outlets, including the Design Centre and the Ritchies Mill complex.
    What to See and Do:
    Explore city parks and gardens, visit the Albert Hall, the Planetarium in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the Duck Reach and Trevallyn power stations (with windsurfing and cable hang gliding at Lake Trevallyn), Waverley Woollen Mills, the National Automobile Museum and Tamar Knitting Mills, cruise on the Tamar River in a paddle steamer, try your luck at the Launceston Federal Country Club Casino, and call at outstanding National Trust properties, Franklin House (on the outskirts of Launceston) and Entally, at Hadspen (13km). Farther afield, there are vineyards, fruit farms, maritime attractions, such as Low Head lighthouse, Pilot Station (maritime museum) and semaphore mast, and a Swiss-style holiday village in the Tamar region, the Bridgestowe Lavender Farm at Nabowla (54km), vineyards near Pipers River, knitwear and crafts at Lalla (25km) and waterfalls at Lilydale (27km).

      © Copyright Peter W. Wilkins