Launceston, TAS Travel Guide
Welcome to Launceston, TAS!Launceston is Australia's third oldest city, Tasmania's second largest centre and a major hub in the state's northern region. Situated in the Tamar Valley along the confluence of the Tamar and Esk rivers, Launceston is also a popular tourist destination for its many vineyards and the Cataract Gorge. The latter is an ancient rock gorge and urban reserve located in the city that boasts a wooden bridge-like pathway along the gorge—s cliff face, as well as the Basin Chairlift, which is believed to be the longest single chairlift span in the world. Wine connoisseurs eager to sample the area—s well known fine wines can follow the marked Tamar Valley Wine Route, which incorporates stunning river views and plenty of vineyards along the way.
The city itself is also worth exploring with popular attractions such as the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, considered the creative heart of the area and home to everything from impressive collections of visual arts to natural science and history exhibits. Launceston's City Park, established in the 1820s, is another photo favourite with colourful gardens, a duck pond, monuments and a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure. In addition to its wide range of sights and attractions, Launceston also boasts exciting tours and activities, including all terrain tours, hang-gliding and paragliding, motorcycle tours, boat trips and even ghost tours.
This urban reserve is more than a stunning spectacle of the natural world; it is also a recreational haven.
Hotels & Motels
The Batman Fawkner Inn offers 27 budget guest rooms, all with ensuite facilities and a bar fridge.
Launceston visitors or wine connoisseurs wishing to see the area's many vineyards can follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route or join a guided tour of the region's wineries and cellars.