Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and sits at the junction of the North and South Esk Rivers. From here, the broad Tamar River valley opens north to Bass Strait 58 km away.
Elegant historic streetscapes and century old parks and gardens sit beside revitalised areas such as Launceston Seaport with its restaurants and cafes. A boardwalk links the Seaport to Inveresk, where you can visit one of Australia’s best regional galleries, the Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk. With a population of 68,000 the city has a strong sense of identity.
The boardwalk also takes you to Home Point rowing course, skirting Royal Park and King’s Park, passing Ritchie’s Mill, with its galleries and restaurants, before zig-zagging into Cataract Gorge, a place of mystical beauty. Its steep, rugged cliffs and wild areas attract climbers.
Launceston is a good base for exploring the cool-climate vineyards of the Tamar Valley. From Launceston you can also explore national parks such as Narawntapu (known for wildlife spotting) and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair, or the historic villages of Evandale and Longford with their grand old farms and mansions – Woolmers, Brickendon, Panshangar, and Clarendon.
The city was established in 1806, after the collapse of Port Dalrymple (now George Town) at the mouth of the Tamar. It was the Island’s northern military base and a trading centre for wheat and wool farmers and over time as their wealth grew the city developed its grand vision.
Launceston’s weather is temperate like most of Tasmania – averaging 24 degrees Celcius during the summer and 6 degrees Celcius on winter days.
It is a major gateway to Tasmania and is 198 km or a 2.5-hour drive north of Hobart.
Launceston is an Urban CBD Location area within the local government area of Launceston in Tasmania, it is located approximately 161kms from the capital Hobart and extends over an area of 4.255 square kilometres. Launceston has a recorded population of 2944 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Hobart.
If you are planning a visit to Launceston we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Launceston and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.