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Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and the gateway to the state from the mainland. It is located on the Tamar River not far from Devonport which is the southern terminus for the bass Straight ferry service from Melbourne. The city of Launceston is surrounded by picturesque farming country, small villages and spectacular natural scenery. The Tamar River valley is now famous as a wine producing region and it now producers some of Australia’s best cool climate wines. Cataract Gorge is another local attraction close to Launceston and its steep cliffs and rugged beauty attract tourists, rock climbers and adventure lovers. There is a chair lift to provide an aerial view of the gorge.
The city of Launceston has a population of 68000. It was established in 1806, only a few years after the city of Hobart in the islands south was established. Tasmania is not large by Australian standards and it only takes just over two hours to drive between the two cities. What Tasmania lacks in size, it makes up for in attractions. Nothing is far away, so from a holiday base in Launceston, it is easy to visit places like Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain and the magnificent Gordon and Franklin River systems that provide access to the spectacular wilderness areas along Tasmania’s west Coastnear Queenstown. Along the North coast there are many great towns and places to visit like Burnie, Devonport, Ulverstone Bridport and Stanley. Some of the states most beautiful old growth forests are also in this area and only a short drive from Launceston. Places like the Dismal Swamp and the Savage River National Park are high on most tourists must see list of things to do in Launceston. Just on 55 kilometres to the south east from Launceston is the Ben Lomond National Park. This alpine region offers fantastic bushwalking, rock climbing and limited skiing when good snow falls occur. In Launceston itself, local attractions include the Boags brewery and Seahorse World where you can see breeding displays of these beautiful creatures.
Launceston is a great place to stay. The casino has excellent accommodation and is very popular. There is also a wide choice of hotels in Devonport, resorts and apartment style, family accommodation. Launceston also has several quality caravan parks for those who choose to tour the state on a campervan or motorhome style of holiday. This is a really popular way to spend a touring holiday through Tasmania and Launceston is a great place to start out. There is a wide range of vehicles to choose from.
Launceston is a great place to visit and use as a base for a Tasmanian adventure holiday.