The ultimate guide to Launceston
Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities, which explains all the charming Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks dotted about the place.
A riverside city in northern Tasmania, a noted food and wine region with a side serving of excellent scenery, Launceston is the state’s second largest city.
Whatever you do, though, don’t upset the locals by revealing yourself to be some kind of “Mainlander” by incorrectly pronouncing Launceston: it’s “lonn” not “lawn”. Get that right, and you’ll have a great time down there.
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With around forty per cent of Tasmania being protected national parks and reserves, you’re never too far from some natural scenery.
In Hobart, a ten-minute drive and you’ll be at waterfalls, but Launceston beats that, with the magnificent Cataract Gorge being a mere 1.5 kilometers from the city centre.
Strutting peacocks will greet you in the car park, and then there’s a swimming pool surrounded by lawn that’s ideal for picnics and barbeques, while a cafe and restaurant in the area adds to your options.
The world’s longest single span chairlift will take you across the South Esk River, providing views of the Gorge and First Basin, or you can explore the surrounding wilderness via the walking and hiking trails, which will take you to panoramic lookouts.