Stately buildings, quaint galleries and a reputation for great food

Settled by Europeans in 1806, Launceston is rife with historic buildings – Macquarie, Clarendon and Franklin Houses are all worth looking into. Launceston City Park was established in the 1820s, and is an important part of the city's heritage. If modern-day marvels are more your thing, try heading to the National Motor Museum or one of Launceston's many fine art galleries and unusual markets.

Launceston: HarbourLaunceston Harbour

Heading out of the city centre brings visitors to the wilderness Tasmania is so renowned for. Most locals recommend the Cataract Gorge, a place that attracts hikers and rock climbers alike. For those wanting a more relaxed view of the area, a chairlift is available to take visitors to the top of the Gorge to a magnificent scenic lookout. A trip further into the Tamar Valley will expose the cool-climate wineries and boutique breweries of the region, the rich agricultural basin (can anyone say organic produce?) as well as the stunning Tamar River – a river cruise should definitely be on your to-do list.

Launceston: Watermill TavernEnjoy an old-worldly dining experience at Watermill Tavern

Everything you need is in Launceston – food, wine, history, the great outdoors – there is no more perfect place to holiday.

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