Walk Launceston - it's a photographer’s dream
Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart, and is a quick direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. If you’re looking for a place to be at one with nature, Launceston is the place. Located in the picturesque Tamar Valley, Launceston offers many attractions for nature and animal lovers. Visit the Cataract Gorge Reserve, Tasmania Zoo, Platypus House and Seahorse World, and if you have a little time to spare, venture out of the city centre to the Hollybank Forest, Tamar Island Wetlands and Supply River Mill Reserve.
The best way to explore Launceston is on foot; whatever the weather conditions, it’s a photographer’s dream. It's also the ideal place for city folk who've long had dreams of slowing things down a bit and basking in the glory of majestic natural setting.
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When to go
Launceston has a cool, mild climate with its four seasons very much distinct. Geographically situated in the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania, it’s in hilly and mountainous terrain, so Launceston's weather can change markedly across a short period. Layered clothing is essential.
The warmest months are January and February with an average temperature ranging from 12.2°C (54°F) to 24.4°C (76°F). The coldest month is July, with an average temperature range of 2.2°C (36°F) to 12.5°C (55°F). Launceston rarely receives snowfall. Choose your preferred climate; it’s chilly in winter, pleasant in summer.
Hire a car for A$30/day and see beautiful Launceston your way. Local buses are run by Metro Tasmania (13 22 01), with most departing from St John Street between Paterson and York Streets. Buy a daily pass for just A$4.80, for use after 9am, Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. You can hire a bicycle: Backpackers Equipment Hire, tel: +61 (3) 6334 9779