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Launceston

Launceston

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Time travel

See stunning early Victorian architecture in and around Launceston city by taking a self-guided tour; pick up a “heritage walking map” from the Launceston Travel and Information Centre. There are three walking trails to choose from (a 30-minute trail, a 70-minute trail and a 90-minute trail) and they all start at Civic Square near the Town Hall.

 

Nature valley

Experience the magnificent Cataract Gorge – only 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Follow the boardwalk alongside the Tamar River from Seaport up to Kings Bridge; arrive at the basin and find the First Basin Café: casual dining with a world class view. You can ride the world's longest single span chairlift, and see local wildlife. Lose hours and entire days here.

 

Bumper harvest

The Harvest Market is on every Saturday and offers the very best food and fresh produce from the region. Located alongside the beautiful City Park, it’s also home to the highly entertaining Japanese macaque monkeys. There is a variety of cheeses, freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries, fruits and vegetables – pick up your picnic essentials here.

 

Day trippin'

Get out of the city centre and explore Tamar Valley, a renowned wine producing area just north of Launceston. Apart from the obvious appeal – wines! – you can visit the lavender fields, pick fresh strawberries on a local farm, enjoy a river cruise and go fishing in the Tamar River.

Arty hearty

Launceston is a proud supporter of the arts and there are many venues to suit all artistic bents. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery houses history and natural science collections, as well as fine and decorative arts, including an extensive colonial art section. If you’re into design and architecture, don’t miss Design Tasmania, which showcases works by local artists. The 1842 Gallery houses handcrafted furniture while Sawtooth ARI is a contemporary arts gallery.

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