Get lost in Launceston's brilliant blend of city and wilderness. Explore the historic streets of the CBD and their restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Head out to a national park right on your doorstep, or venture even further out for a wonderland of wineries and local produce.
Go shopping with the locals at the award-winning Harvest farmers' market and fill your basket with Launceston's freshest and finest. Oysters, cherries, cheese, sourdough, coffee beans, cider, cupcakes – it's foodie heaven, as is a food and wine tour. Launceston is one of only two in Australia to be named as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. When you see what chefs do with the regional bounty at Launceston's top-notch restaurants, cafes and food trucks, you'll understand why. For a special occasion meal, check out Stillwater's contemporary Tasmanian cuisine.
Pack a picnic and head for the wilderness at Cataract Gorge Reserve. It's just a 15-minute walk from the city centre and a local favourite for barbecues and al fresco lunches. Hike along the walking trails or bounce along the suspension bridge. Float above the trees on the Gorge Scenic Chairlift – it's one of the longest in the world. The reserve also has a swimming pool, restaurant, café, and panoramic lookouts. And because it's got both manicured Victorian gardens and wild bushland, you've got even chances of spotting a peacock or a wallaby.
Travel back in time and get a glimpse of rural colonial life at Woolmers Estate, a pioneer farm of the early 1800s, full of heritage treasures. Get your Downton Abbey on at Clarendon Estate, a grand Georgian Regency estate set on the South Esk River. Explore the heritage walled gardens and buildings of this seven-hectare complex. Launceston is one of the country's oldest settlements, and its colonial and early Victorian streetscapes are amazingly preserved. Pick up a map from the Visitor Information Centre and take a self-guided tour of the city's rich history.
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Head to Hobart for a refreshing reset. This harbour city blends history with contemporary culture, outdoor adventure with indoor foodie wonders. Tasmania's capital packs a delicious punch.
Discover Melbourne, a city fuelled by coffee and crazy about sports, art, live music and laneway bars. Eat at the latest fine diner, shop at high-end stores or catch a big-ticket theatre show.
Get prepped for Adelaide's excellent food and wine, fabulous festivals, galleries and museums. Get out into the fresh air at elegant parks, city beaches and wonderful wine country.
With wow factor to burn, Sydney is one of the world's great cities. With that glorious harbour, stunning Opera House and postcard-perfect beaches, it's a destination sensation.