launceston on the Tamar River

Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and has redefined itself as a cultural hub with vibrant cafes, museums and open parkland. Launceston is just over two hours’ drive (198 kms) north of Hobart.

If exploring local wineries in the Tamar Valley, hiking through the Cataract Gorge and discovering the elegant streetscapes of century-old parks and waterfront cafes sounds like your perfect getaway, then Launceston will capture your imagination and give you the well-deserved holiday or romantic getaway you long for.

This small compact city has a population of 68,000. It is easy to explore; you can walk the elegant streetscapes and through century-old parks, which sit beside revitalised areas such as Launceston Seaport, with its waterfront eateries. A boardwalk links the Seaport to Inveresk, where you can visit one of Australia’s best regional galleries, the Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk.

Launceston sits at the junction of the North and South Esk rivers. From there, the broad Tamar River valley opens north to Bass Strait 58 kms away. Launceston also offers alpine adventure just 55 kms drive from the city centre.

Launceston’s Cataract Gorge Chairlift is the longest single-span chairlift in the world.