Visiting Launceston Tasmania
Launceston Tasmania might be Tasmania’s second city in size following Hobart, however it is anything but mediocre. With just 68,000 residents, it’s big enough to have all the facilities you could want, but small enough to have kept all of its old world appeal. Whenever you visit Launceston, you will have every kind of holiday experience you could dream of all in one naturally beautiful setting.
Launceston was originally established in 1806 after the collapse of Port Dalrymple. The city has enjoyed an unbroken history since then and signs of its history can be found everywhere you go. Initially Tasmania’s northernmost military base, it was also a vibrant trading center. As the city grew and became more prosperous, it developed into the shiny jewel that it is today.
When you visit Launceston, you will be sure to be given a warm, old world welcome. Your Launceston accommodation will be like no other and may even be a cottage constructed in the first part of the 19th century, but with all the modern amenities you could want. Or it might be a luxurious resort and spa. The option is yours. Launceston Tasmania has it all.
Launceston Tasmania isn’t a big town and it is simple to find your way around, even on foot. While you explore the city, you can visit elegant historical sites, go shopping or dining in the center of the city or at Launceston Seaport. Then you can take the boardwalk that connects Seaport with Inveresk, where you can visit the Queen Victoria Museum, one of the best regional galleries in Tasmania. Your boardwalk excursion will also take you past the popular Ritchies Mill and even more superb restaurants and galleries.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you reach Cataract Gorge. Cataract Gorge has been described as a place of “mystical beauty” and its sheer cliff faces and wild unspoiled beauty will leave you in a state of amazement. There are two ways to explore Cataract Gorge: the easy way and then the hard way. The easy way is to go the chairlift and get a bird’s eye view of all the gorge’s attractions. The hard way is to descend to the bottom and join the other rockclimbers who take on the challenges of the vertical cliff faces.
So far, you have seen a great deal and you have only been discovering Launceston on foot. Jump into your car or take a tour of the region and you are in for even more enjoyable surprises. For instance, from Launceston you can easily access the cool-climate vineyards found in the Tamar Valley. Just take the Tamar Valley Wine Route and you’re there. If you favor sightseeing to wine tasting, you can take a river cruise and explore the Tamar River and surrounding wetlands area.
Also within easy reach of Launceston are some historical villages like Evandale and Longford. Longford, like Launceston, has a long history. Situated in the middle of the region’s farming area, Longford features old world farming estates still run by descendents of their first settlers who first began farming them in the early decades of the Nineteenth Century.