Launceston is Australia’s second or third oldest city (sources vary) and is nestled between the Tamar River and scenic Cataract Gorge at the beginning of the beautiful Tamar Valley. Founded in 1805 it has managed to retain much of its heritage, architecture and streetscapes. The sightseeing tours (right) are a great introduction to Launceston the whole family can enjoy!
Launceston is approximately 200 km north of Hobart and is home to the Australian Maritime College, the northern campus of the University of Tasmania and the Australia School of Fine Furniture.
One of our favourite online retailers, is based at their retail shop in Launceston. Cool Things is all about the latest cool gadgets, gizmos and gifts that make you say “That’s Cool” and is run by a cool chap called Peter.
- Launceston accommodation – Launceston hotels, motels and budget accommodation
- Launceston tours – tours of the city and tours of Tasmania from Launceston
- Launceston Cup in February
- Royal Launceston Show in October
- Launceston Eskmarket (Esk Market) every Sunday – scroll down their page for details
- Launceston City Council includes a local calendar of events. There is also a street map and area road map but they are very large files.
- Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
- Launceston Online Access Centre in the Launceston Library
- Launceston Weather Forecasts
- The Examiner Newspaper Tasmania’s oldest newspaper and publishing business (est. 1842)
- York Park (Aurora Stadium) Launceston See also wikipedia entry on York Park