Outback Towns

Launceston

The city of Launceston can be found approximately 200kms north of the state capital – Hobart.

About Launceston

The city of Launceston can be found approximately 200kms north of the state capital – Hobart. Launceston was settled by Europeans in 1806 and was originally Tasmania’s northern military base and trading centre for wheat and wool farmers.

It was named after a town in Cornwell (United Kingdom) of the same name.

As one of Australia's oldest cities, Launceston has been home to some interesting ‘firsts’. The city was the home of the first use of anaesthetic in the Southern Hemisphere and also the first Australian city to have underground sewers.

After Hobart, Launceston is the largest city in Tasmania with a population of approximately 106000 people. The city is now the main commercial centre in the North of Tasmania. Defined as a cultural hub, Launceston is rapidly becoming a major tourist destination with vibrant cafes, museums and open parklandto explore.

Launceston's and the surrounding area offer many attractions including;

  • Cataract Gorge - home to a 308 metre chair lift (the longest in the world) which stretches across the gorge.
  • City Park – homes a large enclosure for Japanese Macaque monkeys (the monkeys were a gift from sister city Ikeda in Japan.)
  • Tasmania Zoo – home to a special Tasmanian Devil breeding program.
  • Historical building throughout the town including; the Launceston General Post Office and clock tower.

Launceston is also the ideal base when travelling to; the beautiful vineyards and wineries of the Tamar Valley, National Parks (ideal for rock-climbing and bushwalking) and nearby historic villages of Evandale and Longford.

Launceston offers a range of accommodation including; hotels, motels, apartments, B&B’s, backpackers and resorts.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs