Launceston is a delightful city situated on the banks of the Tamar Valley in the state’s north. A wide array of dining options can be found at the Seaport precinct and the city. The city boasts wonderful examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture, and has many wonderful parks; including Princes Park and City Park, with the Japanese Macaque Monkey enclosure.
Launceston centres on the stunning Cataract Gorge Reserve. Beautifully set in native bush lands, it has the longest single-span chairlift in the world, and peacocks and wildlife can be sighted around the reserve.
The climate and the gently sloping hills of the surrounding area have proved to be ideal for grape growing, and as a result, Launceston is the gateway to the celebrated wineries of Tasmania’s north. Selected tours will take you to sample the delicious white, red and sparkling wines.
On the outskirts of Launceston is along the Tamar Valley, are the towns of Beaconsfield, known for the Beaconsfield Mining and Heritage Centre, and Beauty Point, with Seahorse World and Platypus House. On the eastern side of the Tamar River are the historic towns of Georgetown and Low Head. Low Head is home to the Pilot Station and the Low Head Penguin Tour. North east of Launceston is the notable Lilydale Falls and Bridestowe Lavender Farm, the largest lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere. This area is also home to the world-acclaimed Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm Golf Course at Bridport, a must for the golf enthusiast.