Long dedicated to preservation, Launceston is a gracious city of Victorian streetscapes and Edwardian and Georgian buildings set on the Tamar River.
The link between past and present is also preserved in Victorian Park at Cataract Gorge. Here, bands still play from the rotunda and strolling peacocks still mew, just as they did when wealthy merchants and their families strolled in the same park on Sunday afternoons more than a century ago.
And why not wet your whistle at the Launceston's Batman Fawkner Inn amid the ghosts of the founders of Melbourne who met in the very same hotel to plan the founding of a town on the other side of Bass Strait.
The Tamar Valley is renowned for its cool climate wineries, so plan a day in the local vineyards on the Tasmanian wine trail. The prominent valley vineyards include Strathlynn St Matthias, Marion's, Holm Oak and Iron Pot. Strathlynn's dining room, which looks out over the river, specialises in locally grown food, while Marion's Vineyard at Deviot tends toward Mediterranean platters.
If beer's more your thing, don't miss a tour of Boag's Brewery, famous for its fine beer.
Things to do:
Cataract Gorge and the riverside walk
Tasmanian Wine Trail
Boag's Brewery tour
Museum and Art Gallery - the largest of its kind outside a capital city
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
Design Centre Tasmania - for Tasmanian design and craft
Tamar River cruises
Penny Royal World - historical buildings and an old-fashioned lolly factory!
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