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Launceston  Tasmania

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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!


  • Find out more about north and northeast Tasmania.






     

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