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For more information on Greater Launceston, please visit www.visitlauncestontamar.com.au.
An elegantly laid-back city in the north of Tasmania, Launceston is the perfect place to start your Tasmanian holiday. Less than an hour from the beach, bush or mountains, it’s the perfect base camp to explore the wonders of Northern Tasmania.With the best collection of 19th century architecture in Australia, Launceston is a city of contrasts where modern marinas and sleek restaurants meet graceful Georgian and Victorian streetscapes. One of the most serene and interesting ways to experience Launceston is to walk it.
The city centre is compact and easy to navigate. A 15 minute walk from Launceston’s CBD will find you exploring the famous Cataract Gorge Reserve – a stunning piece of natural wilderness right in the heart of the city. Shopping in Launceston is a must, with the city boasting boutiques, gourmet delis, gift shops and homeware stores.
If you have an apetite for sport, catch an AFL game at Aurora Stadium, the Hawthorn Football Club’s second home. Or enjoy a few laps and some great views of the city at the Launceston Aquatic Centre.
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Royal Park showcases one of Australia’s best collections of
fine and decorative arts, and embraces the beauty of the iconic building it resides in.
Flying over Launceston, Tamar and the north, it’s plain to see how important agriculture is to the local economy, with a patchwork of paddocks and vineyards, and luscious river valleys extending into the distance.
The state’s most lauded wine route lies within the picturesque Tamar Valley. Boasting 3 distinct regions and 32 wineries, your palate won’t be disappointed by the choice available here. Alternatively, you can take a river cruise down the beautiful Tamar River, which winds 58 kilometres through the fecund valley.
The Great Western Tiers, situated south west of Launceston, is unique in its topography, history and spirituality. Kooparoona Niara is the Aboriginal name for this area and it’s a place where visitors can feel at one with the natural beauty and serenity that it exudes.
Enjoy your visit to Greater Launceston.
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St John St
St John St
Home Point Parade
Laura St Glen Dhu St
St George’s Square
Zig Zag Track
River Edge Trail
Duck ReachPower Station
To Airport, Casino, Technopark, Silverdome, Hobart (South),
Devonport, Burnie, East Coast & West Coast
To Grindelwald,Exeter, Beaconsfield
& Beauty Point(West Tamar)
To Trevallyn StateRecreation Area
To Mowbray, University of Tasmania,Australian Maritime College,George Town (East Tamar),
Bridport & North East
To Relbia,Scottsdale &
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The City of Launceston
Launceston Travel & Information Centre Freecall 1800 651 827
Car route to Cataract Gorge Reserve
Multi-purpose walking/bike trails
The best way to explore the heritage of Launceston is by foot, taking you past many architectural wonders that date back to early colonial times.Take a stroll down to Albert Hall, one of Launceston’s most significant heritage sites, to marvel at its ornate architecture. Located at 45 Tamar Street, Albert Hall was built by J.T Farmils in 1891 and, today, hosts a number of exhibitions and conferences for which it was originally built.
Take a wonderful journey of discovery through one of Launceston’s three Heritage Walks. All walks start at the Civic Square near the Launceston Town Hall and are fully wheelchair accessible. Follow the orange trail for the Merchants Machinery walk, which used to be the industrial epicentre of Tasmania (70 mins return); follow the pink trail for the Rags to Riches trail showcasing commerce buildings and churches (90 mins return); and follow the blue trail for the Government to Gorge walk to further explore the architectural wonders of Launceston (30 mins return).
HERITAGE HIGHWAY The Heritage Highway Region is the historical heart of Tasmania. Explore the antique shops and the acclaimed National Rose Garden at Longford. Visit some of Tasmania’s finest rural estates such as Woolmers and Brickendon, also at Longford, which are World Heritage listed, and Clarendon House at Evandale. You can enjoy exceptional trout fishing on the Macquarie River at Cressy, Longford and Campbell Town, and savour award-winning gourmet sauces at Evandale and leatherwood honey at Perth. Solve a local crime at Longford, Ross or Oatlands, or look out around Oatlands and Kempton for Tasmanian tigers, emus and horse-drawn carriages.
For more information on the Heritage Highway region, please visit www.heritagehighway.com.au.
Cataract Gorge ReserveLaunceston’s undisputed natural masterpiece is the breathtaking Cataract Gorge Reserve, just a 15 minute walk from the CBD. A startling contrast to the busy city environment, the Gorge’s rugged dolerite cliffs and native vegetation suggest a location somewhere much wilder.
• Try the Kings Bridge walk, the Cataract Trail to the Basin or, if you’re feeling a little more energetic, take the Zig Zag Track.
• Enjoy local produce at the Gorge Restaurant or the Basin Café right in the heart of the Gorge.
• For spectacular views, take the iconic chairlift trip across the Gorge or the river at the swinging suspension bridge.
• In summer, take a dip in the free outdoor pool.
• For the truly adventurous, the cliffs in the Cataract Gorge Reserve are perfect for rock climbing and abseiling.
• See the Gorge from a different perspective – the river! Take a Tamar River Cruise.
• Cruise from the Seaport into the mouth of the Gorge.
For more information on the Gorge, visit www.visitlauncestontamar.com.au.
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The Tamar River meanders for fifty-eight kilometres through the fertile Tamar Valley, from the boutique-chic city of Launceston to the turquoise sea and diamond sands of Bass Strait. To truly appreciate the magnificent landscape that shapes the Tamar, be sure to take a river cruise during your visit. Launceston Tamar River Cruises offers cruises varying in length from 50 minutes to four hours. For more information, please call 6334 9900 or visit www.tamarrivercruises.com.au. Booking is required.
Essential stops in the region are dotted both east and west of the Tamar. On the east Tamar, don’t miss the
Pilot Station at Low Head - a historically classified town and popular holiday spot for locals. The Pilot Station was built by convicts in 1805 and includes ten rooms of memorabilia. The rich maritime heritage of the Tamar Valley is also evident in the present lighthouse, built in 1888, which provides magnificent views of the Tamar River. Low Head is located just over 50 kilometres north east of Launceston. Simply follow the East Tamar Highway and follow the signs to Low Head.
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The Tamar Valley has an abundance of appeal for every traveller. The valley both East and West is Australia’s third oldest settlement and runs from Launceston right down to Bass Strait. It’s also Australia’s longest navigable estuary at 70 kilometres from Gorge to Sea.Renowned as one of the top 10 wine routes in the world, Tamar Valley boasts plenty to see and do.
• Popular walks - the Kanamaluka Trail, Notley Gorge, Mt Direction, West Head, Mount George Lookout, Tamar Island Wetlands and Brady’s Lookout.
• The Tamar Valley’s cafe culture boasts fresh local produce, quality menus and great service.
• Wildlife – The penguin tours at Low Head are a great family activity as are Seahorse World and Platypus.
• For Maritime history, Georgetown is home to the Bass and Flinders Centre, The Old Watch House and the Low Head Pilot Station Museum and lighthouse.
• For a more cultural experience, try Lighthouse Regional Arts or the Tamar Valley Art Trail.
• Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, the site of the tragic and heroic events of 2006, now boasts over
10,000 artefacts and provides access to the mine site, mine access shaft and headframe.
• Those wishing to swing a club have half a dozen 9 and 18 hole courses to choose from, including the world famous Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm course.
• Lavender features in multiple locations – Lavender House The Perfumery and Bridestowe Lavender Farm provide organic lavender products.
• For something a little different, visit the Low Head foghorn sounding every Sunday at noon or visit the Grindelwald Swiss Village and resort.
TAMAR VALLEY WILDERNESSThe Tamar Valley offers an abundance of wildlife, parks, wetlands, trails and history.
• Tamar Island Wetlands – 60 hectares of lagoons, bird and fish species, reptiles, frogs and plants all within 15 minutes of the city.
• The Kanamaluka Trail –centred in Georgetown and can be either walked or cycled along a f lat, family friendly course, hugging the river all the way to Low Head.
• Brady’s Lookout and Notley Gorge – Rising 150 metres above the river and past home to bushranger Mathew Brady, this is the perfect selfie location.
• Rising 240 metres and 368 metres respectively, Mt George and Mt Direction are two quite different natural walks. One you can drive to the top of, the other is a 45 minute walk and both provide outstanding views of the coast and Tamar River.
• Narawntapu National Park located just past Greens Beach has easy access beaches, coastal cliffs, huge sand dunes and runs around the coast all the way to Port Sorell.
• Native Point – right on the waterfront it’s a secluded location for a BBQ, sample the Native Point Wines, go fishing or just enjoy this part of the Tamar River conservation area.
• Running from Gravelly Beach right around to Supply River, this area comprises beaches, walking and cycling trails, and colonial history.
• Batman Bridge rises over 90 metres above the river and comprises a picnic and day-use area on the eastern shore of the river.
• Holwell Gorge has two sections of typical Tasmanian rainforest walking and has two sets of falls.
For more information on things to do in the Tamar Valley region, please visit www.wtc.tas.gov.au.
LThe Tamar Valley Wine Route is an acclaimed wine route extending 170 kilometres around the Tamar Valley and boasting 32 vineyards in total. There are three distinct areas to explore:
THE RIVER From Launceston CBD, follow the blue and yellow signposts dedicated to the wine route to explore both the east and west sides of the Tamar River.
RELBIA South of Launceston, the Relbia region boasts panoramic views of lush hinterland. Follow the blue and yellow signposts south along the main highway and loop around the Relbia region.
PIPERS RIVER Pipers River is located north east of the Tamar Valley and can be accessed via both the West and East Tamar Highways following the blue and yellow signposts.
For more information on the wine route, please visit www.tamarvalleywineroute.com.au.
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Tasmania prides itself on its fertile pastures and rural industries. With its cool climate, good rainfall and environmentally savvy population, many regional development innovators see the state becoming the food bowl of the nation. Greater Launceston’s fertile soil has proven to offer the perfect conditions for successful agricultural endeavours. A a result, the region’s beef, fish, seafood, cheese, honey and wines regularly take out national and international awards.
Prestige Leisure Tours offers a Wine and Gourmet Food Indulgence tour, which includes wine tasting at Josef Chromy Wines as well as cheese, salmon and berry tastings in the region. For more information and bookings, please call Michael on 0429 030 588.
Launceston and its surrounding region offer a myriad of dining choices with some of the best chefs at the helm. It doesn’t hurt that they have some of the freshest local produce at their fingertips.
For a comprehensive dining guide to Launceston, please visit www.visitlauncestontamar.com.au/pages/dining.
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The Great Western TiersThe Great Western Tiers, nestled between Launceston, Devonport and Cradle Mountain, is a stunning area. Unearth the region’s rich Indigenous history, arts and crafts, home grown gourmet foods and diverse natural wilderness.Many travellers and locals find the rugged Great Western Tiers to be a magical and spiritual place. The Aboriginal people have always known the Tiers as Kooparoona Niara, meaning Mountains of the Spirits, an area which was the meeting place of three Aboriginal nations more than 10,000 years ago.
In the shadow of the Great Western Tiers, from the fringes of Launceston to the pristine wilderness of Mole Creek, travellers can embark on an enthralling journey of discovery spanning centuries of history and enchanting experiences.
To experience the ethereal nature of the Great Western Tiers travel to the Alum Cliffs via Deloraine, situated 50 kilometres from Launceston along the Bass Highway. The Alum Cliffs, known as Tulunpunga to local Aboriginal people, is a sacred place of celebration. Take the 50 minute return walk which hovers over the Mersey River. Note that there are a few uphill sections and vertical cliffs so children will require supervision.
Guided Forest Walks offers daily guided walks departing from Forest Walks Lodge near Deloraine. On a guided walk you have the luxury of a professional tour guide lending his/her expertise on the local vegetation and wildlife. For bookings, please call 6369 5150.
For more information on the region, please call into the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre located at 98-100 Emu Bay Road in Deloraine. Alternatively, please visit www.greatwesterntiers.net.au.
Attractions inGreater Launceston1. Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston
2. Tamar River
3. Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Park Royal, Launceston
4. National Rose Garden, Longford
5. Tamar Valley Wine Route, Tamar Valley
6. Low Head Pilot Station & Maritime Museum, Low Head
7. Seahorse World, Beauty Point
8. Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, Beaconsfield
9. Notley Fern Gorge State Reserve, a 30 minute drive north-west of Launceston
10. Narawntapu National Park
11. Barnbougle Dunes, Bridport, one of the world’s foremost golf courses
12. The Great Western Tiers
For more information on attractions in Greater Launceston, please be sure to visit www.destinationlaunceston.com.au.
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PART OF TASMANIAN WILDERNESS
WORLD HERITAGE AREA
GREAT WESTERN TIERSCONSERVATION AREA
GREAT LAKECONSERVATION AREA
BEN LOMONDNATIONAL PARK
Croppies Pt Boob
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Discover all you need to know about Launceston and the Tamar Valley at the Launceston Travel & Information Centre, 68-72 Cameron St, Launceston (Town Clock), scan the QR code to download the app, or visit www.destinationlaunceston.com.au
Listed here are just a few of the amazing walks you can explore throughout this beautiful region. For more information on walks, please make sure you visit www.greatwalkstasmania.com.
LAUNCESTON AREADuck Reach (1.5hrs return) Follow the South Esk River from Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge to the historic Duck Reach power station. This walk will generally suit groups with children.
Hoo Hoo Hut - Trevallyn Dam (1.5hrs return)
Zig Zag Track - Cataract Gorge Reserve (1hr)
NORTH EASTScottsdale - Mt Stronach (2.5hrs return) A moderate walk to a rocky escarpment that showcases the tapestry of rural life in the north east. On a clear day views can be seen to the coast.
Pyengana - St Columbia Falls (30mins return)
Bridport - Foreshore Walk (1hr return) A delightful, easy walk along the water’s edge of Bridport showcasing wildflowers and native bushland set against the turquoise waters of Anderson Bay.
Lilydale - Lilydale Falls (20mins)
Hollybank (30mins return)
TAMARWest Tamar - Tamar Island Wetlands (1.5hrs return) Just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Launceston, you can take the boardwalk through wetlands and across a river channel to Tamar Island.
Exeter - Supply River (30mins return) A tranquil stroll that takes you on a riverside walk to the ruins of Tasmania’s first waterdriven flour mill.
Notley Fern Gorge (45mins)
George Town to Low Head Recreation Trail (2hrs return)
Mt George Lookout (1hr return)
GREAT WESTERN TIERSDeloraine - Pine Lake (30mins return)
Get close to one of Tasmania’s rarest trees without having to go on an extended bushwalk. The Pencil Pine is an ancient species that evolved before f lowering plants and is only found in the Tassie highlands.
Liffey Falls (45mins return)
Mole Creek - Alum Cliffs (45mins return) A forest lookout perched high above the Mersey River providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the river below.
Deloraine Sculpture Trail River Walk (30mins)
NATIONAL PARKSNarwantupu Stretching from the low coastal ranges to the long Bass Strait beaches, this national park includes a historic farm, inlets, islands, headlands, wetlands, dunes and lagoons, all with an amazing variety of plants and animals.
Mt William National Park - Archers Knob (2hrs return)
Ben Lomond National Park - Mt William (1.5hrs return)
Carr Villa to Alpine Village (3hrs return)
Mole Creek Karst - Alpine Village to Little Hell (1.5hrs return)
MarketsSATURDAYSDeloraine Market Time: 9am to 1pm - 1st Saturday of every month (except January and November) Venue: Showgrounds Deloraine
Harvest Launceston Time: 8.30am to 12.30pm - weekly Venue: Cimitiere Street, Launceston
SUNDAYSDerby Make and Bake and Grow Market Time: 10am to 2pm - 3rd Sunday of every month Venue: Derby Town Hall
Evandale Market Time: 8am to 1.30pm - weekly Venue: Falls Park, Logan Road, Evandale
Launceston Esk Market Time: 9am to 2pm - weekly Venue: Launceston Show Grounds
Lilydale Village Market Time: 10am to 2pm - 2nd Sunday of every month Venue: Main Road, Lilydale L
POLICE STATIONS Launceston Police Station Cimitiere St, Launceston 131 444
Evandale Town Police Station Scone St, Evandale 131 444
Beaconsfield Police Station 37 Grubb St, Beaconsfield 131 444
George Town Police Station 80 Macquarie St, George Town 131 444
HOSPITALS Launceston General Hospital 274-280 Charles St 6348 7111
George Town District Hospital and Community Health Centre, 47 Anne St 6702 6020
Rose Cottage Medical Centre 5 Innes St, Launceston 6334 3622
Beaconsfield Medical Service 146 Weld St, Beaconsfield 6383 1511
DENTISTS Braeside Dental Surgery 52 York St, Launceston 6334 0788
PHARMACIES Chemist Warehouse 112 Charles St, Launceston 6334 4388
George Town Pharmacy 91 Macquarie St, George Town 6382 1424
SHOPPING CENTRES Centro Meadow Mews 102-106 Hobart Rd, King Meadows
Launceston Plaza 13-15 Racecourse Cres, Launceston
BANKS & ATMs ANZ 69 Brisbane St, Launceston 76 Macquarie St, George Town
BENDIGO BANK 38 St John Street, Launceston
CBA 97 Brisbane St, Launceston 88 Macquarie St, George Town
NAB 130 Brisbane St, Launceston
Westpac 75 Brisbane St, Launceston
JANUARY Music in the Park, City Park, Launceston Every Sunday, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
FEBRUARY Festivale, City Park, Launceston
Village Fair & National Penny Farthing Championships, Evandale
MAY Agfest Agricultural Show, Evandale
JULY Festival of Voices, Launceston
SEPTEMBER Junction Arts Festival Civic Square, Launceston
OCTOBER Run for a Wish Aurora Stadium, Inveresk
Royal Launceston Show, Launceston
NOVEMBER BOFA Film Festival Launceston
For additional information on events, please visit www.visitlauncestontamar.com.au.
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