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About Launceston

Launceston, at the junction of the North and South Esk rivers, is Tasmania’s second largest city and a major gateway to Tasmania. From here, the broad and picturesque Tamar River valley opens north to Bass Strait 58 km away.

Elegant historic streetscapes and century old parks and gardens sit beside revitalised areas such as Launceston Seaport with its restaurants and cafes and Inveresk where you can visit one of Australia’s best regional galleries, the Queen Victoria Museum. Then there is the iconic Cataract Gorge located within walking distance of our busy CBD, a place of mystical beauty with its steep, rugged cliffs and the wonderful First Basin area.

With a population of around 70,000, the city has a strong sense of identity. It is the service centre for a much larger population spread across Northern Tasmania. Launceston is a central base for a range of tourism activities and the centre of our cool climate vineyards of the Tamar Valley. Launceston airport is one of the busiest regional airports in the country.

The city was established in 1806 and was the Island’s northern military base and a trading centre for wheat and wool farmers. Over time, as their wealth grew, the city developed its grand vision. Today, Launceston is still regarded as the commercial heart of Tasmania with a vibrant economic base, it offers a relaxed lifestyle with more affordable housing prices, substantial health and hospital facilities, easy access to the mainland and the rest of the state and we are fortunate to have quality schools, restaurants and cultural facilities that make it a great place to live. Beautiful beaches are less than an hour away and in contrast Tasmania’s premier ski fields are also less than an hour away too! Launceston’s weather is temperate, with an average maximum of 23 degrees in January and 11.5 degrees in June. It is located 198 km or about 2.5 hours’ drive north of Hobart.

Useful links

Launceston City Council –

Meander Valley Council –

West Tamar Council –

The Examiner Newspaper –