Australia’s third oldest city and Tasmania’s second major city‚ Launceston is the centre of the State’s north‚ nestled among mountains and hills at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley. An ideal touring base‚ it is a pretty city of parks and gardens‚ built on a scale that is perfect for walking or cycling around.
Reminders of the past are evident in the many historic buildings in and around Launceston. In particular‚ Franklin House (1838)‚ located at Franklin Village and the Old Umbrella Shop (1860's) in Launceston are well worth visiting. The latter is built entirely of Tasmanian blackwood‚ and is the last genuine period shop in Tasmania.
Just five minutes from the city centre is Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge‚ a naturally beautiful gorge on the South Esk River with gardens and recreation areas on each side of the river.