Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania and is on the north of Tasmania on the Tamar River. Launceston was first settled in 1805, which makes it Australia's third oldest city, and can be found 200km north of Hobart. Launceston is part of the Tamar Valley, a beautiful part of Tasmania that has stunning scenery and is dotted with quaint villages and wineries.
Aquarius Roman Baths
These baths of varying temperatures are a great way to chill out.The decor is very Roman including the marble columns and statues. You can also indulge in spa treatments and massages here. George Street (03 6331 2255).
Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers
As the title suggests, beer is the main focus here. There are guided tours of the brewery and the beer museum, and of course tastings are a must. 39 William Street, Launceston (03 6332 6300)
Cataract Gorge Reserve
This spectacular gorge was believed to be formed by an earthquake 40 million years ago. Many walking trails cut through the gorge with most leading to First Basin, which is a deep water pool. It is here you will be able to explore the Interpretation Centre, swimming pool and tearooms. An exciting way to view the gorge is on the chairlift that is 300 metres long and ends at Cliff Grounds.
A 13 hecatare Victorian park with fountain, bandstand and outdoor chess set.
Design Centre of Tasmania
A lot of love and skill has gone into the woodwork creations here. There is a collection of wooden furniture with some made out of Tassie's famous Huon Pine. City Park, Corner Tamar and Brisbane Streets, Launceston (03 6331 5505)
View over 80 species including Tassei Devils, wombats, quolls and more. A bus operates to Tasmania Zoo twice a day form Launceston. Launceston Lakes & Wildlife Park (6396 6100).
Grubb Shaft Gold & Heritage Museum
Housed in the original Tasmania Gold Mine Co buildings that was established in 1904. Exhibits include interactive displays, view some of the early machinery and experience the life of a miner. West Street, Beaconsfield (03 6383 1473).
Evandale is close to Launceston airport and has a number of heritage buildings and gardens. View the statues of Harry Murray V.C. Australia's most decorated soldier and John Glover a colonial artist.
Built by convict Britton Jones and notable for it's use of Australian Red Cedar and survives with stables, house and garden. 413 Hobart Road Franklin Village (03 6344 7824)
Just south of Launceston is the historic town of Longford, with it's tree lined streets and heritage buildings. The colonial property of Woolmers Estate is located here.
Old Umbrella Shop
There must be a museum for everything, with umbrellas being no exception. This one is housed in the only Victorian shop front in Launceston. There is a gift shop here as well as some unusual and beautiful umbrellas. 60 George Street, Launceston (03 6331 9248)
Penny Royal World
This fun park on the north end of Cataract Gorge, has displays of machinery from the 1800's, a watermill, candy factory and a paddle steamer that you can cruise up the Tamar river on. (03 6331 6699).
Platypus viewing up close. Inspections Head Wharf, 20 Flinders Street, Beauty Point.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
This museum has a bit of everything to interest everyone. From it's planetarium, to it's fine collection of porcelain and colonial paintings. Wellington Street (03 6331 6777).
An educational interactive with tours explaining about seahorses. Inspection Head Wharf, Beauty Point.
The Tamar Valley hugs the banks of the Tamar River and is home to some of the best wineries in Tasmania, this is mostly due to it's dry, warm autumn temperatures. Pipers Brook, Jansz, Tamar Ridge, Bay of Fires and Clover Hill are just a few of the wineries that offer wine tastings, cellar door sales and meals.
Trevallyn State Recreation Area
This 400 hectare park is bordered by three sides of the Esk River and is close to the city centre. There are several walks here, a lookout, a dam and horseback riding and hang gliding activities.