Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and the gateway to the Tamar Valley.
Surrounded by mountains and rolling hills, the Tamar River valley opens north to Bass Strait just 36 miles (58 km) away. Historic streetscapes and century old parks and gardens sit beside revitalized areas such as the Launceston Seaport with its restaurants and cafes. A boardwalk links the Seaport to Inveresk where you can visit one of Australia’s best regional galleries, the Queen Victoria Museum. Launceston is the perfect base for exploring the cool-climate vineyards of the Tamar Valley and national parks such as Narawntapu (known for wildlife spotting) and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair.
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Launceston Airport is located 16 kms south of Launceston’s CBD.
A taxi, Uber or the local bus service will get you around Launceston although many bus routes don't operate in the evening or on Sundays which can make getting around tricky sometimes. A free Tiger Bus service operates around the central city area every 30 minutes or so.
Any time is a good time to visit Launceston. Summer is peak tourist season with pleasantly warm weather and festivals to enjoy. March to May is also popular with plenty of sunshine and crisp evenings, while the winter months from June to August are ideal for snuggling up in front of the fire. Spring weather can be changeable but the lush green landscape filled with blooming trees and flowers makes this a lovely time to visit.
Pretty much everything. Launceston is surrounded by hills and mountains which means the weather can be changeable, especially in the cooler months. Bring clothes you can layer plus a jumper or jacket, wet weather gear, sunscreen, a hat and a beanie. And don't be surprised if you end up wearing all these things on the same day.
Launceston is a fairly casual place although locals do tend to dress up if they are 'hitting the town' at night. Smart casual is the norm at restaurants in Launceston, aside from the signature 'date night' ones like Stillwater Restaurant where people tend to dress up more.
Launceston is one of Tasmania's major cities so there is good WiFi coverage in town and most of the surrounding area.
Launceston is one of Tasmania's major cities so there is good mobile phone coverage in town and most of the surrounding area.
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