Launceston is a picturesque riverside city, located at the head of the Tamar Valley and boasts magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge Reserve and beautiful parks and gardens. Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. The region is full of city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights. One of Australia's oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks.
There's also plenty of culture on offer at art galleries, museums and design studios. Historic villages are found around every corner, from Longford on the outskirts of Launceston to Evandale, Ross and Campbell Town along the Heritage Highway south.