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Launceston - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located at the southern end of the Tamar Valley region, Launceston is Australia’s third oldest city and Tasmania’s second largest city in Tasmania. It also the area’s major centre in the north, and situated where the South and North Esk Rivers meet to become the Tamar River. Nestled in the valleys formed by the river system and surrounded by mountains, it is an ideal base from which to visit the surrounding region.

Founded in 1805, Launceston was originally known as Patersonia after Lieutenant Colonel Paterson, the founder and first commandant. He changed the name to Launceston in honour of Governor King, whose birthplace was the Cornish township of Launceston.

It is a city with a history that includes the Tamar Valley region; a history that dates back to 1798 when Bass and Flinders were sent to explore the possibility that there existed a strait between the great continent and Van Dieman’s Land. They named their landing place Port Dalrymple. 1804 saw the beginning of settlement in the area with Lieutenant Colonel William Paterson and his party set up camp on what is now George Town and was to formally take possession of Port Dalrymple. The settlement was to move within weeks, across the river to York Town and a year later finally settled in Launceston.

Launceston is a city of contrasts, combining modern life with links to its well-preserved history. Today, you can view and enjoy graceful Victorian streetscapes, historic National Trust properties, parks and reserves such as the scenic Cataract Gorge Reserve, that contain tree-like rhododendrons, peacocks, fern glades and spacious lawns. It’s an adventurous city where you can try rock climbing and abseiling or for something quiet, a visit to places like the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Museum, or the Tasmanian Design Centre, just to name a few. There are modern day entertainment such as concerts and live theatre, horse racing, golf, swimming, superb food and fine wines.

Check out our range of listed Launceston accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Launceston Travel & Information Centre
Cnr Cimitiere and St John Streets
Ph: 03 6336 3133
Fax: 03 6336 3118
Open — May to October
Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3 pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 9 am - 12 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

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Launceston Transport

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Launceston Airport
• 201 Evandale Rd, WESTERN JUNCTION TAS 7212 • Ph: 03 6391 6222
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Car Hire
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Launceston Distance

Distance to Launceston
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Launceston:
Bruny Island 243
Deloraine 50
Devonport 89
George Town 50
Hobart 196
Longford 21
Port Arthur 247
St Marys 128
Stanley 212
Strahan 268
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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