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Australia's Great Southern Island (Beginnings)

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A May 2002 trip to Launceston by Ozzy-Dave

Regional Map Photo, Launceston, Australia More Photos
Quote: The Great Southern Land has a Great Southern Island. Tasmania is Australia’s island state, as geographically diverse and unspoilt as any settled land on earth. With just 500,000 people sharing a space the size of Ireland, there’s plenty to explore. Our journey starts in the gateway city of Launceston.

Australia's Great Southern Island (Beginnings)

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Overview

Regional Map Photo, Launceston, Australia
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Launceston is the gateway to Tasmania’s north, the state’s second-largest city and Australia’s third-oldest, dating from 1805. Almost 100,000 people call its hilly streets home and it’s a friendly place. There are enough attractions to fill a couple of days and it’s a good base for exploring the surrounding historic villages and rich farmland. Start with these: 1. Hit the Streets; walk Launceston’s historic streets, discovering well-preserved 19th century architecture and elegant parks and gardens. 2. Gorge-ous Escape; an incredible natural gorge framed by vertical cliffs only minutes from the city centre, a haven for wildlife and now a protected reserve with walking t...Read More

Walking Around Launceston

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Attraction | "A Walk Around Launceston"

Walking Around Launceston Photo, Launceston, Australia
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Launceston is promoted as the "People’s City", built on a human scale promising something for all in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with a dedicated sense of history. True, the city centre is small. Its network of one way streets is easier to negotiate on foot than by vehicle, and after a few days I too fell under its spell. Its siting at the junction of two rivers that give way to a spectacular natural gorge; its link with history evidenced by elegant Victorian streetscapes; its convivial culture and atmosphere; its relaxed urban landscape of parks. Launceston offers the visitor reason to linger and its residents an agreeable lifestyle. So let’s linger a while and explore this ...Read More

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Walking Around Launceston
Launceston City District
Launceston, Australia

Tamar Valley

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Attraction | "The Tamar Valley"

Tamar Valley Photo, Launceston, Australia
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Traveller’s Rap North of Launceston, the Tamar Valley hugs the banks of the Tamar River for its 60-kilometre journey to the sea. Downstream, the unusual looking Batman Bridge spans the river, allowing the area to be comfortably explored on a day trip from Launceston. Its scenic and rich farmland provides bountiful rewards for the visitor, from world-class wines to orchards, berry farms and gardens. An unhurried lifestyle coupled with a sunny climate is the area’s hallmark, offering the perfect recipe for success as lifestyle, industry and tourism combine. The Experience… Leaving Launceston’s riverside suburbs behind, we follow the banks of the river as farmland ...Read More

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Tamar Valley
West Tamar Highway A7
Launceston, Australia
(800) 637 989

Cataract Gorge

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Attraction

Cataract Gorge Photo, Launceston, Australia
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Traveller’s Rap Kings Bridge is only five-minutes' walk from the city centre. It’s here you’ll find the city’s biggest and best attraction – a natural gorge of vertical cliffs framing the South Esk River as it rushes toward its meeting with the Tamar. A more amazing natural sight in the centre of any city, anywhere, I haven’t seen. The Experience… Cataract Gorge topped my list of things to do in Launceston. Millions of hikers, swimmers, families, nature nuts and world-weary travellers before me bore testimony to its greatness as a "must see". So what’s so special? My first visit was in the early l...Read More

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Cataract Gorge
South Esk River
Launceston, Australia

Western Tiers / Meander Valley

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Attraction | "Further Afield"

Western Tiers / Meander Valley Photo, Launceston, Australia
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Traveller’s Rap South and west of Launceston are some of Tasmania’s finest historic towns. These Georgian gems showcase the island’s best preserved 19th century architecture. Grand residences bear testimony to heady and successful farming days long gone, now finding a new role as elegant and rustic homes for the region’s artists and craftspeople. When you tire of pottery, paintings, antiques and devonshire teas, venture west to the high country bordering the mountainous wilderness of the Great Western Tiers. Here you’ll find solitude in the unspoilt wonders of forest reserves and conservation parks. Allow plenty of time and bring a ...Read More

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Western Tiers / Meander Valley

Launceston, Australia

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Ozzy-Dave

Ozzy-Dave
Adelaide, Australia

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