Launceston is a city filled with character and eye-catching colonial and industrial architecture. Home to collector’s shops, restaurants and cool cafés, things are made by hand and displayed in boutique stores, galleries and design hubs. Descend into Cataract Gorge just minutes from the city. Pass wallabies grazing on the lawns and traverse the gorge on the world’s longest single span chairlift then head to the Design Centre of Tasmania to browse artist’s works.
There’s more beyond the city fringe. Rolling farmland bears fresh produce and morphs into wilder places where having close-up encounters of grazing wombats and heading out on downhill adventures on thrilling bike trails are considered just the everyday for Launnie locals. Walk rows of lavender at Bridestowe Estate; drive a 170 kilometres wine trail in the Tamar Valley Wine Route, home to arguably the best sparkling in Australia; and pick up local produce direct from the grower at the Launceston Community Harvest Market.
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