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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Hobart to Launceston
2:45 hours 195km
Devonport to Launceston
1:20 hours 90km
Closest Capital City:
Capital City Distance:
230 km
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Activities: Hiking, fishing, bird watching, surfing, wine tasting, local produce
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About Launceston & Tamar Valley

Launceston and the Tamar Valley offers visitors numerous attractions including Grindelwald (a re-created Swiss village), Holwell Gorge, Notley Fern Gorge and Waterbird Haven, a display of native and exotic birds.

Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city after Hobart. This major city offers visitors wonderful shopping and historical buildings, including excellent examples of early colonial, Federation and Victorian architecture. Launceston certainly has a majestic natural beauty with a ravine cut by the South Esk River into the surrounding hills. The ravine, or ‘Gorge’, was gouged out thousands of years ago.

Whilst visiting the Tamar Valley make sure you take a cruises along the Tamar River. Cruises run daily from Launceston and are an ideal way to experience the stunning scenery and unique wildlife of the Tamar River.

Places to Visit

Beaconsfield , (now known internationally after 2 miners were rescued after 2 weeks trapped a kilometre below the surface) was once the site of Tasmania's largest gold mine, and many impressive ruins still dominate the town. Gold was first discovered in Beaconsfield in 1869 and it wasn't long before more than 50 gold mining companies were working the gold fields. Visit the famous Grubb Shaft, to get an insight of the history of mining in the district. The Grubb Shaft was once part of the old Tasmania Mine.

Blackwood Creek
Blackwood Creek is a delightful, small, farming settlement in the hills that fringe the Great Western Tiers, about 20 kms west of Cressy. Blackwood Creek Holiday Accommodation and tourism information.

Deviot lies half an hour north of Launceston in the middle of the Tamar Valley. Deviot is the ideal destination for the wine lover. Follow the wine route and try the local wines including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Deviot Holiday Accommodation and tourism information.

Exeter is a small rural town located admidst a large rural district noted for its orchards, cattle, sheep and fruit. Exeter Holiday Accommodation and tourism information.

George Town
Located on the eastern side of the river is George Town. George Town is home to some very attractive Georgian buildings, an Old Watch House, and St Mary Magdalen Anglican Church.

Greens Beach
Enjoy local gourmet produce and fresh seafood, explore the walking trails in the Narawntapu National Park or relax with a round of golf at the Greens Beach 9-hole course located just across the road from the beach. Greens Beach Holiday Accommodation and tourism information.

Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and is known for its vibrant cafes, museums and parklands. Walk along elegant streetscapes, enjoy waterfront eateries, or just sit and relax in a park. Launceston Holiday Accommodation and tourism information.

Located an easy half day round trip from Launceston is the Lilydale area. Known for its Country Gardens lilydale offers visitors attractions such as the Walker Rhododendron Reserve (a 40 hectare park of flowering shrubs and exotic plants), The Hollybank Reserve (planted with rows of English Ash trees, once intended as timber for a local tennis racquet factory). Today The Hollybank Reserve is a haven for native and European vegetation.

Low Head
Low Head is famous for its numerous navigational lead lights and aids for ships. Many of the lights date back to the 1880's. Also make sure you visit the Pilot Station and Maritime Museum.

Riverside's proximity to Launceston makes it an ideal short break destination. Or stay for a longer period and make it the base for exploring local attractions and the Tamar Valley. Riverside Holiday Accommodation and tourism information

Getting Here

Launceston is only an hours flight from Melbourne. Once in Launceston the Tamar Valley is easily accessed by car. Direct flights are also available from Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. Launceston is just over an hours drive from Devonport and 2 hours from Hobart.

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