Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. The whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights.
Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston’s star natural attraction.
The seductive Tamar River meanders for around 70 kilometres through the fertile Tamar Valley with vineyards, orchards, pastures and forests, from the boutique-chic regional city of Launceston, and then north to the turquoise sea of Bass Strait.
Fall in love with the Tamar Valley’s easy charm and quaint accommodation. From sweeping views of rolling hills to the crisp white sands of the Bass Strait, the Tamar Valley is a voyage of modern indulgence and discovery of glorious history.
The Tamar River is actually an estuary and both saline and tidal for its entire length with a tide variation of +2, -2.6 metres. The Tamar River was discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1798, and was explored by William Collins and William Paterson in 1804. Apart from George Town, established by Governor Macquarie in 1811, settlement in the Tamar Valley was restricted to scattered farms, logging camps and small hamlets, with small-scale shipyards, until the discovery of gold at Beaconsfield in 1877.