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Launceston And The North East
 
launcestonLaunceston is one of the most beautiful cities in Tasmania and this is so for countless reasons. Launceston is also commonly referred to as the 'Garden City" and is situated within the Tamar Valley. It is also quietly nestled on the banks of the Tamar and South Esk Rivers.

The best time to embark on a holiday in Launceston would have to be during the summer months. The weather is fantastic and the local flowers and fresh produce are blooming and thriving. No extreme climate changes make for perfect conditions for authentic wine making and tasting, and an extremely relaxing holiday. During Spring, the city comes ablaze with colour as the seasonal trees that line the streets burst out with colour, creating a stunningly beautiful atmosphere.

The Launceston Historical Walk is a brilliant way to discover Launceston's fascinating history and heritage. The walk will take you just over an hour and will reward you with a wealth of history and architecture with each building and historic site you pass. As Tasmania’s second largest city, it is safe to say that the shopping and dining here is of a high international standard. All of these elements combine to form a city full of charm, beauty and enticement.

For those nature lovers out there, you simply cannot go past Royal Park. This beautiful natural feature of the city stretches along the riverbank, and is positioned opposite is Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. This art gallery is home to many Tasmanian wildlife and convict displays and will broaden your understanding of this great state.

‘The Gorge’ is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a packed picnic lunch.This amazing destination is located only a few minutes from the city centre and is home to Victorian garden displays on one side and a natural pool, kiosk and cliff faces on the other. This oasis is a rarity that not many other cities in the world can boast!

Nature lovers will also appreciate the Notley Fern Gorge, where they will find 10 acres of beautiful rainforest. This hideaway is situated just thirty minutes drive from the city and is home to some of the state's oldest trees.Century old tree ferns will tower above you as you walk the 45 minute track, enticing you and inviting you to explore their ancient history. This is the ideal attraction for those wishing to combine nature, exercise and exploration all into one.

While driving your campervan on land is fun as it is, why not make a change and explore the local rivers on-board one of the cruise boats which leave from Launceston. The Tamar River is a fascinating example of a unique river system and you will be able to enjoy stunning views of the city, all from the comfort of the cruise boat. This experience is the ultimate choice for bird lovers as well, because at dusk the wetlands come to life with over forty bird species flocking to the river. This is the ideal way to experience Tasmania's nocturnal wildlife at its best!

If you want to escape the actual city of Launceston for the day, one of the best destinations you could possibly visit is the Lilydale area, which is just a 25 kilometre drive from the city. This stunning area is known for its breathtaking gardens and its wonderful fresh produce and wines. It is also the ultimate destination for arts and crafts lovers, with quaint shops lining the town's streets, bursting to the seams with local handicraft and art works.

About ten minutes away from the town centre of Lilydale is the Lilydale Falls Reserve. This place is perfect for campervan travellers as it features a unique picnic area and plenty of walking tracks. Powered sites also come in very handy if you fall in love with this place, allowing you to stay a night or two and soak up the country atmosphere to its fullest.

Another great day trip you can make is to the historic town of Beaconsfield. This is about half an hour leisurely drive north from Launceston. and is most commonly known its gold mines and gold mining history. Grubb Shaft is must-see while visiting and is home to a historical museum which is sure to please the whole family. This peaceful town was once recorded as one of the state's largest cities, but it has now settled as a charming getaway form the rat race, offering a pleasant escape from the crowds.

Launceston is a truly amazing and beautiful city, with endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The streets are lined with historic buildings and sites, which depict this city's importance and presence. Delightful cultural experiences in the city centre abound, but there is always the option of venturing further and discovering what else is out there. The beauty and uniqueness of Launceston contribute to the diversity of the state of Tasmania, making it a must-see on your next Tasmanian adventure.

Christine Barton




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