Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after its state capital Hobart. It’s situated at the juncture of the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar rivers. The city was settled by Europe in 1806, and is nowadays one of the oldest cities in Australia, and home to the largest selection of 19th century buildings. As of latest measurement the city has a population of 110 thousand people.
The city of Launceston can be easily reached with approximately 50 minutes flight from Melbourne, flights from Sydney and Brisban are available also, or by car through the highway system in Northern Tasmania. Once you arrived in the city, it’s best to proceed by rental car or taxi depending on the length of your stay. For budget travelers the Metro bus service or bicycle rentals are additional options.
Launceston sightseeing can be entertaining and yet relaxing, a few major tourist attractions include the Launceston City Park for a laid back atmosphere, pick nicks and enjoyment. The city offers several historic and cultural buildings as well housings such as the Macquarie House, Franklin House, Entally House, Clarendon House and the “Old Umbrella Shop”. A handful of museums are spread over the town which can be visited at anytime, for a relaxing day trip head over to the Tamar Valley for wine tasting and watching, learning how wine is being made.
Travelers to Launceston need a valid passport and visa. Citizens of America, Canada and Europe will automatically after application receive a tourist visa that is valid for 12 months. It permits multiple entries into Australia for a stay of up to 3 months on each visit.
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