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Launceston - Cities, Towns and Localities
Launceston is a city of contrasts, combining modern life with links to its well-preserved history. Today, you can view and enjoy graceful Victorian streetscapes, historic National Trust properties, parks and reserves such as the scenic Cataract Gorge Reserve, that contain tree-like rhododendrons, peacocks, fern glades and spacious lawns.

It’s an adventurous city where you can try rock climbing and abseiling or for something quiet, a visit to places like the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Museum, or the Tasmanian Design Centre, just to name a few. There are modern day entertainment such as concerts and live theatre, horse racing, golf, swimming, superb food and fine wines.

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Launceston Attractions

Basin Chairlift
• First Basin, Cataract Gorge Reserve, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250
• Ph: 03 6331 5915 • Fax: 03 6331 0995
• Just 1.6 km from the city centre is this chairlift spanning the natural basin of Cataract Gorge. Take a ride across as it provides views of the waters of South Esk River, Cataract Gorge and the cliff grounds. You can then take the self guided nature trails and roam the extensive grounds. Have a break in the cafe/restaurant or bring your own picnic and then either take the ride back, or take the pleasant stroll back to your starting point.
Cataract Gorge Reserve
• Ph: 03 6323 3610 (enquires)
• Only 1.8 km from the city centre, this popular reserve boasts a natural basin with a swimming pool and the longest single span chairlift in the world.
Notley Fern Gorge
• NOTLEY HILLS TAS 7275 • Ph: 03 63320 2678 (Recreation Area)
• Easy walk takes you through the forest, over mossy bridges and alongside the river fringed by a mossy glade. The deep fern glades, dense rainforest, waterfalls and birdlife makes for a great walk.
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
the museum is located on two sites:
— Royal Park (the original purpose built building), 2 Wellington St, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250
— Inveresk (once the Launceston Railway Workshops), Invermay Rd, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250
• Ph: 03 6323 3777 • Fax: 03 6323 3776 • Email
• The largest museum and art gallery in Australia located outside a capital city. Special features include a Chinese Temple, Planetarium and one of Tasmania’s most intact nineteenth century industrial environments, the Launceston Railway Workshops. The museum enjoys an enviable reputation and national profile for its collections of Australian colonial art, contemporary craft and design, Tasmanian history and natural sciences.
• Wellington St, LAUNCESTON TAS • Ph: 03 6323 3777
• Housed in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the Planetarium is only one of four in Australia. The Launceston Planetarium presents shows on many aspects of astronomy. You will see the southern night sky projected onto a domed ceiling with additional special visual effects and commentary. The planetarium projector displays the stars visible to the unaided eye from the southern hemisphere, and simulates the apparent motion of the stars as the Earth rotates. The effect is so realistic, it is like being out under the stars!
Tamar Island Wetlands
• West Tamar Hwy, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250 • Ph: 03 6327 3964
• Interpretation Centre and boardwalk. Haven for water birds.
Tasmanian Copper & Metal Art Gallery
• Old Bass Hwy, CARRICK TAS 7291 • Ph: 03 6393 6440 • Fax: 03 6393 6064 • Email
• The imaginative use of metal as you have never seen before, adorning the walls of many Australian hotels and commercial and private buildings. The work was selected for exhibition in the Bicentennial Art Exhibition at St Paul’s College in Brisbane.

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Craclair Tours
• Ph: 03 6339 4488 • Email
• Eco wilderness walking holidays. Overland track, Walls of Jerusalem, Heart world Heritage, 3 day Cradle, Frenchman’s Cap, Pine Valley, 4 day around Cradle.

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