It is a city with a
history that includes the Tamar Valley region; a history that dates back to 1798 when Bass
and Flinders were sent to explore the possibility that there existed a
strait between the great continent and Van Dieman’s Land. They named
their landing place Port Dalrymple. 1804 saw the beginning of settlement
in the area with Lieutenant Colonel William Paterson and his party set
up camp on what is now George Town and was to formally take possession
of Port Dalrymple. The settlement was to move within weeks, across the
river to York Town and a year later finally settled in Launceston.
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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accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more
attractions, tours, local maps and other information.