Local Attractions

Local attractions

Launceston, Australia’s third oldest city, is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions to be found in Northern and Australia’s pioneers and early settlers have contributed to some of the finest examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture in the country. The city is located at the head of the beautiful Tamar River Valley, famous for its vineyards and world renowned cool climate wines. York Mansions is the perfect base from which to explore Launceston and its surrounds.

Things to see and do…

  • The City Centre with its magnificent Victorian and Georgian street scapes.
  • Join a cruise of the beautiful Tamar River with Tamar River Cruises and Cataract George Cruises.
  • City Park, Albert Hall, the John Hart Plant Conservatory, and perhaps the park’s most famous occupants, the Monkey Colony.
  • The Queen Victoria Museum, Art Gallery and Planetarium.
  • The National Automobile Museum.
  • The Design Centre of Tasmania, displaying fine Tasmanian arts and crafts.
  • Launceston’s restaurants and cafes, serving some of Tasmania’s finest produce and local wines.
  • The excellent boutique shops in this vibrant city.

Take a short drive to…

  • Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge, Alexandra Suspension Bridge, and the Duck Reach Power Station, Australia’s first hydro-electric installation.
  • Historic Franklin House.
  • Trevallyn State Recreation Reserve where you can try the exhilaration of cable hang gliding.

For those wishing to venture further afield;

  • The historic village of Evandale.
  • Clarendon House at Nile.
  • Entally House at Hadspen.
  • Woolmer’s Estate at Longford.
  • Tamar Island Wetlands Walk.
  • The gold-mining centre of Beaconsfield and the Grubb Shaft Museum.
  • George Town, Low Head and the Pilot Station.
  • The Batman Bridge.
  • The many vineyards of the Tamar Valley, including Pipers Brook, and the Strathlynn Wine Centre. Pick up a copy of the Wine Trail from Reception or the Tasmanian Visiitor and Information Network Office in Paterson Street.
  • Hollybank Forest Reserve and Tree Tops Adventure.
  • Beautiful Liffey Falls.
  • The assault on the senses that is the Bridstowe Lavender Farm.
  • The beautifully preserved Midlands historic village of Ross.
  • The scenic grandeur of Ben Lomond National Park.
  • The incomparable wilderness of the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – allow a full day to visit Cradle Mountain.

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