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Launceston may not be one of Australia’s state capitals, but it sure is culturally and commercially developed enough to be measured against Hobart or Devonport. It also happens to be the third-largest city in the country. The city is best known for its fusion of Australian and European aesthetics, as evident in its food and urban design. You can book your Launceston car hire in advance with Enjoy Travel.
Guide to Launceston
Launceston is situated on the banks of northern Tasmania’s Tamar River, an estuary formed by the North and South Esk rivers. The land around the city proper is a coastal plain.
Climate in Launceston
The city experiences a maritime climate. Summers are mild, with temperatures peaking at 24°C, and winters (June to August) are very pleasant. Rainfall is heaviest in the month of August, though there are showers throughout the year.
Like many places in Australia, Launceston was named after a city in the UK – Launceston, Cornwall. It was once a small agricultural district, but today, it is one of the busiest urban centres in Tasmania.
Things to do in Launceston
Explore the Cataract Gorge Reserve
Situated close to the city centre is the Cataract Gorge Reserve, a chasm carved long ago by the South Esk River. The gorge offers a beautiful hiking trail, but there’s also a chairlift for tourists for those who prefer to enjoy the scenery from up high.
Discover colonial art and natural history
In addition to several pieces of art from the colonial era, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has several exhibits detailing Tasmania’s human and natural history, including a full-size Chinese temple from the 19th century. Be sure to visit both of the museum’s buildings.
Go birdwatching at Tamar Island Wetlands
Before being converted into farmland, the Tamar Island Wetlands covered much of Launceston’s neighbourhood. Fortunately, ever since farming efforts stopped in the 50s, the wetlands have been expanding. Visit early in the morning to watch black swans, ducks and great egrets swim and hunt in the cool water.
Eating out in Launceston
Brisbane Street Bistro epitomizes fine dining with its dainty furniture, chandeliers and soft lights. Savour French dishes here. We hear the roasted duck breast is exquisite. For something equally intimate, but more oriental in heritage, try Me Wah, whose Chinese delicacies are presented with colourful names (Buddha chicken, for instance). Everything is gluten-free at Samuel Pepys Cafe, but you can still indulge in treats like Turkish delights or hash browns. The samosas and chicken butter masala at Spice Lounge Indian Punjabi Cuisine will spirit you away to the distant shores of the Arabian Sea.
The nearest airport is the Launceston Airport (LST), 15 miles from the city centre. It services four airlines: Jetstar, Sharp Airlines, Virgin Australia and QantasLink.
Getting around Launceston
To get to popular tourist sites, use the free Tiger bus service. You can also hire a car to get around with ease.
Driving in Launceston
Most people who want to travel around Launceston and the surrounding areas prefer to hire cars for greater flexibility and comfort. The well-known car hire agencies in town include Hertz, Budget, and Bargain. If you're travelling with a large family or group of friends, we recommend a 7 seater or 9 seater vehicle.