Travel to Launceston
Australia’s third-oldest city – after Sydney and Hobart – was first settled in 1806. The city’s living heritage is strong, with many beautifully preserved historic buildings. Fine Victorian-era buildings with the ornate decorations of the day dominate city streetscapes, celebrating the booming business success of Tasmania’s pastoral and mining kings from the late 1800s.
Launceston’s streets were the first in the nation to be lit with electricity – the old Duck Reach Power Station has been silent for many years, but South Esk water still generates energy for the city.
In and around Launceston, the past lives in National Trust heritage buildings – Entally House, Clarendon and Franklin House. Where the Tamar meets Bass Strait, the historic Low Head Pilot Station and Maritime Museum tells stories of shipwrecks and sailors.
Launceston celebrates its food, wine and cultural scene in the annual autumn Festivale, a feast of music, art and Tasmanian regional flavors. The city’s showcase of history, art and design is the remarkable Inveresk Cultural Centre, an innovative development of a heritage industrial site.
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