Launceston, established in 1806, is the nation’s third oldest city and Tasmania’s second largest. The city is a major gateway to Tasmania. Launceston is just 50 minutes by air from Melbourne. Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas all fly into Launceston Airport which is approximately 15 minutes drive from the centre of the city.

Launceston is situated at the head of the beautiful Tamar Valley and the city’s unique lifestyle is a blend of culture, history, nature, creativity, adventure and entertainment.

Launceston is compact and easy to navigate, with the charm and pace of a regional centre, yet with the facilities of a larger city without the crowding or traffic. Launceston city and its immediate suburbs are served by the City of Launceston.

Launceston's many special attributes include elegant historic streetscapes, century old parks and gardens, river activities, innovative design and galleries and the premium food, wines and ales that have made Tasmania famous.

Launceston’s central location makes it the ideal base to explore the many attractions of Northern Tasmania.