Launceston’s lifestyle is gaining in reputation, evidenced by the growing number of visitors to the city and region each year.
Launceston, the regional hub of Northern Tasmania, enjoys a rich and natural history. Located at the head of the Tamar Valley, the Launceston region is renowned for its award winning wines, gourmet dining experiences, magnificent natural features and friendly residents.
Moving to Launceston
Launceston offers an enviable lifestyle. A short hop from Melbourne or Sydney, the city offers great contrast with the mainland or ‘big island’. There is something here for everyone.
The fantastic lifestyle, Mediterranean climate, great educational opportunities and affordable real estate make Launceston an ideal sea-change destination.
Launceston has a strong sporting tradition, with facilities to match. Hawthorn Football Club has made Launceston it’s second home at Aurora Stadium. If horse racing is your thing then don’t miss the Launceston Cup Carnival in February each year culminating in the running of the Cup on the last Wednesday in February.
If the Arts are to your liking then Launceston has a world class museum and gallery, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) at Inveresk. You can also experience everything from live theatre and music to movies and commercials galleries.
Food & Wine
The region is a wine lover's and foodie's paradise and is the gateway to Tasmania’s premier wine growing region – the Tamar Valley. Here you will find vineyard after vineyard, where a warm sun and gentle rain provide the perfect growing environment for Tasmania’s acclaimed cool climate wines.
The Tamar Valley Wine Route (north to Rowella, east across the Batman Bridge to Pipers River, and south of Launceston to Relbia) encourages you to taste premium local fare at one of 24 cellar doors as well as the "world's best beer" from James Boag.
Launceston is also home to Harvest Launceston Community Farmers Market,which is held every Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm in the Cimitiere St car park in Launceston (opposite the Grand Chancellor Hotel between Cameron and Cimitiere streets). In 2013, Harvest was announced as the national winner in the Outstanding Farmers Market category of the ABC Delicious Produce Awards 2013. The awards recognise outstanding contributions by small and artisan producers and the growing interest in sustainability, with over 3,000 nominations received in the Awards this year
Or experience Festivale,which attracts around 35,000 patrons annually and is held during the second week of February each year, in Launceston's historic City Park.
We have four distinct seasons, with long summer days, a sunny autumn, fresh spring and brisk winter. We breathe the world’s cleanest air and enjoy fresh water and wine and food that is acclaimed around the world.