Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest centre. With a population of 106,153 in 2010 (it has nearly doubled in the last twenty years) it has changed from being little more than a large country town to becoming an important centre with a thriving tertiary education population.
It is an ideal starting point for any tour of Tasmania being close to Cradle Mountain, the island’s beautiful north coast, the historic and charming towns of Evandale, Longford and Perth, and containing an extraordinary number of elegant nineteenth century buildings.
It has been suggested that Launceston has the greatest concentration of large nineteenth century buildings of any city in Australia. Certainly it has a distinctive ambience and charm and its major attractions – Cataract Gorge and the beautiful City Park – are unique and memorable