Positioned in Tasmania’s northeast at the head of the Tamar River, Launceston is the second-largest city in the state.
Launceston sits on the lands of the Indigenous Palawa people. The city’s modern history is reflected in its architecture and restored stately buildings, including the neo-classical Town Hall and Customs House.
Known for its ties with Tasmania’s agricultural heritage, the city’s many restaurants and cafés take advantage of the fertile lands surrounding the city, creating a range of locally-sourced menus. The weekly Harvest Market in the city centre provides locals and visitors access to the best produce Tasmania has to offer.
The region’s food, award-winning brews and entertainment is on show at summer’s three-day Festivale in Launceston’s famous City Park. The events calendar in Launceston also features the Junction Arts Festival, Mona Foma festival and the biennial Tamar Valley Writers Festival.
At the edge of the city is Cataract Gorge Reserve, home to the world’s longest singlespan chairlift (308 metres) and an extensive Victorian garden with a diverse range of plants and wildlife. Expanses of natural bushland offer extensive bushwalking tracks.
Launceston’s York Park has hosted A-League matches in addition to a number of pre-season exhibition matches. There is great potential for growth of the women’s game in this region, with football already the most popular participation sport for females.
Launceston fans embrace all forms of sport. The city has hosted the Rugby World Cup 2003, the national Twenty20 cricket, and the Supercars championships.