Launceston & North

Tasmania is Australia’s smallest state located off the south coast of mainland Australia. Tasmania is known for its breathtakingly beautiful landscape and its diverse wildlife. The Launceston & North region, spanning from Launceston to Devonport in the north, is home to some of the most stunning natural wonders that you will find in Tasmania. Let’s explore!

Launceston, in Tasmania's North, is at the junction of the North Esk and South Esk rivers where they become the Tamar River and is the gateway to the Tamar Valley and is Tasmania's second largest city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. 

Tamar River Estuary

The Tamar River estuary is used for commercial and recreational shipping and boating. In earlier years, ocean going shipping used the river to obtain access to the Port of Launceston wharves located in the city centre and Invermay. The Port for Launceston is now located at the George Town suburb of Bell Bay, some 40 kilometres downstream on the east bank of the Tamar estuary, close to the river mouth. The South Esk River is the longest river in Tasmania. It starts in the North East Mountains near Roses Tier and flows through the Fingal Valley where it passes through the towns of Fingal and Avoca before flowing into the Northern Midlands where it flows through the towns of Evandale, Perth, Longford and Hadspen before finally reaching Launceston via the Cataract Gorge.

Cradle Mountain National Park

Cradle Mountain National Park is a must-see destination with stunning alpine heaths and rainforests. The park offers visitors an array of activities such as bushwalking, camping, and canoeing. There are also plenty of other outdoor adventures on offer such as horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling. If you are looking for a more leisurely experience, you can take a scenic drive around Dove Lake or simply relax with a picnic by the lake. Whatever your preference may be, there is something for everyone at Cradle Mountain National Park!

Bay of Fires Conservation Area

The Bay of Fires Conservation Area is situated on the spectacular east coast of Tasmania and features some of the most pristine white beaches you will see anywhere in Australia. This area also boasts incredible wildlife sightings including dolphins, whales and sea eagles. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing or surfing at one of the many beaches along this stretch or go beachcombing to search for souvenirs like shells or driftwood along the shoreline. There are also plenty of walking trails which lead through the bushland to beautiful lookouts where you can take in amazing views over both land and sea.

Tamar Valley Wine Region

The Tamar Valley Wine Region just outside Launceston offers some spectacular scenery with rolling hills lined with vineyards overlooking beautiful riverside townships such as Beaconsfield or Bridport. This region has become well known for its award-winning wineries offering some unique cool climate wines made from local grapes like Pinot Noir and Riesling to name just a few varieties available here. You can visit any number of cellar doors in this area to sample their wines accompanied by delicious local food platters featuring fresh produce from nearby farms or enjoy fine dining at one of several restaurants found in this region too!

Launceston & North, Tasmania has so much to offer visitors – stunning landscapes full of wildlife, gorgeous beaches perfect for swimming or fishing plus amazing wineries serving up delicious wines all make this area an unforgettable destination! Whether you want to explore nature on foot or taste some great wines while enjoying stunning views over rolling hillsides - visit Launceston & North today!



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  • Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
    Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
    Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with Cradle Mountain being its crown jewel.
  • Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
    Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
    Bruny Island is a popular day trip from Hobart, the north is flat grazing land and the south is hilly and heavily timbered.
  • Bridport
    Bridport
    Bridport is known for its excellent fishing - scallop, trout and lobster, its wonderful beaches and fantastic holiday atmosphere.
  • Port Arthur
    Port Arthur
    Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula.
  • Campbell Town
    Campbell Town
    Campbell Town is located about half way between Hobart and Launceston & well known for it's heritage buildings.
  • Coles Bay
    Coles Bay
    Coles Bay is a small town gateway to The Hazards, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula with a small population of 110.
  • Freycinet Peninsula
    Freycinet Peninsula
    Freycinet Peninsula is well known for its white sand beaches and the most beautiful clean water in Tasmania.
Campbell Town
Campbell Town

Campbell Town is located about half way between Hobart and Launceston & well known for it's heritage buildings.

Coles Bay
Coles Bay

Coles Bay is a small town gateway to The Hazards, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula with a small population of 110.

Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder

Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with Cradle Mountain being its crown jewel.

Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Peninsula

Freycinet Peninsula is well known for its white sand beaches and the most beautiful clean water in Tasmania.

Tasmania - Overview
About Tasmania

Tasmania is an ideal destination for self-drive holidays, with endless reasons to stop, explore and create an itinerary as you travel.

Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
Bruny Island / Adventure Bay

Bruny Island is a popular day trip from Hobart, the north is flat grazing land and the south is hilly and heavily timbered.

Tasmania Surf Spots
Tasmania Surf Spots

In Tasmania & want to find out the best surfing spots? We have them for you.

Bridport
Bridport

Bridport is known for its excellent fishing - scallop, trout and lobster, its wonderful beaches and fantastic holiday atmosphere.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur

Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula.


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