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Launceston is a very historic town located in the north of Tasmania, and it shows. Beautiful old world buildings are situated along the South Esk River, and for those who like to walk, there are plenty of gorgeous walking trails to keep you busy. The temperate climate will mean that you will never overheat while walking around this town. Launceston has a population of about 100 000 and is about 198 kms north of Tasmania's capital city Hobart, or roughly a 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive.
Launceston is the third oldest city in Australia, and was first settled in 1806 by Governor King who sent soldiers there to start a settlement before the French could. Launceston is located in an extremely fertile farming region and quickly became a busy agricultural town. When coal, silver and gold were discovered in Northern Tasmania in the 1870's, the town became even more wealthy, and it is in this time frame that many of the splendid buildings of architectural importance were built.
Today, Launceston has many tourist attractions of its own, along with being a stepping stone to the Tamar Valley. Those who are into alpine activities such as rock climbing are just 55 kms from Ben Lomond National Park. Tourists who are keen to spot the native wildlife can do so at Narawntapu National Park.
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Launceston Blues Festival is held each October and runs from Friday through to Sunday. Blues and roots music is performed by both local and mainland bands and musicians. There is also music workshops and jam sessions for those aspiring roots and blues musicians. The Launceston Blues Festival is held in the Batman Fawkner Inn, 35 Cameron St, Launceston.
Body n Soul Festival is held in March for 3 days in the Albert Hall, Launceston..This is an ideal festival for those who are seeking to improve their spiritual, mental and physical well being through natural therapies and alternative health practices. This free event offers meditation, speeches, entertainment, along with psychic readings and relationship advice.
Franklin House Victorian Picnic. This is a great family outing for those who want to experience a Victorian picnic, in the setting of a gorgeous Victorian house. Music, Victorian games, along with tours of Franklin House are all part of the day. Franklin House is a National Trust building and is located at 412 Hobart Rd, Launceston. Picnic hampers are available for purchase on the day, but picnic goers are encouraged and welcome to bring their own lunch. The Victorian picnic is held in November.
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holidays - How to Get There
Flights. Launceston Airport is serviced by Virgin Blue, Jet Star, and Tiger Airlines. There are up to 10 flights daily between Launcestion and Melbourne, starting at 8.35 am and running through till 9.05 pm. There are also 2 flights daily between Sydney and Launceston, and 1 from Brisbane.