Backpacking Launceston

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    CHECK OUT LAUNCESTON'S MOST FAMOUS NATURAL ATTRACTION - CATARACT GORGE: Photo - Owen Hughes, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    HAVE AN ADRENALINE RUSH BY GOING CABLE HANG-GLIDING: Photo - Chris McLennan, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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    HEAD TO THE NEARBY TAMAR VALLEY WHERE YOU WILL FIND MANY GREAT WINERIES AND CELLAR DOORS: Photo - Sean Fennessy, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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Launceston Highlights

  • Check out Cataract Gorge, only a 20 minute walk from the city centre. Here vertical cliffs line the South Esk River and the area has been made a wildlife reserve.

  • Good base to explore the vineyards of the nearby Tamar Valley and some of the charming historic towns, which are just a short drive away.

  • Take a tour of northern Tasmania's favourite beer at the Boag's Brewery and sample some of their fine beers.

  • Glide across the treetops in a forest canopy flying fox tour or by cable hang-gliding, along the way gaining a bird's-eye view of Tasmania's beautiful forests.

About Launceston

Population 68,000

Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city and the commercial centre of northern Tasmania. This is a fairly slow paced city, more like a big country town. It is easy to explore and has more recently started to get some cool places to eat and drink.

Perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Launceston is Cataract Gorge, which is only a 20 minute walk from the city centre. Here vertical cliffs line the South Esk River and the area has also been made a wildlife reserve.

For beer lovers, take a tour of northern Tasmania's favourite beer at the Boag's Brewery. If you're after a little more adventure, you can glide across the treetops in a forest canopy flying fox tour or by cable hang-gliding, gaining a bird's-eye view of Tasmania's beautiful forests.

Launceston is also a good base to explore the vineyards of the nearby Tamar Valley and some of the charming historic towns, which are just a short drive away.

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Launceston Visitor Information Centre

Cornwall Square, 12-16 St John St
Launceston, Queensland
Phone 1800 651 827
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