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Historic town hall
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Historic church in Paterson St
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Historic church in George St
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Windmill at Gourlays Restaurant
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Art Deco style "Holyman House"
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Entrance to Penny Royal
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LAUNCESTON City

LAUNCESTON is a charming old city with lots of great 19th Century architecture. It is also the second largest city in Tasmania. There are many interesting buildings and churches to see, plus it has many facilities and much accommodation. There are also lovely parks and a water front. On the northern edge of Launceston city is the famous Cataract Gorge and the attractive old suburb of Trevallyn. Just beyond Launceston is the Tamar Island and the Tasmania Zoo. Launceston is within 60 minutes of the many attractions shown in the special map below. My website covers Launceston in 4 other pages, namely; TREVALLYN, CATARACT GORGE, TAMAR ISLAND and TASMANIA ZOO.

From LAUNCESTON CBD you are 20 minutes from EVANDALE, LONGFORD, CARRICK, EXETER, TAMAR ISLAND, TASMANIA ZOO and GRINDELWALD.

You are 40 minutes from BEACONSFIELD, BEAUTY POINT, LILYDALE, GEORGE TOWN, WESTBURY, Mt BARROW and Mt ARTHUR and DELORAINE.

You are 60 minutes from GREENS BEACH, the NARAWNTAPU National Park, Mt BEN LOMOND, Mt BEN NEVIS, SCOTTSDALE, WEYMOUTH, CAMPBELL TOWN, MOLE CREEK, the GREAT LAKE and DEVONPORT.

Nearby places are described in the EXETER, BEACONSFIELD, BEAUTY POINT, TASMANIA ZOO, CARRICK, WESTBURY and LONGFORD pages.


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FACILITIES: Launceston is the second city of Tasmania. There is a huge shopping precinct in the Launceston CBD and more shopping precincts in the suburbs. There is much accommodation in LAUNCESTON.

TOURIST information is at Cornwall Square, 16 St John Street, Launceston City, The telephone number is (03) 6336 3133 or contact www.visitlauncestontamar.com.au

For PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS telephone 1800 651 827

SIGHTS: Launceston was established in 1806, which makes it one of the oldest cities in Australia. From Launceston the explorers Batman and Faulkner went on to establish Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. Launceston still has a large number of historic assets to display and most of them are still situated within their original 19th Century ambience.

Like HOBART, Launceston has complete, 19th Century suburbs, like TREVALLYN, where you can really feel the past. There are many heritage listed buildings and they are easy to access. Launceston also has some great Art Deco buildings, which are blended into the older Victorian streetscapes.

Launceston also has a number of parks and gardens, which have a 19th Century charm. Royal Park looks across the Tamar River to TREVALLYN, while CATARACT GORGE has sights that are really spectacular. However, because of the large number of attractions in Launceston, TREVALLYN, CATARACT GORGE and TAMAR ISLAND are covered on separate pages.

From Launceston most of northern Tasmania is only an hour drive away. The only negatives about Launceston are that it is really three cities, each separated by a river and movement between them is restricted to four bridges. Further the CBD has a number of one way streets and parking can be a problem at peak times.


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  • Churches
  • Buildings
  • Waterfront
  • City Park
  • Franklin
  • Carr Villa

Launceston, church

1/ Launceston is in north eastern Tasmania. This photo shows an impressive Launceston church showing an unusual Byzantine style.

Launceston, church

2/ This is the church showing its lines from the side.

Launceston, church

3/ This is an impressive Gothic style church in George Street, Launceston.

Launceston, church

4/ This is another Gothic style church in Cimitere Street, Launceston.

Launceston, church

5/ This shows a Renaissance style church in Paterson Street, Launceston.

Launceston Church

6/ This white church is a Gothic style church in Frederick Street, Launceston. In 2012 this church was about to be restored into a residence.

Launceston, St Andrews Church

7/ St Andrew's Church in Paterson Street is one of the oldest in Tasmania. Its metal fence is the oldest iron fence erected in Colonial Australia and is partly made of iron from Tasmania.

 

Launceston Albert Hall

1/ This is the portico of the Albert Hall in Tamar Street on the edge of City Park. It is classic Victorian building and attests to a time when Launceston was a very wealthy city. Launceston has a wealth of Victoriana.

Launceston Albert Hall

2/ This is the Albert Hall in its full, grand profile. It is one of the largest and grandest buildings in Launceston.

Launceston mall

3/ These are Victorian buildings in Brisbane Street, close to the Mall. Each shows a uniquely, different style. They make the Launceston CBD a very interesting place.

Launceston bank of NSW

4/ The Bank of New South Wales shows the style of the early Victorian era. It is in Brisbane Street, Launceston near the Mall, where there are many other old buildings.

Launceston clarion hotel

5/ The Clarion Hotel shows the charm of a classic old Victorian hotel. It is on the corner of Tamar & Williams in the Launceston CBD.

Launceston Mall

6/ This Victorian building in George Street, Launceston is showing Italian influence in its windows frames.

Launceston Hotel Grand Chancellor

7/ This is the portico of the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Cameron Street. It is the largest hotel in Launceston.

Launceston Holyman House

8/ Holyman House in Brisbane Street shows the new clean lines of the Art Deco Movement of the 1930s. There are a number of other great Art Deco buildings in Launceston.

Launceston

9/ The stylish Bendigo Bank in Paterson Street, Launceston shows a classic Italian Renaissance style.

Launceston Paterson Street

10/ This building in Paterson Street, Launceston shows the large arch windows popular in government buildings in late Victorian times.

Launceston Brisbane Arcade

11/ The Brisbane Arcade shows a classic Victorian style. It has a variety of boutique shops and leads to a tiny square with an ancient gas light. It is a favorite Launceston hide away.

Launceston Brisbane Arcade

12/This ancient gas lamp in the Brisbane Arcade once lit up Launceston's streets.

Launceston Cornwall Hotel

13/ The old Cornwall Hotel on Cimitere St, Launceston was where in 1833 Batman and Faulkner organized their expedition to found a settlement at Melbourne. Yes, Tasmanians from Launceston actually founded the towns that later became Melbourne and Geelong.

Launceston Tram Station

14/ This is the restored tram station just outside the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, where pleasure tram rides are now conducted from.

Launceston tram bus

15/ This old tram has been converted into a tourist bus. It is not one of the Launceston trams referred to above.

Launceston Mall

16/ The Brisbane Street Mall is the commercial heart of the Launceston CBD.

Launceston Aquatic Centre

17/ The Launceston Aquatic Centre in York Street now houses a number of versatile, ultra modern, swimming pools. There are many grand old homes in the streets beyond the Windmill Hill on which it stands.

Launceston Tasmania

18/ This is Civic Square in the north of the Launceston CBD. The square cuts across Cameron Street, which you can see the continuation of in the middle. On the left is the Service Tasmania office.

Launceston Camerson Street Tasmania

19/ Cameron Street has some of the most prestigious buildings in Launceston. Beyond this interesting Victoria era terrace is the Launceston Art Gallery.

Launceston Tasmania

20/ On the other side of Cameron Street, Launceston is the stylish Supreme Court Building.

 

Launceston Kings Bridge

1/ King's Bridge joins the city to the north western suburbs of Launceston. The brown houses to the right are part of the Penny Royal Complex. The waterfront sided Royal Park begins to the left of this bridge.

Launceston wind mill restaurant

2/ The Wind Mill Restaurant is located at the edge of Royal Park near the wind mill. It is one of the most stylish restaurants in Launceston.

Launceston Penny Royal World

3/ Penny Royal is a former theme park on the site of an old quarry. It is now a luxury apartment complex.

Launceston Penny Royal Apartments

4/ The Penny Royal apartments look old, but they are actually, very modern. Behind them is the former theme park, located in an old quarry. Penny Royal was, until recently, one of Launceston's top tourist attractions.

Launceston Gourlays Restaurant

5/ Just beyond the Penny Royal Complex is Launceston's most famous restaurant. It is the brown building that stands before the old Ritchie's wind mill.

Launceston Ritchies Mill

6/ Ritchie's Mill is an ancient, flower-grinding mill. It is similar to the restored Callington Mill in Oatlands.

Launceston Ritichies Mill

7/ This photo shows the full sails of Ritchie's Mill. The mill adds a distinct shape to the Launceston sky line.

Launceston Kings Park

8/ This is the view from Royal Park looking across the Tamar River. The Tamar really dominates Launceston.

Launceston Kings Park

9/ This is looking across the Tamar River to King's Bridge. Trevallyn is on the left. Just beyond the Bridge is the Cataract Gorge walk to First Basin. From King's Park you really appreciate what a lovely city Launceston is.

Launceston Waterfront Complex

10/ This is the modern Peppers Waterfront complex just beyond Royal Park. It is a marina and apartment complex, built on the edge of the Launceston CBD.

Launceston Kings Park

11/ This view is looking north up the Tamar River from Launceston's Royal Park.

Launceston Kings Park

12/ These are derelict ships on the Tamar River beyond Royal Park. Both sides of the river in this area once constituted the dock area of old Launceston.

Launceston Kings Park

13/ The Tamar River is very gentle and reflective in the afternoon. It gave off this painterly appearance that day and shows why Launceston is such a charming old city.

 

Launceston City Park

1/ The entrance to City Park is on Tamar Street. The park is one of the top attractions of the Launceston CBD.

Launceston City Park

2/ This plaque near the entrance to City Park tells you that early Launceston was founded in this area.

Launceston City Park

3/ There is a cage for monkeys near the entrance. In the background you can see the Albert Hall.

Launceston City Park arboretum

4/ The Launceston Arboretum is built in this classic, old style. It houses a wide variety of exotic plants.

Launceston City Park arboretum

5/ These are some of the many beautiful flowers inside the Launceston Arboretum.

Launceston City Park

6/ The old Rotunda is where bands perform their concerts. Many of the cultural events of Launceston are held here.

Launceston City Park queen victoria monument

7/ This is a lovely monument to Queen Victoria's Jubilee. The money to build it was raised by the children of old Launceston.

Launceston City Park gardeners cottage

8/ The gardener's cottage blends well into the ambience of Launceston's City Park.

 

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

1/ Franklin House is a National Trust property on the southern edge of Launceston in north eastern Tasmania. It was built in 1838 and served initially both as a residence and as a boarding school. The house dominated the local Franklin village and was the centre of a grazing estate. Inside are wonderful displays of Georgian furniture and decor. The telephone is (03) 6344 6233

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

2/ This photo shows the rear courtyard of Franklin House. The extension to the left is the servants quarters, while the extension to the right is the old stables. The Franklin village was formerly outside the boundaries of old Launceston.

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

3/ Franklin House is surrounded by a beautiful garden. It is a must see for those doing a garden tour of Launceston.

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

4/ This photo shows the garden's shelter. When the flowers bloom this shelter would be very beautiful.

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

5/ St James Anglican Church was built in 1845 to serve the needs of the Franklin Village. It is just opposite Franklin House. The church is built in the primitive Gothic style and is the seventh oldest church in Tasmania.

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

6/ At the rear of the church is a cemetery. This has some of the oldest graves in Launceston.

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

7/ Around the altar you can see exquisite wood work. The church also has a very ancient organ.

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

8/ The Grubb family financed the construction of two skillful, stain glass windows. The Grubbs were once an important Launceston family.

Franklin House Launceston Tasmania

9/ This is the other exquisite, stain glass window.

 

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

1/ The Carr Villa Gardens are in Youngtown, a south eastern suburb of Launceston. The complex includes a chapel, crematorium, gardens and a cemetery. This photo shows the chapel, which looks very stylish and very European. You can easily spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the gardens.

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

2/ The memorial plaques are supported by a plethora of lovely shapes and shades of green.

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

3/ This photo shows the beautiful scene that greets you.

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

4/ The lovely pond was lined with memorial plaques.

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

5/ This photo shows the stylish, memorial wall.

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

6/ This photo shows some ancient headstones amidst the lovely greenery. I thought that this arrangement was a great way to celebrate life.

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

7/ This photo shows the lovely chapel from the front.

Carr Villa Gardens Launceston

7/ This photo shows the lovely chapel from the front.

 

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