About Launceston

Tasmania’s heart…

A short direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, Launceston has all you need for a perfect short break or extended holiday. Roughly half a day to anywhere on the Island, base yourself in Launceston and discover the plethora of natural and historic attractions without fuss or frenzy.

Founded in 1806, Launceston is the nation’s third-oldest city with a fascinating history traced in its beautiful old buildings and streetscapes; dating from early Colonial and convict times to Georgian and Victorian eras.  These stunning buildings are kept alive with thriving businesses and social activity from fashion houses and restaurants to banking institutions and high-tech work spaces.

Greater Launceston has a population of around 106,000. The city has the charm and pace of a regional centre and the facilities of a much larger city. With fresh air and a healthy climate Launceston celebrates four distinctive seasons and serves as your doorway to some of the wildest places in Australia.

If you’re thinking of making the sea or tree change and relocating to Launceston, visit the City of Launceston website for more information on Launceston’s culture, employment, economy, climate and lifestyle.