Package Holidays in Tasmania
Prospect Launceston Tasmania Australia
Nestled in hilly country where the Tamar, North Esk and South Esk rivers meet Launceston has the highest concentration of 19th-century buildings in Australia. Situated some 5 minutes from the centre of Launceston is Prospect, a suburb with a population of some 5,800 souls.
Prospect - Launceston History
British explorers, Flinders and Bass, explored the Tasmanian areas of Launceston and the Tamar Valley in 1798. In late 1804, Lt. Colonel William Paterson commanded a fleet of ships bringing 181 souls, including 74 convicts to establish a colonial settlement; by 1805 the party had settled in Launceston. The Waverley Woollen Mill was founded in 1874; the mill and the mill owner's home were among the first buildings in Tasmania to be lit by electricity on July 5 1889. Macquarie House, which was built in the Launceston in the Civic Square in1830, is the Georgian building, which housed the chandler who supplied the Batman and Fawkner expeditions to establish Melbourne in Victoria.
Launceston - Today
Life in Launceston moves at the pace of a relaxed big country town. Today, the well-preserved links with Tasmania's rich history is clearly demonstrated in the Launceston's Victorian streetscapes and well-maintained historic architecture. Shopping in Launceston is a great experience, taking in everything from large national department stores to small exclusive boutiques specialising in handmade Tasmanian products. The arcades and malls hold many delights and Yorktown Square is full of old-world charm. Alfresco dining can be enjoyed many street cafes.
Launceston - Attractions
The Launceston Queen Victoria Museum with permanent exhibits on the traditional Aboriginal owners and on convict history is one of the best regional museums in Australia. Seaport is a riverside complex with restaurants and shops. Historic Boags Brewery offers excellent guided tours of the brewery and the National Automobile Museum displays over 40 fully restored classis vehicles. The Design Centre of Tasmania exhibits contemporary art and craft. Launceston has a defined Historical Walk that takes in 25 places of historical importance in central Launceston and Launceston has one of the few casinos in Australia.
Launceston - Nearby Attractions
A short distance from town, Cataract Gorge is awesome and is one of Launceston's outstanding natural attractions with the historic Kings Bridge spaning the Tamar River at the entrance to the gorge. Franklin House is a National Trust-listed Georgian building, which was built by convicts in 1838 for a Launceston brewer. The Launceston Waverley Woollen Mills is Australia's oldest woollen mill, you can take a tour or visit the showroom. Trevallyn Dam is a good picnic spot and Launceston Lakes Trout Fishery and Wildlife Park has good fly-fishing on the lakes with tuition available.
Launceston is a nucleus for the famous Tamar valley wine route, which celebrates the notion of ' eat, drink and be merry' with fresh Tasmanian produce and local wines.