You can take the world's longest single span chairlift (308 metres) across the beautiful Cataract Gorge or cruise the Tamar River. There are weekday tours of Boag's Brewery and you can taste delightful drops at more than 20 cellar doors on the Tamar Valley Wine Route, outside town.

Launceston's stately buildings, and sometimes grizzly history, make for an intriguing night time ghost tour too. If you're an arts and culture lover the quaint galleries, boutiques and theatre productions won't disappoint either. Flights to Launceston are available from all Australian mainland capital cities.