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North Tassie's Launceston has everything the state is famous for – rich colonial heritage, stunning wilderness and mouth-watering food and wine. Book your flights to Launceston with Flight Centre today to experience the relaxing yet invigorating lifestyle Launcestians brag about. Domestic airlines Virgin Australia and Jetstar can get you there in around an hour from Melbourne or an hour and a half from Sydney.
The airport is 15 kilometres south of the city. The Airporter hotel shuttle meets all arriving flights ($18, return $32). Otherwise a cab ride is about $35.
Average flight time: About one hour and 40 minutes from Sydney.
Daily flights from: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Major airlines: Virgin Australia and Jetstar.
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There's so much to see on a Launceston tour
Being one of Australia's oldest cities comes with its benefits. Book a guided tour of the city sights with an in-depth look into the convict history, enjoy an cheese platter aboard a river cruise or journey north and follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route.
Hire a car and discover northern Tasmania
Hit the open road and see the state's north with the freedom of a hire car. Pop into the nearby Tamar Valley wineries, visit the scenic seaside towns along the north coast or head south to hip and happening Hobart in about two and a half hours.
More destinations to discover
In a small radius around Launceston you’ll find historic villages, wineries, beaches, bushwalks and winding country roads to explore. A little further afield – but still less than an hour’s drive – are towns such as Deloraine, a picturesque arts and crafts centre, and the beachside idyll of Bridport.
The village of Evandale is National Trust-listed for its Georgian heritage, making it the natural home for the National Penny Farthing Championships. Drawing crowds each week are the Sunday markets, a nirvana for bric-a-brac lovers. The village is also known for the annual Glover art prize, after John Glover, the great English artist who moved here in 1832.
Tamar Valley Wine Route
Alone worth a visit to Launceston, the 170-kilometre Tamar Valley wine route features 30 cellar doors, including famous cool-climate names such as Josef Chromy, Pipers Brook, Jansz, Stoney Rise and Clover Hill. In between tastings of chardonnay, riesling, sav blanc and pinots gris and noir, there will be much fine food and lashings of spectacular scenery.
Bridgestowe Lavender Estate
It might be Tuscany, but it’s Nabowla, 60 kilometres north-east of Launceston and home of Bridestowe Lavender Estate. It comes into its violet, manicured, endless rows of glory in summer. Not so purple but still special at any other time, the estate has a year-round cafe serving lavender-inspired food, and a shop selling lavender-inspired gifts.