Jan
17
2013

Launceston: nation’s number 1 ‘family friendly city’

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Planning a family trip to Tasmania? Then you might want to pencil in the city of Launceston in your itinerary, after a study by Suncorp Bank voted the "sleepy" historic town as the most family friendly city in Australia.

Cities were ranked against ten key criteria including crime rates, unemployment levels, access to health services, schools, child care, disposable income, house prices, volunteer work and broadband in the home.

It is also a great place for your family to settle if you've considered a move to the natural state with Suncorp Bank executive manager Craig Fenwick stating that regional cities were upstaging crowded and stressful urban jungles when it came to being 'family-friendly'.

Brendan Vince, formerly of Hobart, told The Mercury that he used to "bag it out" [Launceston] but now he loves the place after moving there from Tasmania's capital eight years ago.

"It is a great place for kids, everything is so close and housing is much cheaper than Hobart," Mr Vince said via The Mercury on January 16.

Launceston is well-known for being the home to many historic buildings and attractions such as the Cataract Gorge, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and being the gateway to the popular Tamar Valley Wine Route.

Tasmania's city of Burnie was also revealed to be the nation's healthiest, while Launceston had the least crowded schools.

Following Launceston in the top five family friendly cities were Canberra, Toowoomba, Albury/Wodonga and in fifth equal Adelaide and Perth.

Cataract Gorge and its open air swimming pools - fun for all the family

Views from a Launceston Suburb

A Center City Launceston Mall

Launceston's Rich Georgian Period Streetscapes

Charles Street residential area near Hotel Charles in Launceston

Launceston's River Walk

More superb city buildings

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