Launceston is one of the highlights of Tasmania. Located in the north and in the proximity of the Tamar River, this destination makes for a great holiday.

It has a long history, as it is one of Australia's oldest cities, named after Launceston, Cornwall in Britain by free European settlers in 1806.

And if history is what you're after on your trip to Tasmania, history is what you will get. There are many buildings preserved in their elegant 1870s and 1880s condition and style so as you walk through the city's streets you get a true glimpse into the past.

Nearby historic towns such as Evandale and Longford are also fantastic examples of this area's past. Much of its architecture remains authentic to its roots, and according to locals the population still retains a 19th century community spirit and feel – while also embracing progress and modernity.

Lovers of the outdoors will be happy to know that Launceston is also revered for its natural beauty. Cataract Gorge is a beautiful and rugged set of cliffs, nooks and crannies for all to enjoy – and it's only a few minutes away from the city centre. This attraction is fun for the whole family, as well as experienced climbers and those who like a bit of an adrenalin rush from activities such as abseiling.

And for those seeking to taste some of what Launceston has to offer, there are of course the many vineyards making top quality drops. Not to forget going wider afield to explore the area’s lavender plantations, strawberry farms, orchards and many other tasty goodies, you'll never be short of a bite in this town.

The city’s Saturday ‘Harvest Launceston Farmers’ Market’ was recently 2013 winner – Outstanding Farmers’ Market category in the ABC delicious magazine Produce Awards. Not bad from a field where there were over 3000 entrants. So in the heart of the town you can experience Australia’s best market!

You'll also rest easy every night, with plentiful accommodation in the city catering for everyone – from backpackers to luxury lodgings.

With all this and more, Launceston is the perfect spot for your next holiday.

Cataract Gorge Basin promo strip - Image Credit: Launceston-cataractgorge-dot-com-au

Produce Awards Logo 2013 - Image Credit: ABC Delicious Magazine

Market Produce shot - image credit: ABC Delicious Magazine 2013

Classic architecture and atmosphere - Image Credit: Monissa Whitely Blog (has perhaps the best collection of photos of the city and public buildings we know of)

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