Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania, located where the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar Rivers meets in northern Tasmania. After Hobart, Launceston has the busiest airport in the state, serving over a million passengers a year. For any travellers wanting to visit the northern part of the island, Launceston is the most convenient option if you're flying.
The nearby Tamar Valley is Tasmania's most famous wine and produce region.
Vineyards and cellar doors, quaint accommodation and memorable caravan parks, living history, fabulous cafés and unique attractions await you in the West Tamar. The Tamar is home to some of Tasmania's most beautiful landscapes. West Tamar is situated alongside the majestic Tamar River. At 58 kilometres it is Australia's longest navigable tidal estuary. The Tamar runs through the heart of high-yielding vineyard country, orchards, gently sloping hills and forests. Tourism is one of the main industries contributing to the growth of the region. Some of the many attractions that will tempt you include a Swiss Village at Grindelwald, fascinating gold mining history in Beaconsfield, a bush maze, lavender fields and fascinating animals including seahorses, platypuses and Tasmanian devils. Pick up a locally made treasure at Artisan Gallery or the Tamar Visitor Centre in Exeter, a haven for locally made products. The friendly volunteers and staff will welcome you with a smile and assist with all of your travel enquiries.
The climate is extremely variable with high fluctuations in temperature and wind speed during the average week.
Summer lasts from December to February and has an average maximum temperature at sea level of 21 °C. Winter lasts from June to August with an average maximum temperature at sea level of 12 °C. Still, it can be around 35 °C on some summer days and below zero during some winternights. Although rain is possible in every month, the wintermonths of June to August tend to be somewhat wetter.
|Avg Max||24.2 °C||24.5 °C||22.5 °C||18.8 °C||15.8 °C||13.1 °C||12.6 °C||13.7 °C||15.5 °C||18 °C||20.4 °C||22.4 °C|
|Avg Min||12.2 °C||12.1 °C||10.1 °C||7.5 °C||5 °C||2.9 °C||2.2 °C||3.6 °C||5.1 °C||6.9 °C||8.9 °C||10.6 °C|
|Rainfall||46.3 mm||32.4 mm||34.9 mm||54.3 mm||63.8 mm||67.8 mm||76.5 mm||82.6 mm||65 mm||50.1 mm||49.4 mm||45.8 mm|
Launceston Airport is situated 15 minutes from the centre of town and services over a million passengers annually. The following airlines service it:
Launceston is 2.5 hours drive from Hobart, via the Midlands Highway.
Launceston offers a wide variety of options for eating. Head to George Street in the city for a great choice of restaurants, or to the Seaport down by the river for everything from fish and chips to fine dining.
|Arthouse Hostel||20 Lindsay Street||Hostel||86|
|Lloyds Hotel Backpackers||23 George Street||Hostel||-|
|Batman Fawkner Inn||39 Cameron Street||Hostel||84|
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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