Tasmania’s north is a feast of historic streetscapes and heritage estates, rich farmland, premier cool-climate wines, fresh produce and a haven for designers and craft makers eager to talk about their work.

The largest city in the region – and second largest in the state – is Launceston, a vibrant hub for food and wine and culture. There’s also a touch of wilderness with Cataract Gorge just a few minutes walk from the city centre.

The city is located on the banks of the Tamar River and is the gateway to the Tamar Valley, a region where English conservatism sits happily alongside the unconventional and off beat.

Out of Launceston, the surrounding green fields and country lanes are lined with 150 year old hawthorn, poplar and elm trees, while in the Tamar Valley you’ll find vineyards, strawberry farms and orchards and in the north east, lavender plantations.

This idyllic setting will satisfy other interests too, from those of history enthusiasts to nature lovers.

For more local information on Launceston and Tasmania’s north see Visit Northern Tasmania