Travel to Launceston in Australia. Launceston is the second-largest city in Tasmania and is situated in the north of the state on the Tamar River. The city was first settled in 1805 and currently has a population of around 70,000. Launceston (IATA: LST) is approximately 50 minutes from Melbourne on the mainland. Daily flights fly from Launceston to Melbourne with Virgin Australia, Qantas Link and Jetstar. Direct flights to Sydney are available daily and direct flights to Brisbane are available on selected days. Jetstar from Sydney can be only 1 hour 20 minutes.The terminal itself has recently undergone a major facelift. The interior has a modern check in area, with comfortable waiting lounges and a few airport shops and coin operated internet terminals. There is in-terminal car hire and hired cars can be easily walked to. Everything is very compact and coming and going from the terminal is easy. Taxis are usually available right out front. There are no jetways at Launceston Airport, the plane stops outside the terminal building and you depart the aircraft on stairs and walk into the terminal from outside. The terminal building itself opens at 04:30 for early morning departures. The importation of fruit into Tasmania is strictly controlled and travelers from the mainland should expect to be met by fruit sniffing dogs or other authorities when making their way through the hallways to baggage claim.Launceston is a hub of the highway system in Northern Tasmania. From Hobart, Devonport, or Burnie just stay on Highway 1, and make sure you are heading the right way. The main point of entry for drivers from the mainland will be in Devonport offloading from the Spirit of Tasmania ferry arrivals. It’s about a one hour drive to Launceston from Devonport, mainly all on divided highway with many services and shopping en route.The best way to get around Launceston is by car. Taxis are available, but may add up to be expensive, and try to get a transfer when you are moving from the airport to your hotel. You can also opt for an Uber, which can be cheaper than hiring a taxi, but it can still add up to be quite expensive if you do several trips. Car rental agencies in Launceston are plenty, including the likes of Hertz, Budget and Europcar, Redspot and the rates are great. There are car rental depots at Launceston Airport, as well as in the city centre. You can opt to get public transport or a taxi to the city centre to pick up the vehicle. There is also a Metro bus service which goes all through the town.Cycling is a reasonable way to get around town and out the Gorge. Traffic is fairly quiet around town, and there is a good network of bike paths.The centre is compact, with all the main attractions within walking distance. Be mindful of the one way streets.The Tamar Island Wetlands is a unique urban wetlands reserve just 10 minutes drive from the heart of Launceston in Tasmania’s north. Tamar Island has been Crown Land since settlement and up to the 1980s was leased to private and public operators. In the 1980s the Tasmanian Government purchased the wetlands area around Tamar Island, which was incorporated into the greater Tamar River Conservation Area. An interpretation centre offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the value of the wetlands, along with a hikes that takes you through the wetlands,in bird hides and over to the historic Tamar Island.Admission is by donation on the honour system. $5.00 suggested.Cataract Gorge is only a kilometre from the centre of Launceston. There is paid parking at the lower entrance to the park (Kings Bridge area), either all day or by the hour. There is also parking in the upper lot above Trevallyn, but not recommended unless you like very steep walks down to the park. If you can do only one thing in Launceston, an hour or two in the Cataract Gorge has got to be it. Launceston has several “olde worlde” UK style pubs, including The Cock and Bull and Irish Murphy’s. In the city centre there are pubs on many of the street intersections. Also The Royal Oak. Home to Launceston jazz scene. Most pubs have good, basic, fairly cheap meals lunch and dinner.There are many motels, hotels and bed-and-breakfast establishments offering accommodation in the area.Launceston provides a base to explore the northern part of Tasmania. The historic town of George Town (Tasmania) and Low Head lighthouse are a one hour drive to the north along the Tamar River. Beautiful ocean (Bass Strait) views, penguin tours in season.sightseeing abound. Compact city, easily navigated.

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