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Launceston

Love food, art, design and adventure? Then you’ll love Launceston. Surrounded by rolling hills and some of the world’s best cool-climate wine country, this historic river city located at the head of the Tamar Valley in north-east Tasmania has all you need for the perfect getaway.

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You don’t have to travel far from the city of Launceston to visit vineyards, lavender fields, historic estates, nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and mountain biking towns. If you’re travelling for business, stay central at Sebel, Mantra or Grand Chancellor hotel. If you’re here to relax let your accommodation be part of the experience at a boutique heritage house or converted grain silo hotel. The kids will love Leisure Inn Penny Royal with abseiling and a pirate ship all part of the fun.

Take a drive to World Heritage-listed Brickendon and Woolmers Estates at Longford, where you’ll find historic bed and breakfasts amidst Tasmania’s gently rolling countryside. Drive out to Derby - a small country town which has become a mountain biking mecca, offering self-contained cabins, cottages and lodges for the ultimate adrenaline holiday. After a tour to the world-class Tamar Valley wine region, relax in a boutique lodge by the fire place to savour the fine wines from your cellar door visit. 

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Food and drink

Severely underrated, Launceston or ‘Lonnie’ houses some pretty impressive venues. Head to Stillwater for fine food or sit back and relax at the intimate Northern Club. Explore the Greater Tamar Valley and you’ll find some of the best cool climate Wineries in Australia, providing the perfect getaway for whatever the occasion.

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Wilderness and Outdoors

If you find yourself in Lonnie on a Saturday, make sure you hit up the Harvest Market. You’ll find a lot of Tassie’s best produce here. Fancy a bit of a hike? Explore Launceston’s most popular tourist attraction Cataract George. Its rocky cliff faces and beautiful bushland are truly spectacular.

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Getting around

From the airport: Launceston airport services domestic flights and is located 15km from the city centre. A taxi rank and shuttle service is located outside the terminal.

In and around the city: the best way to get around central Launceston is by bicycle or on foot, with plenty of cycling and walking tracks. There’s also taxis or Metro, Launceston's major city and suburban public transport provider. For longer trips throughout the state, Tassielink Transit and Redline Coaches operate an extensive timetable to most major Tasmanian towns.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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