Australia’s third oldest city offers stunning heritage streetscapes as part of a modern vibrant city. From Launceston, the River Tamar meanders 50kms to Bass Strait, through one of Australia’s most beautiful river valleys, studded with vineyards, dairy farms and orchards. Direct flights from Melbourne (50 minutes), Sydney (1 hour 20 minutes) and Brisbane (3 hours) will have you in Launceston quickly and without fuss- or perhaps make it an extended stay by booking your car on the Spirit of Tasmania for a romantic overnight Bass Strait crossing.
Hobart, the home of MONA, the controversial world class museum of old and new art, is a scenic 2 hours drive away on good roads. The fertile north-west coast also has beaches, mountains and fresh produce to tempt the traveller.