Launceston is one of Australia's oldest cities defined by well-preserved Colonial and Victorian architecture, century-old parks, and spectacular wilderness right on the city doorstep. Cataract Gorge known locally as The Gorge it is a large natural rock formation, just minutes from the city centre. The Gorge has walking tracks, a swimming pool, the world's longest single-span chairlift, and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. From Launceston you can follow the Tamar River or kanamaluka north to Tasmania’s premium wine regions also the countryside is dotted with vast fields of lavender and charming riverside towns.
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in central Launceston is the largest regional gallery in Australia. Launceston is also home to the Mona Foma festival, held annually in January the festival is an art and music festival with spectacular lighting displays. It celebrates Tasmania art and culture and includes Aboriginal culture, art and food.
Launceston and the north of Tasmania are the traditional lands of four Aboriginal clans, the clans were involved in the mining and trading ochre, mutton birding and sealing on the coastal waters.