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Tamar Valley, Tasmania: Key Attractions

Launceston: A small, rather sleepy provincial city nestled in pleasant hilly countryside, Launceston is the largest centre of population in Northern Tasmania and the second largest city in the island state after Hobart. Conveniently located some 64 km from the northern coast on the junction of the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar Rivers, Launceston has proved itself to be an excellent base for tourists who wish to explore the rich and scenically attractive coastal plain, the Tamar Valley to the north and the mountains and lakeland areas in the island's central plateau.
Launceston is easy to explore, from its elegant streetscapes to century-old parks, which sit beside revitalised areas such as Launceston Seaport, with its waterfront eateries.

Cataract Gorge: The gorge is Launceston's own little piece of wilderness, a unique natural formation of sheer cliffs and cascades just 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Visitor facilities include walking and hiking trails, the world's longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, kiosk, peacocks and wildlife, gardens, a suspension bridge, Interpretation Centre and lookouts with spectacular views. Cruise vessels ply Cataract Gorge daily.

Wines and Gourmet Produce: The Tamar River estuary meanders for 58 kilometres through areas of vineyards, orchards, pastures and forests, its rural and riverside settings which have been likened to those of the Rhine Valley in Europe. The Tamar Valley is Tasmania’s major cool-climate wine-producing region and the area's 24 wineries specialise in Pinot and Riesling varieties.
The Valley is also known for its regional gourmet produce, including fruits, vegetables and cheeses. The Hillwood Strawberry Farm Fruit Wine and Cheese Centre is one of many local producers whose door is open for visitors to come in and taste the fruits of their labour.

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