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Experience a pleasant relaxed city nestling on the banks of the River Tamar where the North and South Esk Rivers converge. Launceston is often called the ‘garden city’ for its extensive parkland and flourishing gardens. It contains many historic buildings, a vivid reminder of the city’s heritage. This is the ideal base for exploring the rich and varied countryside surrounding the city.


Population Launceston: 76,085
Greater Launceston Area: 106,000
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Majority of shops are open from 9 am-5.30 pm from Mondays to Fridays and 9 am-noon on Saturdays. Some shops have extended hours on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. There are very few shops open on Sundays.
Newspapers The Examiner
The Australian (National)
Launceston Times
Emergency numbers Call 'Triple Zero', 000, to reach ambulance, police or fire
Tourist information Launceston Travel and Information Centre
68-72 Cameron Street, Launceston
+61 1800 651 827
Open weekdays 9 am-5 pm. Sat 9 am-1 pm. Sundays and Public Holidays 9 am-1 pm