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The largest city in the region – and second largest in the state – is Launceston, a vibrant hub for food and wine and culture. There’s also a touch of wilderness with Cataract Gorge just a few minutes walk from the city centre. The city is located on the banks of the Tamar River and is the gateway to the Tamar Valley, a region where English conservatism sits happily alongside the unconventional and off beat.
Out of Launceston, the surrounding green fields and country lanes are lined with 150 year old hawthorn, poplar and elm trees, while in the Tamar Valley you’ll find vineyards, strawberry farms and orchards and in the north east, lavender plantations. This idyllic setting will satisfy other interests too, from those of history enthusiasts to nature lovers. The nearby town of Longford with it’s grand old World Heritage listed estates f Woolmers and Brickendon, offer visitors the chance to enjoy the architecture and community spirit of 19th century English villages made relevant for today.