With the recent announcement that Tasmania will be reopening its borders to us over here on the mainland on the 15th of December, here are five reasons to start planning your trip to Launceston.

1. You can feel like you’re ‘overseas’

With international holidays still looking a bit uncertain for awhile, a great way to trick yourself into feeling like you’re overseas is a trip down to the island state’s second-largest city, Launceston. The Colonial and Victorian-era architecture gives the feeling of being transported to the UK, all without needing a passport. 

2. Stay at a heritage-listed property

Experience old-world charm while you stay at a boutique heritage-listed property, Leisure Inn Penny Royal  The hotel was once a corn mill and has been transformed into the perfect option for families, friends or couples looking for affordable accommodation. The hotel is located within close proximity to many of the local attractions and even has an onsite adventure park and brand new restaurant, Alida. 

3. You can explore the top sparkling wine region in the world

The Tamar Valley wine region, in Launceston, is considered to produce the world’s best sparkling wine (outside of Champagne). With over 30 wine tasting rooms to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

4. Food, glorious food

A paddock to plate destination, Launceston offers amazing local produce. Many people aren’t aware that it’s one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the country, it comes as no surprise that Launceston has delicious food offerings. 

5. Enjoy the best of both worlds

Launceston has the perfect mix of city meets country with shopping and dining options you’d normally find in metropolitan areas, combined with plenty of outdoor activity options as well. 

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