Rags to Riches Tour

  • The quickest way to get to know the boutique city of Launceston is to explore one of three heritage walking routes. With one of the most intact cityscapes in the country, the city features many examples of Colonial and Victorian architecture. Consider your mantra for the day "look left, look right, look up!" as you take in the rags to riches 90 minute trail and wander past the Old Bank, St John's Church, and Princes Square.
  • Extend your walk on your own accord to The Albert Hall, a building of historical significance that neighbours The City Park. Many a story to tell, this grand lady is used in modern times to house concerts, dinners and award ceremonies, but in the past it provided shelter to those who lost their homes during the great floods of 1929, as well as being used as a temporary hospital during the catastrophic 1919 influenza outbreak.
  • On the boundary of the public hall on the edge of the City Park you will discover Victoria's cafe, a wonderful place to enjoy the surrounding parkland over a hot brew and delectable snack after absorbing our history and heritage on two feet.
  • Take a seat at this time as you catch the Metro bus, local taxi, or collect your hire car, and make your way to Franklin House, a convict built home and gardens built in 1838. The birthplace for The National Trust in Tasmania, the property became one of the colonies leading private schools in the mid 1800's. Absorb the city's only house-based museum, take a self guided tour, or simply soak up the grandeur under an old oak tree.

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