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City Spotlight: Launceston, Tasmania

City Spotlight: Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart. It is located in the northern section of Tasmania and is close to where the ferry comes over from mainland Australia. The city is situation at the junction of the North Esk and the South Esk Rivers where they become the Tamar River.  It is the only Tasmanian city not located on the coast. It is a portal for travellers hiking in Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park. The city has a rich history, as it it is one of the oldest cities in Australia, settled by Europeans in March of 1806. Other firsts for Launcestion include the first Australian city to have underground sewers, the first Australian city to draw power from hydroelectricity, and the first place in the Southern Hemisphere to use anaesthetic.  


Launceston  Images. Left – Launceston Post Office, Top Right – Over looking Launceston from Woods Reserve, Bottom right- Cataract Gorge and Swinging Bridge Photo Credit: Wikipedia


Aerial View Of Launceston Photo Credit: “Aerial view of Launceston” by Philip Rickerby from Upper Hutt, New Zealand – P1040186. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

Hiring a Moving Truck in Launceston


Map of Tasmania Photo Credit: Google Maps


Launceston Regional Tasmania Map Photo Credit: Google Maps


Launceston Map Photo Credit: Google Maps


Launceston Truck Rental Map Photo Credit:

There are two places in Launceston where you can hire a moving truck or moving van. You can rent a moving truck from the Budget Trucks location in Launceston City  or hire a moving truck from the Budget Trucks location and the Launceston Airport. Click on the links to get a rate quote or speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable agents if you need help choosing the right moving vehicle for your needs. Call for reservations at 1 200 362 848. Budget Trucks is also very popular not just for moving, but for renting 4WD any other all-terrain vehicles to traverse the rugged Tasmanian landscapes. Look for special rates and deals on the Budget Trucks website.

Industries in Launceston


Launceston Panorama Photo Credit: “Launceston Panorama” by Edoddridge – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons


Launceston Street Photo Credit: Wikipedia


Albert Hall in Launceston Photo Credit: “Albert Hall, Launceston” by Jeanie Mackinder – originally posted to Flickr as IMG_1148. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

If you are moving to Launceston, you might likely be employed by the tourism industry, one of the universities, government, retail, or utility stations. Launceston is a major retail centre and services most of the north of Tasmania. The University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College both have their main campuses located in Launceston. Launceston also serves as a major hub of the entire region’s agricultural and pastoral activities. Tourism is also a big business in Launceston since it is a major tourist centre. Some of the top attractions include Cataract Gorge, City Park, Tasmania Zoo, and other parks including Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park.

Flooding and Levee System, Dams, and Hydro Electric Power

Trevallyn Dam Flooding

Trevallyn Dam Photo Credit: “Trevallyn Dam” by Aaroncrick – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Cataract Gorge Flooding

Cataract Gorge Photo Credit: “Gorge in Flood” by Aaroncrick – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Duck Reach Power Station Bridge

Duck Reach Power Station / Museum Photo Credit: “Duck Reach power station bridge” by Peripitus – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Launceston has had a love/hate relationship with the rivers because it is in a flood plain. In 1929 there was a major flood that was a disaster. Since the 1960’s, the city has built a series of flood levees to protect the residents from another natural disaster. Launceston generates a large portion of its electricity with renewable hydroelectric power plants. The Trevallyn Power Station provides a large portion of the energy with the help of the water supplied by the Trevallyn Dam.

Launceston Tasmania Climate

Launceston Climate

Launceston Climate Photo Credit: Wikipedia

If you are moving to Launceston, you can expect to enjoy the changing of all four seasons and an oceanic, temperate climate. Much of the city’s climate is caused because it is in the Tamar Valley and is surround by many large hills and mountains. Launceston weather can change quickly. The average high temperatures in winter occur in January and February and reach about 24 °C. Average low winter temps in June and July can dip down to 2 °C. Even though winter temperatures can be quite chilly, there is less wind in the winter because of the topography of the Tamar Valley. There is rarely snow in Launceston and only an average of 88 days of rain with average rainfall measurements totaling around 665 mm per year.

10 Things to Do in Launceston

Lake Saint Clair

Lake St. Clair Photo Credit:

When moving to a new city, it is important to learn about the recreational and holiday activities you might be able to enjoy in the city. Here are 10 things to do in Launceston:

  1. Cataract Gorge Reserve
  2. City Park
  3. Wine Tours and Tastings
  4. Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
  5. Tamar Valley
  6. J. Boag & Son Brewery
  7. Sightseeing Tours
  8. National Automobile Museum
  9. Design Centre Tasmania
  10. Tamar Island Wetlands

Here are 10 regional blogs we have covered on our Budget Travel Tips Blogs

Cradle Mountain - Behind Dove Lake

Trail passing by Kitchen Hut west of Cradle Mountain Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Cradle Mountain - Tasmania - Map

Cradle Mountain and Car Rental Map of Tasmania Photo Credit:

  1. Overland Track Tasmania (Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park)
  2. Strangest Places to Visit in Australia and Tasmania
  3. Hobart Tasmania
  4. 5 Places to Visit in Tasmania
  5. Tasmania Touring Route Launceston to Bridport
  6. 10 Best Road Trips #1: Tasmania’s East Coast
  7. Mole Creek Karst National Park
  8. Top Ski Resorts in Australia (Cradle Mountain)
  9. Top Nature Experiences in Australia (Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park)
  10. Top Scenic Lookouts in Australia (Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park)

Tips for Moving to any City in Australia

These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to any city in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute when you are moving.

  • Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
  • Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
  • Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
  • Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
  • If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australia uses voltage 220-240 volts.
  • Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
  • Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
  • Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
  • Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
  • Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.

Here are some other city spotlights we have covered for other cities in Australia:

City spotlights in Queensland: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast.

City spotlights in New South Wales: Sydney, Wollongong, Maitland, Newcastle, Tweed Heads,  and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales  and Wodonga, Victoria

City spotlights in Victoria: Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales and Wodonga, Victoria

City Spotlight: Canberra, ACT

City Spotlight: Perth, Western Australia

City Spotlight: Adelaide, South Australia

City Spotlight: Darwin, Northern Territory

City Spotlight Alice Spring, Northern Territory

City Spotlight: Hobart, Tasmania

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