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Cosmopolitan Launceston

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city and Australia's third oldest city. It is known as the Five Minute City as it is so compact, but it has a cosmopolitan air, and those who live there wouldn't consider living anywhere else.

You can never go wrong with a waterside setting, and Launceston is at the place where the North and South Esk Rivers unite to form the Tamar River. There are parks and gardens, gracious Victorian architecture and vibrant art and culture.

Launceston is close to the cool-climate wineries of the Northern Tasmanian Wine Route. Hawthorn hedges line country roads leading to Georgian farmhouses and country mansions, built by convicts from wonderful sandstone. If you love old buildings, this is where you will see a feast of National Trust and Heritage beauties.

The city celebrates its food, wine and cultural scene — with very good reason — and the annual autumn Festivale is a feast of music, art and regional flavours.

Charles Street is around 1.5 kilometres long and has been dubbed Launceston's lifestyle precinct. Over the past five years it has undergone an amazing transformation with the introduction of alfresco dining, new residential blocks for inner-city living, all just a couple of blocks from the CBD. It has a buzzing altruistic feeling, and Getaway visited the area to check out a few of the popular venues.

Twofourtwo apartments showcases the best of boutique wines, art and contemporary furniture, and everything you see is for sale.

Choose between three apartments — studio and Terrace which have one bedroom, and the two-bedroom Bakehouse. They have luxurious king beds, a selection of pillows, coffee machine and breakfast provisions. Each has access to guest laundry, private courtyards, barbecue and parking.

The Gallery has a pleasing range of contemporary items — timber design by the renowned Alan Livermore, fine ceramics and jewellery. There are stunning pieces of photography, woollen textiles, individually blown and sculpted glass pieces, all making a wonderful array of bits and pieces you'd love to own.

Just a few doors away is Tant Pour Tant, a favourite meeting place for food lovers. If you love quality coffee and superb cakes, biscuits, petit fours, breads and pastries, join them and you will not be disappointed.

Yeltour is where to go when you fancy something new to wear. For 35 years the fashion store has presented local and international fashion labels to Tasmania's fashion conscious. Its four outlets have been upgraded recently making shopping even more pleasurable. They cater for all ages and styles — the young and funky to classic styles.

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Location

Launceston in Tasmania's north.

Cost

TwoFourTwo Bakehouse accommodation is $220 a night. Terrace and Studio apartments are $198 a night.

Virgin Blue has flights to Launceston.

From fare
Sydney
$95
Melbourne
$70
Brisbane
$145
Adelaide
$190
Perth
$290
Darwin
$340

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at November 01, 2007 and are subject to change.

For more information

TwoFourTwo
242 Charles Street
Launceston 7250
Ph: (03) 6331 9242
Fax: (03) 6334 6169
Website: www.twofourtwo.com.au
Email: stay@twofourtwo.com.au

Tant Pour Tant
226 Charles Street
Launceston 7250
Ph: (03) 6334 9884
Fax: (03) 6334 8899
Website: www.tantpourtant.com.au
Email: jph@tantpourtant.com.au

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 67 89
Website: www.virginblue.com.au

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