Launceston city and suburbs

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Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston, is called the ‘Garden City’ because of its many parklands. Launceston is a compact city where you are seldom without a view of the Tamar River or surrounding valley. It has the charm and pace of a regional centre but with the facilities of a larger city and without the crowding or traffic.

A 15-minute walk west of the Launceston CBD is cataract gorge. Near vertical cliffs flank the South Esk River as it enters the Tamar River. The area around the gorge is a wildlife reserve.

To the south of Launceston, around Relbia, one of Tasmania’s significant wine-producing regions is emerging.

Launceston city and its immediate suburbs are served by the launceston city council. There is useful information about Launceston’s facilities on their website.

For an excellent guide to living and working in Launceston, visit discover launceston

(See distances by road chart.)

Launceston City Park
Launceston City Park. Launceston is known as the ‘Garden City’.
© Tourism Tasmania and Geoff Murray

For more information about living in the Launceston area please visit the Launceston City Council website.

Launceston and the Tamar River. Water views make for a great sea change.
© Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

launceston city and suburbs
Suburb Distance from GPO (km) Description
Launceston City 0 (Population: 3,550) With city facilities on hand, including parks, shops, government services and restaurants, central Launceston property is always in demand. The character cottages and new and renovated homes are popular with young couples and executives.
East Launceston/
1.7 (Population: 2,250) A prestigious area close to the Launceston CBD. Incorporates many of the city’s exclusive homes and is known for its quiet leafy streets. Nearby facilities include the Windmill Hill Swimming Pool, shops, doctors and private and public schools.
Invermay 3.1 (Population: 3,000) Invermay is becoming a cultural centre for Launceston. It is close to the Launceston CBD and home to the University of Tasmania’s drama school, the museum and art gallery and York Park, which features local and AFL football games. The suburb also offers a variety of shops and a boardwalk which runs through the historic site of Inveresk. The area has many character homes.
Kings Meadows 4.1 (Population: 3,750) To the south of Launceston, Kings Meadows is a growing suburb with good facilities including a large shopping centre, supermarkets, cafés, schools, golf course and gym. On convenient local bus routes and only five minutes from Launceston CBD, the suburb offers a mix of older homes on the flat and newer properties, with panoramic views, on the higher side.
Mayfield 6.5 (Population: 1,450) To the north of the Launceston CBD, Mayfield is situated close to the university campus and to the Australian Maritime College. House prices are affordable and there is appeal for first home buyers. A five- to ten-minute drive to the city via the freeway.
Mowbray 7.8 (Population: 3,250) Ideal for families, university and TAFE students, Mowbray is close to a large modern shopping centre, schools and the University of Tasmania. Located five minutes north of the Launceston CBD this affordable suburb is also home to the local greyhound and racing tracks.
Newnham 5.7 (Population: 5,400) On the eastern side of the Tamar River, Newnham is a family-oriented suburb with affordable house prices. Good schools, shops and doctors. Located minutes from the Launceston CBD along the East Tamar Highway there are a mix of modern homes and solidly constructed older homes in the area.
Newstead 2.4 (Population: 4,370) One of Launceston’s upmarket areas with many exclusive homes. It is close to the Launceston CBD and nearby facilities include a swimming pool, shops, doctors and private and public schools.
Norwood 5.4 (Population: 3,790) Norwood is a popular suburb five to ten minutes’ drive south of the Launceston CBD. It has a mix of large older-style family homes and modern homes. Convenient to shops, a golf club and public and private schools. With picturesque scenery, Norwood is an ideal place for families, retirees and executives.
Prospect Vale
5.0 (Population: 5,800) This is one of Launceston’s fastest growing and most popular “family-oriented” areas.
Country Club Resort
Country Club resort.
© Tourism Tasmania and Federal Hotels
There have been recent releases of land and a building boom. The new homes are serviced by a large modern shopping centre, shops, schools and other small business facilities. A few minutes from the Launceston country club resort and golf course.
Ravenswood 4.7 (Population: 4,100) Affordable homes are available in Ravenswood. It has been developed by government authorites over recent years. There is a trend towards more private ownership of homes in the area and a strong community spirit is being developed.
Riverside 5.3 (Population: 5,450) Built on a hill on the west side of the Tamar River, Riverside offers scenic views and is only five minutes from the Launceston CBD. Along the West Tamar Highway are a mix of older homes and newer developments – many unique in style – designed to capitalise on the convenient location and the views. Close to a supermarket, shops, high school, primary school, bus route and golf course.
Rocherlea 8.0 (Population: 1,150) Rocherlea is north of Newnham and on the way to Lilydale. A cluster of mainly brick suburban homes, this area is about ten minutes’ drive from the Launceston CBD. Services include a supermarket and local shops.
Sandhill 3.6 Sandhill is south of Launceston, between South Launceston, Kings Meadows and Summerhill. Convenient for Glen Dhu’s schools, the shopping centre at Kings Meadows, and only minutes from the Launceston CBD.
South Launceston 0.8 (Population: 3,750) This popular suburb minutes from the centre of Launceston offers a mix of character and newly-built homes. An easy walk to town facilities, local cafes and restaurants, South Launceston is popular with couples and families.
Summerhill 4.5 (Population: 2,900) Summerhill is a family-oriented suburb close to schools and shops. It is a ten-minute drive to the Launceston CBD and has modern and new homes.
St Leonards 7.8 (Population: 1,600) A suburb east of Newstead with a mix of residential, semi-rural and rural homes. It has schools and shops and is ten minutes drive to Launceston. This is an alternative to city living.
Trevallyn 2.2 (Population: 4,350) A sought-after area close to the city and offering some of Launceston’s finest city and river views. It has a mix of period and character houses combined with newer homes, all seeking to take advantage of Trevallyn’s prime position and views.
Waverley 6.8 (Population: 1,570) Waverley is to the east of Launceston and is comprised mainly of brick homes. It is a ten-minute drive to the Launceston CBD and is convenient to all facilities.
West Launceston 1.8 (Population: 3,990) West Launceston is a well-established suburb only minutes from the Launceston CBD and cataract gorge with some beautiful views over central Launceston. There are quiet cul-de-sacs and the area is close to parks, shops and schools.
Youngtown 5.8 (Population: 2,950) A fast-growing area only five to ten minutes from the Launceston CBD yet close to Kings Meadows with its facilities, shops and schools. New releases of land offer owners modern subdivisions with a rural feel.