Located in Australia, in north Tasmania is the beautiful city of Launceston. This picturesque city has unique features which differentiate it from other cities and regions in Australia. Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania and also the third oldest. Home to numerous attractions, fascinating history, century-old parks, stunning natural surroundings, impressive Colonial and Victorian architecture and so much more, Launceston is a great destination for a fun family getaway. Visitors to Launceston are sure to never run out of things to do and see in the city and the surrounding area. Muslim visitors must however be aware that locating Muslim-friendly facilities in Launceston will prove to be quite difficult.
The Launceston Tamar Valley area is home to numerous natural attractions. While here, tourists must take a walk through one of the many parks and reserves found in Launceston. Just a few minutes from the city centre is the Cataract Gorge, which is one of Launceston’s most popular attractions. The Cataract Gorge Reserve is well-known amongst locals and tourists alike, and is a must-visit when in the city. Found here are numerous walking trails that take visitors through picturesque surroundings. Also offered are informative guided walks around the Cataract Gorge.
There are also several other stunning natural areas within driving distance of Launceston. Liffey Falls, Meander Falls, Narawntapu National Park, Tamar Island Wetlands, Brady's Lookout, Alum Cliffs and Notley Fern Gorge are just a few of them.
Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most famous natural icons due to its unique shape. Located amongst the Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park, a World Heritage listed site, this area offers spectacular views and great walking trails.
Also found within Launceston and the Tamar Valley are a variety of attractions for history buffs. There are colonial settlements which date back over 200 years, as well as museums like the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and the Launceston Tramway Museum, and heritage trails like the George Town Heritage Trail. And for those interested in anything car related, a visit to the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania is a must.
Adrenaline junkies have the opportunity to partake in numerous adventure sports. Hiking, skiing, cable hang gliding, cycling and mountain biking are just a few of the many activities that the Launceston Tamar Valley has to offer.
The closest airport to Launceston is Launceston Airport, which is a domestic airport located about 14 kilometres from the center of Launceston. For international flights, tourists will have to travel to the Melbourne Airport, which is approximately 462 kilometres away.
There are a couple restaurants known to serve Halal food in Launceston. Ali's Asian Café, King of Kebabs and Café on Franklin are a few Halal restaurants in Launceston. It is always best for Muslims to double check the availability of Halal food at any of the above mentioned restaurants, before dining. Muslim tourists must be aware that some restaurants that claim to be Halal also serve alcohol.
There are no prominent mosques in Launceston. There is however a prayer room in the Launceston UTAS campus. Since other prayer areas in Launceston are hard to find, Muslim tourists are advised to offer their prayers in the hotel room, when possible.