Located in Tasmania, the island just off the south east coast of Australia, Launceston has long been vaunted as one of Australia’s most beautiful spots. Here are 7 mind blowing facts about Launceston.
1. Launceston still has its Victorian buildings
Launceston is famous for still having its prominent Victorian architecture which adds greatly to the beauty of the town and gives Launceston a special kind of character that isn’t seen in other parts of Australia. Indeed, there are many that believe that Launceston should be the capital of Tasmania rather than Hobart due to its wonderful architecture and historical buildings. Some examples of the fantastic late nineteenth/early twentieth century designs are Holyman House and Lucks Corner in the Central Business District, the former Launceston General Hospital and the former Star Theatre.
2. Launceston was the first to get sewers in Australia
Although it was the third city in the world to be served by underground sewers, Launceston can lay claim to being the first city in Australia to have them installed. The other two cities were Paris and London. Launceston is indeed a city of firsts in Australia, whether this was the mainland government’s way of using Tasmania and Launceston as proverbial Guinea Pigs for testing out new fangled and crazy ideas, we may never know. Launceston’s sewer system was finished in 1860, and has been in use ever since.
3. Launceston is a pioneer of the early Australian Railways.
The first railway on Tasmania was opened between Launceston and the town of Deloraine. As said before, the remarkable fact that Launceston was the site of a great number of firsts puts this town in the upper echelons of the history books. The first crossing of the bass strait was made from Launceston, that’s something to think about when leaving Launceston flying to Sydney.