Tasmanias second largest city is nestled in the Tamar River Valley where the North Esk, South Esk and Tamar Rivers meet. Launcestons ambience is provincial; old buildings, parks, gardens, riverside walks, craft galleries and hilly streets lined with weatherboard houses.

Penny Royal World is a working replica of a 19th century gunpowder mill. Historic windmills, corn mills and gunpowder mills were moved from their original location stone by stone. Visitors can board barges that go underground to observe the production process. Each mill is linked with museums, restaurants and accommodation via a restored tram.

Ben Lomond National Park is 50 kilometres, 30 miles, southeast of Launceston. The steep rock buttresses of Ben Lomond, Tasmanias highest mountain, frown over the rich farmlands of the Fingal Valley.

The two main ski fields here offer downhill and cross country skiing with an alpine village, ski-tows, ski hire and tavern.

The national park that surrounds Ben Lomond covers an alpine plateau of barren and dramatic scenery with views stretching over the northeast of Tasmania. Vegetation in the park includes alpine daisies and carnivorous sundew plants. Wallabies, wombats and possums inhabit the park.

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