8.7 out of 10

Launceston

Ranked 11th best suburb in Northern
-41.4305290460072 147.143050510317
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1/5 rating details
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
Sep 21, 2016

"Drab town, parking garbage"

I don't know why people (locals) boast about Launceston. The city itself is drab with old 'heritage' listed dumps of buildings or others painted grey to camouflage in the background where it's mostly foggy and drab weather. Try to get a park anywhere in the city. Pay top dollar and still walk for miles. Plenty of vacant shops in Launceston where interstate people have tried to introduce something new to this backward town, failed, packed up and gone home. Try to get a new business through Launceston city council and they will block it (Big W is a prime example). Devonport has more going for it.

Ugly and drab is a fair description of Launceston.
Pros
  • Affordability
Cons
  • Can be cold in the peak of winter - you need to make sure you have adequate heating
emmam6
emmam6 Thanks mate, I live in Launceston. Some big city twit like you isn't going to tread on my town. Launceston is made to be quiet. We actually like to relax and not just keep going all the time. You can shut up and leave us be.
Sep 21, 2016
HappyT
HappyT I live in Launceston too. I am entitled to my opinion, just as you are. This is my view on it. I have lived all around Australia too and i'm not some 'big city twit' - no need for personal name calling.
Sep 21, 2016
MitchHardman
MitchHardman I still can't believe that Launceston doesn't have a Big W and from what I have heard it never will due to certain members of council who continuely block any form of positive development, I still enjoy going to Tassie in order to see family but if I was to move back Launceston wouldn't be on the list of potential locations to reside, on a positive note though I do like the lack of traffic that Launceston has along with a 5 minute peak each morning and afternoon, although you never get stuck in traffic.

Do people still drive to Hobart just to go shopping or to Big W and Rebel Sport inparticular? That is my biggest gripe about the place, no real shopping options.
Feb 23, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 24, 2016

"Great place to live and visit"

Launceston has been my home for 21 years and the more I travel and see other places, the more I am thankful for having such a wonderful place to live in. There are plenty of jobs around - although not many of the high paying corporate jobs you find in the Capital Cities. Schools are great with a good selection of public and private. Like everywhere, there are some suburbs that are better than others, however living in the better ones isn't that expensive. If you don't mind a 15 minute drive to work, there are plenty of places where you can own a few acres of land close by.

Excellent services, shopping, amenities, natural beauty to explore and events going on in the region. Easy access to other parts of Tasmania and a short flight to the Mainland. It really is one of the best family friendly and enjoyable cities in the world.

From an investment perspective in realestate - it is great. property prices are relatively low and rental return is quite high.
Pros
  • Great sense of community
  • Amazing food and wine experiences
  • Affordable real estate
  • Central to all Tassie has on offer
  • Affordability
  • Inexpensive Living Costs
  • Low Crime
Cons
  • Can be cold in the peak of winter - you need to make sure you have adequate heating
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  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
Brenden Laidlaw
Brenden Laidlaw Thankyou. My wife and I are considering a move from Queensland and flying down next week to get a feel for both Hobart and Launceston. I appreciate the review. Cheers, Brenden
Jun 28, 2016
emmam6
emmam6 Launceston is an amazing place, go for the move.
Sep 21, 2016
davem8
davem8 My wife and I were in tassie last september for her birthday, loved it. considering relocating but need to have work. Wife is a legal secretary, and I am a truck driver. Anyone who has or knows of available jobs would be nice to hear from you. Wife prefers Launie, for its quietness and old town charm. I don't mind it. Looking for average to build on.
Jul 27, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Launceston has it all!"

I've lived in Launceston all my life and I am never leaving! Launceston isn't a huge city but it has everything you will need. With heaps to see and the Cataract Gorge being the most popular especially in summer you wont get bored here. So many shopping options, heaps of parks and recreational activities, and other big attractions not far away at all. Launceston is safe and quiet and you wont go wrong living here!
Pros
  • Central to all Tassie has on offer
  • Affordability
  • Affordable real estate
  • Inexpensive Living Costs
  • Low Crime
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
FredMease
FredMease Hi my name is Fred Mease , I live your review of info ! It looks and sounds beautiful there . I would love more info about regarding living there and working also, I've been in the transportation business for along time , perhaps they could use a good man there. I live in the states ! I'm looking for a more pieceful place to live , a better quality of life would be nice. Oh and I'm a single guy , never had children.please contact me... Facebook ..Fred Mease , I've got the big black cat in the back ground ! An old dear family member that passed in 2010. Hope to hear from you. Thank you
Jun 14, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Launceston"

Settled by Europeans in 1806, bringing us today's Launceston which is made up of 24 suburbs and a population of just over 106000 people. Being the ninth largest non capital city in Australia, Launceston has a lot to offer for anyone looking to settle in Tas. Looking for things to do in Launceston, http://www.think-tasmania.com/things-to-do-in-launceston/ .
I have lived in Launceston for nearly 20 years and found it to be a great central point for access to everything that Tassie has on offer, being just over 2 hours to the east coast beaches, 2 to 2.5 hours to Hobart(capital) and approximately 3 hours to the far rugged west coast of Tas - with many things to do along the way! Such as stop at ashgrove cheese, chocolate factory, raspberry farm, water falls, fish farms, many parks along the way for kids to play, local zoo, go karting, , great four wheel drive tracks, fishing is great along the coast and the list goes on...... Well worth a visit if you have never been and well worth a second visit if you have....
Pros
  • Central to all Tassie has on offer
  • Affordable real estate
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"South Launceston - A great place to live!"

Approx 4,300 people live in South launceston, an area of approximately 3km.
There are two schools in South launceston and the Launceston General hospital is situate in Charles Street. Close proximity to the City and affordable housing prices, make South a very sought after location with first home buyers and Investors.
In recent years the suburb has undergone much home renovation and hence great increases in sale prices. Wellington St. runs from the City to Hobart Rd. in Kings Meadows offering a variety of business houses and shops along the way.

Some areas of South offer stunning views over the City and Tamar. Some of these Streets are, Merivale, View St. Rose Lane, Powena and Meridith. Melbourne St. offers a Gym and an RSL Club at the Southern end. Recreational Parks are found in Mulgrave St. Howick St. Rose Lane and the Brick fields. Houses are a mix of character homes and cottages with plenty of 1920s Californian bungalows and more recent units.

A new subdivision in South (Karla Place) now offers modern architect designed homes equal in value to areas such as Richings Estate in Young Town. A real mix of home ownership in South Launceston, with many professional people now choosing to live in this inner City suburb.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live"

A wonderful place, has everything you could want or need in an idyllic island paradise environment
Highly recommended
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Launceston: A great place to Live or Invest!"

We believe now is a fantastic time to buy Real Estate In Launceston: Below is our 2010 Market Outlook!

The outlook for Tasmania remains positive. It has had small growth over the past few years. It continues to be viewed as a safe and clean green environment in which to live. Property prices are affordable and more opportunities are being created for employment. Sales should decrease as Generation X’ers continue to trade up.

In 2010 Tasmania faces an early State election which could see a change in government, or worse, the election of a minority government, creating an uncertain environment. Further development of the Launceston General Hospital will see an increase in jobs during development and on completion.

Gunns’ Pulp Mill still remains uncertain but has the potential to have a major impact if it proceeds.

Hot Spots
Hot spots in the region include inner city areas which have seen the strongest growth and it is anticipated the suburbs of Invermay, West Launceston, South Launceston and Newstead are likely to benefit from further growth. Rents in Central Launceston, East Launceston and suburbs surrounding the Hospital, University and Maritime College will experience the greatest pressure for rent increases.

Launceston region and surrounds
A major movement for 2010 will be an expected additional 1-5 per cent increase in investor activity, on the back of an already more 10-20 per cent increase for the second half of 2009. This increased activity is driven mainly by the uncertainty of further interest rate rises which may cause investors to proceed with some caution. Tasmania however has a low entry into investment property and is showing solid returns which will attract wary investors and super funds. Investors are expected to replace first home buyers with the removal of the First Home Owners’ Grant Boost. The last few months has already seen a decrease in first home buyer activity but it has also shown they will continue and with increase in prices the Boost has become less relevant. Investors have replaced the first home buyer but not with the same frenzy which took place in the first half of 2009.

Overall it is not expected there will be significant change to the market. Obtaining the stock in the lower end will maintain pressure on prices. Interest rates are expected to continue to increase for the first half of 2010, possibly with two more due, which may make buyers even more cautious. However, many buyers now looking are prepared for these increases. If the economy strengthens, the confidence should counter any increases. The environment continues to impact on the property market with 1-5 per cent of Launceston house hunters looking for energy efficient features, the most popular being approved garden watering systems and solar hot water.

The proposed introduction of energy efficiency regulation of new dwellings would introduce a six star-rating system aimed at reducing Greenhouse gas emissions. Overall, we believe this is a good thing and a chance for the property industry to have an even more positive effect on the environment. However, it should be cautioned, the government should only regulate new homes as older homes would be unfairly discriminated against and their values decreased.

In addition, the government’s proposed emissions trading scheme is seen as a good place to start but the real difference will be made by individuals not by companies.
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Alishalopej
Alishalopej It is nice article about launceston. Launceston subjugated by the Tamar River and near the northern region as a major highway along the Tamar, zoom all the way through a barn full of landscapes, is an interesting scene, a way of nuzzling large Victorian houses on the hills and river. Attractions in Launceston is real natural possessions. It is situated at the confluence of the thin and south esk river and as well as north esk river, through Cataract Gorge, here in the south esk is engraved with a series of attacks across the rock to reach the Tamar River, just some fifteen minutes walk from downtown.
http://www.travelaustralia360.com/glimpse-of-launceston-its-attractions.html
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great as a tourist destination, for families and just to live here. Absolutely love the place."

My family loves this city. 10/10 for LAUNCESTON

Has everything and always an enjoyable stay.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A suburb that is growing in reputation"

South Launceston is a good suburb with the potential to evolve into one of Launcestons top suburbs. Its locality between East Launceston and West Launceston means that it has good neighbouring suburbs, while it is in close proximity to the city. The better areas of South launceston appear to be towards the city end, however this 'better' area is slowly extending back into the rest of the suburb. New developments including the development of the hospital complex will add further value to the area, and a few bargin properties can still be found, although rumours are circulating that parts of the area will soon be heritage listed, meaning potential future difficulties with property developments/expansions. Typical classic Launceston architecture is prevelant with an abundance of victorian residence. Definately a suburb on the rise.
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Best Streets in Launceston

1

King Street

4.5/5
"What a Cutie"
-41.44404 147.14055
2

Weymouth Street

4.5/5
-41.43304 147.14572
3

St John Sq

4/5
"St John Street is Awesome!"
-41.442722 147.142178
"Stunning Views from George Street"
-41.43369 147.13842
5

Charles Street

3.5/5
"The Street that has it all!"
-41.43662 147.13598
6

Canning Street

3.5/5
"Canning Street - A great mix of styles."
-41.4402193549 147.1452651388
7

Margaret Street

3.5/5
"Haven forLearner Drivers"
-41.4398778455 147.1316867228
"French Street has the WOW Factor"
-41.44541 147.14585
"Howick Street - Walking distance to the Charles Street Cafes"
-41.44874 147.14154
"Wellington Street - A mix of everything."
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