If you are an expatriate newly-arrived, or recently relocated, in Launceston, you’ll find much to admire. You’ll receive a typical, friendly, straight-forward Australian welcome – don’t be afraid to call the place “Lonnie” like the locals do! Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city, although some people might feel it’s the capital of North Tasmania (and would likely approve of you saying so). It’s situated where the Esk Rivers flow into the Tamar, and the city’s flag represents this confluence. It’s been settled for more than two hundred years now, and the flag also reflects the fact that it used to be an important tin smelting center. Launceston is the focal point of the north of the island. As with most of Australia, for much of the year, outdoors is the place to be. Expats living in Launceston will find that cricket and Aussie soccer (try to take in a match at York Park) are the most popular sports, and basketball and hockey are also often played. Join InterNations today to have the chance to socialize and network with other expat members, and get to know both locals and fellow expatriates who are always happy to help you find out the inside track.
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The climate in northern Tasmania offers four distinctive seasons (rather than simply hot or very hot as is the case for many parts of the Australian mainland). And due to the surrounding hills and mountains, the weather in Launceston can often be quite changeable! If you have only recently moved to Launceston, it’s good to know that InterNations provides many ways for new members to gain vital local information and insight. Our Expat Magazine offers a wealth of valuable information on expatriation related topics such as international insurance, finance, visas, and other moving abroad issues, amongst many others. You’ll also find that many of the articles are actually provided by our members, happy to share both key experiences and useful tips about life as an expat. And there are also over a thousand discussion groups as well as a host of information-rich forums.
If you are hoping to start working in Launceston or the surrounding area, it’s worth knowing that it is home to the University of Tasmania, the Australian Maritime College and the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research. Historically an apple-growing region, it has recently moved towards viniculture, with dozens of wineries located on both sides of the river. With the area around the city largely rural and agricultural, expats living in Launceston might find opportunities amongst the service industries supporting these areas. Like the rest of Australia, tourism is a major (and growing) sector – in hotel and catering, but also in specific tourist destinations like the Cataract Gorge, the local zoo, the Country Club Tasmania, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, or even the National Motor Museum (home to some of the country’s most significant car and bike collections). It’s always useful that InterNations members have the facility to quickly get in touch and network key information in such key areas as employment, housing, storage facilities, and the like.