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Tasmania's north-east is known for its fertile land and quality timber. Crops such as poppies and hops grow here, and grazing land for sheep is plentiful. A former mining area, relics of that era can still be found in north-eastern towns. Launceston is the largest city in the region.

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Mining heritage on display in the north-east includes relics of the old gold mine at Beaconsfield, and the Derby tin mine. Beaconsfield and Beauty Point serve as good starting points for exploring the natural attractions of the Tamar Valley, which include beautiful waterfalls, scenic views, and safe swimming beaches.

Launceston, Tasmania's second-largest city, is located on the Tamar River and is known for its attractive parks and gardens. The region's largest town, Scottsdale boasts the southern hemisphere's largest lavender farm.

Tasmania's best skifields are located in the north-east at Ben Lomond, and there are several noteworthy historic towns in the area as well.


One of the largest industries in Tasmania is the aluminium smelter at Bell Bay, close to George Town. But by and large, the north-east relies upon farming and the timber industry for its economic prosperity. In some areas, notably resort towns like Bridport, income from tourism represents a large fraction of earnings. Aboriginal communities pursue traditional activities, such as muttonbirding on Flinders Island, in the north-east.


Flights to and from mainland Australia depart from Launceston airport near Evandale, and in summer a seasonal catamaran (fast ferry) operates between George Town and Victoria. Tasmania's highways approach Launceston from all four compass points. Public transport is readily available in the Launceston metropolitan area.

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