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Perth lies on the plains just outside of Launceston with views out to the Great Western Tiers mountain range.

It's the first major town out of Launceston on the route to Hobart and also serves as a major junction for people bypassing Launceston on their way to Hobart from the north-west of the state.

Perth has more than 40 historic buildings, many dating back to the early 1800s. You can pick up a National Trust brochure from the post office and take a self-guided walking tour past the notable Baptist and Methodist churches, some private homes and historic shop fronts.

Perth was settled in 1821 and named after Perth in Scotland. It was first explored in the early 1800s by Europeans and Governor Lachlan Macquarie chose Perth as a future township, resulting in important historic buildings being erected.

Perth is just over a 15-min drive (19 km) from central Launceston.

Local tips

  • Look out for the Leather Bottle Inn – the oldest building in the town, built in 1839 using hand-made nails in its construction
  • Sample the unique leatherwood honey at the Tasmanian Honey Company