Launceston, located 201 kilometers north of Hobart is an important commercial centre for the northern half of Tasmania. Having being established in 1804, it is Australia’s third oldest city, and the second largest city in the state, with a population roughly half that of Hobart. Launceston is surrounded by beautiful and fertile agricultural country, with the city the gateway to the magnificent Tamar Valley wine region. The city itself is nestled on the banks of the North Esk and South Esk rivers. Launceston is a picturesque city of manicured parks and gardens filled with statuary and fountains. Pretty wooden houses abound in the city giving it an air of enchantment. Although Launceston could be described as being quaint, it is also a modern, bustling city. The city’s central business district is home to modern shops, interesting malls and restaurants, many of which are integrated into the numerous ornate Victorian and Edwardian edifices of the city. With the establishment of a campus of the University of Tasmania in Launceston, the city has become an educational hub for the northern half of the state. With a large student population, Launceston has a nightlife not expected for a city of its size. The city has many pubs, clubs and even its own casino and international airport. Recent developments have transformed the old seaport into a bustling lifestyle precinct with trendy restaurants, hotels and apartments. York Park in Launceston is home to AFL football in Tasmania.