by Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 24 September 2013

Stepping off the plane into a slight refreshing breeze at Launceston airport – a small single-building affair – I collected my bags and stopped for a coffee. I was immediately struck by small details: the selection of snacks at the Hudsons Coffee stand was sufficient to rival most coffee houses in Sydney, which was a pleasant surprise.

And when sat down, I noticed above me, a fashionable ultra-modern light-fixture which would be equally at home in a designer showroom in Melbourne. Again, a really nice touch.

Having picked up my hire car and driven the 15 minutes or so into Launceston city centre, I stopped to check out the Harvest Market, where 40 or so local farmers, winemakers and produce-growers sell their wares. Held in the Cimitiere St car park in Launceston, the market is held every Saturday morning from 8:30am to 12:30pm and sells only food and beverages grown and produced in Tasmania.

Mightily impressive.