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Things to do in Launceston

Launceston Tasmania is a thriving city and is a natural base to explore Launceston and the surrounding region. Everything you need to have an amazing Tasmanian experience is on Launceston’s doorstep. In fact, the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous historical towns, excellent food, fantastic Tasmanian wineries and beautiful scenic highlights.

When you are looking at what to do in Launceston, the city offers, parks including the famous Cataract Gorge, museums, walks, great restaurants, cafes and coffee shops,

Thinking of things to do in Launceston?  See our local tips below.


Accommodation in Launceston

Launceston Tasmania is centrally located for your Tasmanian adventure. Only 90 minutes from Cradle Mountain, two hours from Coles Bay and the renowned Wineglass Bay on Tasmanian East Coast and two hours from Hobart.

Accommodation in Launceston ranges from the cute and quaint, cheap and cheerful, through to boutique and luxurious.

About Launceston

Launceston is Tasmania’s second major city and is a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. Founded in 1806, Launceston is the nation's third-oldest city with a fascinating history and has one of the best preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its beautiful and elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century old parks.

A boutique city, Launceston is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley and boasts magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge Reserve. 

The city has the charm and pace of a regional centre and the facilities of a much larger city, but without the crowding or traffic.  Launceston has the freshest air, the healthiest climate, and the wildest places are available right on the city's doorstep.

Everything you need to have an amazing Tasmanian experience is on Launceston’s doorstep. In fact the whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous historical towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights.

 

Looking for things to do in Launceston?  Here are our local tips.

Cataract Gorge Launceston

Cataract Gorge Launceston, or the Gorge as locals call it, is a unique natural formation and an easy 15 minute walk from the city along the banks of the Tamar River or within a five minute drive from central Launceston. On the southern side the first basin has a cafe and a swimming pool which is surrounded by bush land. On the northern shady side are what is known as the cliff grounds with a restaurant, kiosk and Victorian garden with ferns and exotic plants. The beautiful Kings Bridge over the Cataract Gorge Launceston was floated in to place in 1867. The Gorge has walking tracks, the world’s longest single span chairlift, a suspension bridge and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. No trip to Launceston is complete without going to the Launceston Cataract Gorge.

City Park

Located in the heart of the city and close to the CBD, is the beautiful City Park, featuring magnificent mature shrubs and trees, many of English origin. Features of the park also include displays of annual flowers, a Japanese Macaque Monkey enclosure, the John Hart Conservatory, a duck pond, a ‘senses’ garden, monuments, the historic Albert Hall, a cafe, BBQ area, the City Park train, a children’s playground and toilets. Rated as one of Australia’s top ten parks by Trip Advisor, City Park originally called the People’s Park was developed by the Launceston Horticultural Society and in 1863 was handed over to Launceston City Council.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Australia's largest regional museum  Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Launceston if you are interested in Tasmanian history, heritage and natural sciences. Located on two key sites, the museum at Inveresk and the magnificent art gallery at Royal Park are proudly operated by Launceston City Council.  The permanent exhibition at the Royal Park art gallery, “The First Tasmanians: Our Story”  presents and explores the history and culture of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

James Boag

Founded in 1881 Boags Brewery remains the longest single operating brewery in Australia. James Boag understood that there’s nothing on earth quite like Tasmania’s natural purity and today the James Boag Brewery still insists on using crisp Tasmanian water and only the finest hops and barley to produce a range of exceptional Tasmanian beer. Located only a few minutes’ walk from Launceston’s CBD, step inside this historic brewery for a fully guided tour and a chance to taste some exceptional beers.

Harvest Launceston

Winner of the outstanding farmers market at the 2017 Delicious Produce Awards, Harvest Launceston  Community Farmers’ Market brings the farmgate to you every Saturday from 8.30am-12.30pm at 71 Cimitiere Street (in the car park opposite the Albert Hall). Meet the farmers, connect with locals and feast your eyes on baskets brimming with Tasmania’s freshest seasonal produce. Savour a locally roasted coffee and taste your way around our foodie State at this vibrant weekly event. 

Design Tasmania

Australia’s only collection of contemporary wood design, Design Tasmania proudly celebrates the history and heritage of Tasmanian designers. In 1976, founder Gary Cleveland presented a vision: “to establish in the minds of a large proportion of the world’s population that the word ‘Tasmania’ is synonymous with good design and reliable craftsmanship.” Forty years on, Design Tasmania remains committed to that vision by supporting, promoting and guiding designers and master artisans on a local, national and international platform. Located in the eastern corner of Launceston’s City Park, the centre houses a permanent Design Collection and is home to a retail outlet featuring Tasmanian designed and handmade gifts.

The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania plays an important role in preserving cars and motorcycles that have been part of automotive history, the development of this country and to social history. Located opposite Launceston City Park in Cimitiere Street the museum comes alive with four sensational theme displays each year as well as constantly changing exhibits in the main hall and a mezzanine floor packed with motorcycles.

The Tamar Valley Wine Route

Tasmanian is the oldest wine producing region in Australia. The valley is even the source of cuttings for the first vineyards to be planted in Victoria and South Australia. As early as the mid1800’s commercial vineyards operated in Windemere on the Tamar’s lower eastern shore. Today the valley produces around 40 per cent of Tasmania’s premium quality wines. Named by Essential Travel Magazine as one of the Top 10 wine routes in the world, the Tamar Valley Wine Route is an authentic journey through some of Australia’s most beautiful vineyards and right on Launceston's doorstep.

Penny Royal Launceston

The original  Penny Royal Launceston opened in December 1979 and featured interesting attractions such as a short boat ride, cannons, an interpretive barge ride,  and radio controlled boats.  The new Penny Royal Launceston complex was reopened in April 2016 and is now a modern welcoming family-friendly complex Penny Royal Launceston features a café and restaurant, ice-creamery, gourmet convict pizza, a wine bar and brewery. Experience the thrill of the cliff walks or challenge yourself on the indoor and outdoor rock climbing walls. Families will enjoy the gold panning, gemstone fossicking, barefoot sensation, remote controlled boats and the Dark Ride adventures.

For more information about Launceston visit Destination Launceston

To explore the region, check out our travel itineraries page.

 

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