About Launceston and Tasmania
A quick flight from Melbourne or Sydney and a short trip from Tasmania’s other main centres, Launceston Tamar Valley has all you need for a perfect short break or a major holiday. Launceston is an ideal base to discover the many natural and historic attractions of the Tamar Valley – without fuss or frenzy.
Founded in 1806, Launceston is the nation's third-oldest city with a fascinating history traced in its beautiful old buildings and streetscapes dating from early Colonial and convict times to Georgian and Victorian eras. These beautiful buildings are kept alive with business and social activity from fashion houses and restaurants to banking institutions and high-tech work environments.
Greater Launceston has a population of around 100,000. The city has the charm and pace of a regional centre and the facilities of a much larger city, but without the crowding, traffic, litter and crime (we're the safest region in the safest state in Australia). Temperatures fluctuate seasonally. Launceston Tamar Valley has the freshest air, the healthiest climate, and the wildest places are available right on the city's doorstep.
For general information on Tasmania visit Discover Tasmania
Festivale's premium partner, the Boags brewery is located just a few minutes walk from City Park. Book a brewery tour, taste one of Australia's finest beers and discover the history behind this world-class Tasmanian brewery
The Tamar Valley Wine Route
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
Wine Tasmania will help visitors navigate their way around Tasmania’s fabulous wine regions
Launceston's Community Farmers’ Market celebrates food and wine production in Tasmania and runs every Saturday morning from 8.30am-12.30pm in the Cimitiere Street car park. The market sells only food and beverages grown and produced in Tasmania and is run within Australian Farmers’ Market Association Guidelines (AFMA) guidelines.
The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
Located opposite City Park in Cimitiere Street, the National Automobile Museum collection of cars and motorcycles spans a hundred years of style and technical achievement
Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm
Play golf at Barnbougle Dunes Australia’s #1 Public Golf Course and World #7 Public Access Course or play golf at Barnbougle Lost Farm #2 Public Access Course by 2013 Gold Course Guide, #2 Public Course in Australia by Golf Australia, #6 Golf Course in Australia by Australian Golf Digest
Tasmanian Wood Design Collection – Design Tasmania
World class design and unique Tasmanian timbers feature in the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection. Design Tasmania is located on the corner of Launceston's historic city park at Tamar and Brisbane Streets.
National Trust Tasmania
Tasmania is the cradle of Australia's historic buildings; our isolation, small population and a strong community connection has meant our heritage has been preserved.Explore some of Australia's finest historic homes and learn how the early colonialists lived.
Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin
Cataract Gorge Reserve, or The Gorge as the locals call it, is a unique natural formation within a two-minute drive of central Launceston or a 15-20 minute walk from the city centre - a rare natural phenomenon in any city.
Freycinet Peninsula and National Park
Freycinet National Park is a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests on Tasmania's east coast. The park is famous for Wineglass Bay, considered one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, the start of the 65-kilometre (40-mile) Overland Track through the Central Highlands wilderness, is just three hours drive from Launceston and a great place to see rainforest and majestic mountains.
A two and a half hour drive to Hobart takes you to Australia’s most exciting and controversial new museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)