Jam-packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and plenty of Tasmania’s stunning wilderness.
Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food, wine, culture and nature.
Head north along the Tamar River Valley, through Tasmania's premium wine-growing region and experience zip lining through the treetops, visit grand historic estates and taste your way through farmer’s markets, cooking schools, vineyards and more.
Launceston is just an hour’s flight from Melbourne, two hours from Sydney and three hours from Brisbane!
There are so many things to see and do so we've made a list to help you get your own list started.
- Build your own trail on the North West coast, to suit your tastes whether they be sweet treats, fresh produce or craft beverages on the Cradle to Coast Tasting TrailOpens external site in a new window
- Treat your tastebuds at the Great Chef SeriesOpens external site in a new window events and follow the Northern Tasmania Food DiariesOpens external site in a new window trails
- Visit Cataract GorgeOpens external site in a new window and take the chairlift - or just relax - and watch the resident peacocks
- Meet the farmers and producers at the Harvest MarketOpens external site in a new window on Saturdays
- Take a guided canoe tourOpens external site on Launceston's Tamar River
With short travel time between destinations you can enjoy a morning at Cataract Gorge and tour the Tamar Valley on the same day, or visit the Harvest Market and play a round of golf at Barnbougle on the very same afternoon.
Launceston is a city bursting at the seams with collector’s shops, restaurants and cool cafés.
The Old Umbrella ShopOpens external site in a new window, ReliquaireOpens external site in a new window and Nanna’s - a café with a definite 1950 theme - will have you dipping your toes in and out of reality and a Boag's Brewery Amber ticketOpens external site in a new window will provide the ultimate post shopping beer lovers tasting experience.
A 15 minute walk from central Launceston brings you to Cataract Gorge. Explore the walking tracks and say hello to the native wildlife or take in the view of the gorge from the chairlift. You can even have a well-earned coffee and something to eat at the Basin CafeOpens external site in a new window. And should you wish to take a dip, there's a swimming pool to take advantage of.
Back in town, browse the collection of contemporary wood artworks on display at Design Centre of TasmaniaOpens external site in a new window. Finish the day with dinner at the awarded Stillwater RestaurantOpens external site in a new window - an elegantly restored 1830's flour mill.
Over 170 kilometres of winding roads make up the Tamar Valley Wine Route.Opens external site
But it’s not just enviable cool-climate wine territory and cellar doors that you’ll come across. You’ll find hazelnuts, lush orchards, pastures and the world-class favourite sparkling wine of Jansz TasmaniaOpens external site.
Refuel with a delicious tasting plate of local cheese, charcuterie and seafood at Moore’s Hill VineyardOpens external site. There’s also craft beer, cider, coffee and whisky all served in an uber comfy and arty setting.
Journey into Tasmania’s past along the Heritage Highway, tracing much of the original route between Launceston and Hobart built by convict road gangs in the early 1800s.
Visit UNESCO World Heritage convict sitesOpens external site in a new window, the stately WoolmersOpens external site in a new window and Brickendon EstatesOpens external site in a new window near Longford, and immerse yourself in strikingly beautiful landscapes and hear tales of early settlers and pioneering spirit. Be transported to a different era as you explore Georgian villages dotted along the highway and soak up the old world charm.
North East Tasmania is a place of paddocks, lush farms, river valleys and charming towns.
If you’re looking for fun on two wheels, HollybankOpens external site and Blue DerbyOpens external site are the latest additions to an exciting new range of parks and trails on offer. Ride through Tasmania’s world renowned forests on breathtaking descent trails or cruise along the custom built trails.
Or follow the Trail of the Tin DragonOpens external site – a story of tin mining, of boom and bust, flood and drought, riches and poverty, hope and despair.
Finally, make sure you visit Pyengana Dairy CompanyOpens external site and taste award-winning cheeses that have been made using traditional methods for more than 100 years.
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Launceston has an oceanic, temperate climate. From December to January you'll love the long summer days where you'll enjoy up to 14 hours of sunlight and temperatures ranging from 11°C to 23°C. In winter (June to August) the temperatures drop with days averaging from 3°C to 13°C.
From the airport
Launceston airport services domestic flights and is located 15 kilometres from the city centre. The taxi rank and shuttle serviceOpens external site in a new window are located outside the terminal building. The shuttle service can transfer you to and from the city centre, picking up and dropping off at local hotels.
In and around the city
The best way to get around central Launceston is by cycle or by foot. There are plenty of cycling and walking tracks that cater for all fitness levels.
If walking or cycling isn't your thing then there's taxis, or MetroOpens external site in a new window, Launceston's major city and suburban public transport provider. For longer trips throughout the state, Tassielink Regional CoachesOpens external site in a new window and Redline CoachesOpens external site in a new window operate an extensive timetable to most major Tasmanian towns.
Launceston car hire
Hiring a car is a great option if you want to explore greater Launceston and the surrounding areas at your own pace and schedule.
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