Love food, art, design and nature? Then you’ll love Launceston. Surrounded by rolling hills and ancient, fern-wreathed oak trees, this boutique river city located at the head of the pristine Tamar Valley has all you need for the perfect getaway.
This is where city paths lined with eye-catching architecture, boutique shopping and farmers’ markets lead to walking tracks and bridges across stunning natural formations.
A place where country roads take you to vineyards, lavender fields, historic estates, and moutain biking towns - and where tasting experiences are so memorable you’ll wish you could stay longer in the food bowl of North East Tasmania.
Scenic walks, mountain biking, quirky events and world-class food and wine. Whatever your interests you’ll find so much to fill your days close to Launceston. Make sure you add some of these to your list.
- Tour the Tamar Valley Wine Route, visit cellar-doors and sample the local produce.
- Visit Cataract Gorge in the heart of the city, take a ride on the chairlift and watch the resident peacocks and grazing wallabies at dusk.
- Take a drive to World Heritage-listed Brickendon and Woolmers Estates at Longford.
- Play a round of golf at some of Australia’s best courses – Barnbougle Dunes or Lost Farm.
- See the quirky Penny Farthing Championships every February at Evandale.
- Drive out to Derby, a small country town which has become a mountain biking mecca.
The close proximity of so many local wonders means you can enjoy a morning at Cataract Gorge followed by an afternoon tour of the Tamar Valley. Pick out produce at Harvest Market and play a round of golf at Barnbougle in the same day - or tour further, and explore the scenic north east of Tasmania.
In and around Launceston
The city of Launceston is bursting at the seams with collector’s shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafés.
Stretch your legs with a walk to Cataract Gorge, cross the suspension bridge and ride high above the magnificent scenery on the world’s longest single-span chairlift.
For dinner, try one of the many quayside restaurants in Seaport.
Lush pastures, cellar doors, vines and over 170 kilometres of winding roads make up the Tamar Valley and Wine Route.
Learn about winemaking at Josef Chromy Wines or take a tour of cellar doors featuring some of Tasmania’s award winning pinot noir and chardonnay at Holm Oak, Dalrymple, Goaty Hill and Wines for Joanie.
If bubbles are more your flavour, sip some of Australia’s finest sparkling in the Pipers Brook region at Jansz, Clover Hill, Pipers Brook Vineyard and Kreglinger Wine Estates - and then refuel with a tasting plate of local cheese, charcuterie and seafood at Moore’s Hill Vineyard restaurant.
For a family-friendly activity, roll up your sleeves and visit Hillwood Berry Farm, where you can pick berries in season and take home some local jam and fresh berries for your efforts.
North East Tasmania
Explore North East Tasmania and take your pick of adventure or true relaxation among charming towns, scenic river valleys, mountains and lush farmscapes.
Taste award-winning cheeses at Pyengana Dairy and witness the historic cheesemaking methods used for over 100 years. Stop at Bridestowe Lavender Estate for a breathtaking view of purple lavender fields in flowering season (December to early February), and choose from luxury lavender products to take home. Play a round of golf at Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm among the dunes in Bridport.
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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.
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In and around the city
The best way to get around central Launceston is by bicycle or on foot. There are plenty of cycling and walking tracks that cater for all fitness levels.
There’s also taxis or Metro, Launceston's major city and suburban public transport provider. For longer trips throughout the state, Tassielink Transit and Redline Coaches operate an extensive timetable to most major Tasmanian towns.
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