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Love food, art, design and adventure? Then you’ll love Launceston. Surrounded by rolling hills and some of the world’s best cool-climate wine country, this historic river city located at the head of the Tamar Valley in north-east Tasmania has all you need for the perfect getaway.
In Northern Tasmania,North Esk and South Esk rivers meet to form the Tamar River, which quickly flows out to Bass Strait. Surrounding this junction is the city of Launceston, Tasmania’s second-biggest, and according to the Hobart-hating locals, its best.With a population of just over 100,000, Launceston is less a city than a big country town, and a stunning one at that. The wealth of water that flows in and around the town gives it a relaxed and tranquil air, while the natural beauty of Tasmania is never more than a stone’s throw away. A prime example is Cataract Gorge Reserve, a stunning nature park positioned right next to the CBD.Ready to book your Launceston adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with over 50 in Launceston alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your twentieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Launceston and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Launceston?
- The CBD: Running from Cataract Gorge in the west, along the banks of the Tamar, and to North Esk River in the east, the city centre makes up a large chunk of Launceston. Here you’ll find the bulk of hotel options, as well as the beautiful City Park.
- East Launceston: A perfectly quiet suburb to the southeast of the CBD, East Launceston gives visitors a taste of the day-to-day life of a Launceston local.
- Invermay: Almost entirely surrounded by waterways, Invermay boasts stunning river views and more than a few attractions, including the Queen Victoria Museum, the Launceston Tramway Museum and York Park (now University of Tasmania Stadium).
- Grindelwald: When Dutch immigrant Roelf Vos sold his namesake Tasmanian supermarket chain to Woolworths, he decided to do something a little different with his money. The result is Grindelwald, an enchanting Swiss-style village found 16 km northwest of the city centre.
What are Launceston’s must-see attractions?
- Cataract Gorge Reserve: A stunning nature reserve that carves its way right into the city centre, Cataract Gorge is Tasmanian nature at its finest. Take the chairlift to Alexandra Lookout, and keep your eyes peeled for peacocks.
- City Park: Established in the 1820s, this historic park features beautifully manicured gardens, a duck pond, and the famous Monkey Island, which houses a happy group of macaques.
- Queen Victoria Museum and Planetarium: Covering Tasmanian history, science and space, the Queen Victoria Museum packs a lot of information within its walls. The local exhibits are particularly good, offering a fascinating insight into the state’s past.
- National Automobile Museum of Tasmania: One for rev-heads and history buffs alike, this motor museum sits on the northern side of City Park, and features a constantly rotating roster of the world’s rarest, oldest and most expensive cars.
Find the right hotel
What are Launceston’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels also offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Mantra Charles Hotel, Star Bar Cafe & Hotel or Mercure Launceston if you’re a solo traveller in Launceston (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent with Qantas Hotels while you do it!).
What are Launceston’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Launceston could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Topiary Haven, Kurrajong House and Trevallyn House B&B.
What are Launceston’s best hotels for families?Heading to Launceston with your tribe? Apartments at York Mansions, Quest Launceston and Tamar House are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
Location and views
What are Launceston’s best hotels for location and views?Launceston is a gorgeous city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Peppers Seaport Hotel, Tamar River Villas and Country Club Tasmania - hotels that boast both an awesome location and stunning views.
What are Launceston’s best hotels for amenities?Are you after a hotel that you don’t really need to leave? Between parking, Wi-Fi, bars, pools, gyms and entertainment, The Sebel Launceston, Best Western Plus Launceston and Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston provide an amazing in-house experience.
What is the best way to get around Launceston?
Public transportThe Launceston public transport system is exclusively made up of buses run by MetroTas, the state’s largest public transport provider. You can either buy a ticket on board the bus, or use a prepaid Greencard. Use the trip planner on the MetroTas website to chart your path..
Private transportBesides car hire, rideshare apps are a great choice. Uber is available in Launceston, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
Why book with Qantas Hotels?
Earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent^, or use points to book**
No booking fees
Frequently Asked Questions
On average a 3-star hotel in Launceston costs $120 per night, a 4-star costs $160 and a 5-star costs $300 (be aware that these prices will be higher on weekends and at times of increased demand).
Northern Tasmania is a joy to drive through, and you’ll often stumble across natural wonders like Gunns Plains Caves and Bradys Lookout. This part of the world also loves its hedge mazes - check out Tasmazia and the Glengarry Bush Maze if you feel like losing yourself in the area.
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