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Launceston

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 in North East Tasmania.

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Places to stay

A place where country roads take you to vineyards, lavender fields, historic estates, and mountain biking towns, you’ll find an array of accommodation to meet your travel needs. Positioned in Launceston city centre is a great mix of large hotels such as the Sebel, Mantra or Hotel Grand Chancellor, ideal for business travellers. Those after historic architecture or a unique hotel vibe will love spending a weekend at the Leisure Inn Penny Royal.

Take a drive out of the town centre to World Heritage-listed Brickendon and Woolmers Estates at Longford, where you’ll find gorgeous bed and breakfasts amidst Tasmania’s stunning natural wilderness. Drive out to Derby - a small country town which has become a mountain biking mecca, offering self-contained cabins, cottages and lodges for the ultimate adrenaline holiday. After a tour to the world-class Tamar Valley wine region, relax in a boutique lodge by the fire place to savour the fine wines from your cellar door visit.

Peppers Silo Hotel - Exterior
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Things to do

With a thriving food and wine scene set amongst elegant Georgian streetscapes, it’s pretty easy to feast all day. Whether you dine on freshly smoked Huon salmon at the acclaimed Stillwater restaurant, pick up some local treats at the Harvest Markets or go on a bubbly binge at the House of Arras, this is the place for indulgence. And when you need to work it all off, head out for a hike at Cataract Gorge with its suspension bridge and breathtaking river views, or enjoy a little devil worship at Trowunna Wildlife Park, with its band of cranky Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, wombats and wallabies.

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. Whatever your interests, you’ll find so much to fill your days in and around Launceston.

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Transport

From the airport: Launceston airport services domestic flights and is located 15km from the city centre. The taxi rank and shuttle service are located outside the terminal building. 

In and around the city: the best way to get around central Launceston is by bicycle or on foot, with 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. 

Launceston car hire

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