Launceston, TAS: Destination Guide


With its stunning architecture, natural beauty and burgeoning arts scene, Launceston is a must see for those wanting big city luxury with country town hospitality.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Launceston or find and book accommodation in Launceston today.

About Launceston

Launceston is located in the north of Tasmania and is the second largest city in the state after Hobart. The small town is one of the oldest cities in Australia and can be easily explored by foot. While there is more than enough to keep you enteratined in the city itself, take a step outside the town limits and you'll be greeted with an abundance of beautiful countryside, including National Parks and the fabulous Tamar Valley wine region.

Thing to do in Launceston

The city may be small, but you will never run out of things to do in Launceston. History is rich and palpable in the city streets, and a trip to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre will help you to uncover the long mining history of the area. Kids will love Seahorse World and Platypus House at Beauty Point, and City Park, a long time famiy favourite, offers beautifully-kept botanical gardens and rides on Lonnie the Loco, a ‘toy’ train providing a tour of the park. Fans of the amber brew must visit Boag’s Brewery, while bookworms should check out Birchalls in Launceston, Australia’s oldest book store.

Attractions in Launceston

Franklin House

Launceston is famous for the elegant heritage buildings that grace the city streets, with the Georgian style Franklin House being one of the most ornate. The house was built by former convict and successful businessman Britton Jones, and is built using imported Australan Red Cedar. Explore the house, stables and gardens, and take a step back in time. 

Woolmers Estate

Woolmers Estate is a world heritage listed convict site. A visit to this fascinating estate will introduce you to colonial life in Tasmania, and will offer you acurate insights into the shaping of the state. Whilst there be sure to peruse the nearby National Rose Garden one of the most splendid rose collections in the southern hemisphere.

Cataract Gorge

Just a 15 minute walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge offers walking and hiking trails, beautiful gardens, a suspension bridge, peacocks and wildlife, and so much more. Take the chairlift through Cataract Gorge and enjoy unparalleled views of the Launceston area.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Offering free admission, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is one of the largest regional galleries in the country with a vast array of items and artworks covering visual design, history, natural sciences and physical sciences.

Getting to Launceston

Located in Australia's island state of Tasmania, Launceston is located in the north east of the state, about 200km from Hobart.

By car

The drive to Launceston from Hobart, Tasmania capital, takes around two and a half hours via National Highway 1.

By air

Regular flights operate to Laucneston from all Australian states, with all flights running via either Melbourne or Sydney.

By boat

The Spirit of Tasmania is an increasingly popular option for vistors travelling from Melbourne. The cruise ship docks in Tasmania's north at Devonport, from which Launceston is about a one hour drive south via National Highway 1.

When to visit Launceston

Launceston offers visitors a mild and cool climate throughout the year. The most popular time to visit Launceston is between May and October as most of the festivals are held during this period. This period is also characterised with low humidity making it a great time of the year to undertake outdoor activities such as hiking.

Where to stay in Launceston

There's no shortage of accommodation options in Launceston, with a number of cabins and caravan parks nearby. For more accommodation options in and around Launceston, click here.

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