One of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations, thousands of visitos flock to Launceston each year to experience all it has to offer. It’s a region difficult to beat when it comes to its blend of world-class food and wine, charming countryside, beautiful buildings, remarkable history and unspoilt nature.
Launceston’s history is second to none, home to beautifully preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its well-designed Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. You’ll also find plenty of culture including the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is the largest regional gallery in Australia.
Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston's star natural attraction. Peppers Silo Hotel provides striking vistas across this beautiful natural attraction, the next best thing to experiencing it in person.
Venture into the Tamar Valley wine region, comprised of rolling hills, farmland, lavender fields, vineyards and orchards. You’ll discover quaint historic villages dotted around every corner. To truly experience this celebrated area, why not join a wine tasting tour and sample some of the regions finest vino and local produce, while taking in panoramic views across sprawling vineyards.
Immerse yourself in nature with a trip to the Tamar Island Wetlands, home to countless birds and other diverse wildlife, where you can walk along the boardwalk beside the water’s edge. Another fantastic place to visit should you wish to experience flora and fauna is the nearby Narawntapu National Park, where you can observe some of Australia's most interesting animals.
Things to do
Events not to miss
- Harvest Market - Weekly – Saturday mornings
- MONA FOMA - Annual – January
- Festivale - Annual – First weekend in February?
- Launceston Cup - Annual – Last Wednesday
- Tasmania Supersprint - Annual – March/April
- Ten Days on the Island - Bi-annual – March/April
- Agfest - Annual – First weekend in May
- AFL Hawthorn Football Club Home Games - Various dates (during football season)