Walk Launceston - it's a photographer’s dream
Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart, and is a quick direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. If you’re looking for a place to be at one with nature, Launceston is the place. Located in the picturesque Tamar Valley, Launceston offers many attractions for nature and animal lovers. Visit the Cataract Gorge Reserve, Tasmania Zoo, Platypus House and Seahorse World, and if you have a little time to spare, venture out of the city centre to the Hollybank Forest, Tamar Island Wetlands and Supply River Mill Reserve.
The best way to explore Launceston is on foot; whatever the weather conditions, it’s a photographer’s dream. It's also the ideal place for city folk who've long had dreams of slowing things down a bit and basking in the glory of majestic natural setting.
Things to do
Launceston is a proud supporter of the arts and there are many venues to suit all artistic bents. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery houses history and natural science collections, as well as fine and decorative arts, including an extensive colonial art section. If you’re into design and architecture, don’t miss Design Tasmania, which showcases works by local artists. The 1842 Gallery houses handcrafted furniture while Sawtooth ARI is a contemporary arts gallery.
The Harvest Market is on every Saturday and offers the very best food and fresh produce from the region. Located alongside the beautiful City Park, it’s also home to the highly entertaining Japanese macaque monkeys. There is a variety of cheeses, freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries, fruits and vegetables – pick up your picnic essentials here.
Get out of the city centre and explore Tamar Valley, a renowned wine producing area just north of Launceston. Apart from the obvious appeal – wines! – you can visit the lavender fields, pick fresh strawberries on a local farm, enjoy a river cruise and go fishing in the Tamar River.
Experience the magnificent Cataract Gorge – only 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Follow the boardwalk alongside the Tamar River from Seaport up to Kings Bridge; arrive at the basin and find the First Basin Café: casual dining with a world class view. You can ride the world's longest single span chairlift, and see local wildlife. Lose hours and entire days here.
See stunning early Victorian architecture in and around Launceston city by taking a self-guided tour; pick up a “heritage walking map” from the Launceston Travel and Information Centre. There are three walking trails to choose from (a 30-minute trail, a 70-minute trail and a 90-minute trail) and they all start at Civic Square near the Town Hall.
Travel time 15 minutes
Taxi Approx AUD $35
Bus Airporter shuttle AUD $18 one-wayBack to top
When to go
Launceston has a cool, mild climate with its four seasons very much distinct. Geographically situated in the Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania, it’s in hilly and mountainous terrain, so Launceston's weather can change markedly across a short period. Layered clothing is essential.
The warmest months are January and February with an average temperature ranging from 12.2°C to 24.4°C. The coldest month is July, with an average temperature range of 2.2°C to 12.5°C. Launceston rarely receives snowfall. Choose your preferred climate; it’s chilly in winter, pleasant in summer.Back to top
Hire a car for AUD $30/day and see beautiful Launceston your way. Local buses are run by Metro Tasmania (13 22 01), with most departing from St John Street between Paterson and York Streets. Buy a daily pass for just AUD $4.80, for use after 9am, Monday to Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. You can hire a bicycle: Backpackers Equipment Hire, tel: +61 (3) 6334 9779
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