Top things to do in Launceston, Tasmania
Get to know Tasmania’s second city through its top food, wine, art and design.
- April 2018
- Updated September 2021
At the southern end of the beautiful Tamar Valley, Launceston is ideal for a getaway. Whether you want to kick back on a river cruise or be captivated by cutting-edge local art, there are plenty of ways to treat yourself while you’re here.
Take a Tamar Valley tour
Take in breathtaking views of Launceston’s Cataract Gorge and the surrounding Tamar Valley on a relaxing river cruise, complete with tastings of beer and wine from the region. If you have more time, why not go deeper into the scenic Tamar Valley with a guided tour of some of its best vineyards.
Find unique gifts at Design Tasmania
Part exhibition space, part museum, part shop – Design Tasmania is all about appreciating and promoting Tasmania design and craft. A highlight here is the wood collection, featuring dozens of contemporary pieces made from native Tasmanian timbers. The store is a great place to browse and find a unique memento of your Tassie travels.
Browse contemporary art at Gallery Pejean
Drop in to see the latest thought-provoking exhibitions at Gallery Pejean, which showcases contemporary visual art and sculpture by Australian – and especially Tasmanian – artists. Fancy taking a piece home? The gallery makes it easier for everyone by participating in the Collect Art Purchase Scheme.
Dine out at Geronimo
Sip an aperitivo at the Carrara marble bar or linger over dinner – think shared plates of grilled tiger prawns, smoked lamb shoulder, or perhaps a slow-cooked ratatouille. European-inspired dishes made with local, seasonal produce, and a clever wine list combine to make Geronimo a tempting treat in Launceston.
Sleep in style at Peppers Silo Hotel
Have you ever dreamed of sleeping inside a former grain silo? At Peppers Silo Hotel, four 35-metre silos have been converted to house chic designer digs – the curved concrete walls in some rooms giving away the industrial origins. There are peaceful River Tamar views, and a restaurant and day spa on site.