Top things to do in Launceston, Tasmania

Get to know Tasmania’s second city through its top food, wine, art and design.

Boats moored at Launceston seaport at twilight.
  • Jetstar
  • April 2018
  • Updated December 2023

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.

The steep banks and river at Launceston’s Cataract Gorge, with a building on the right bank. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Nat Mendham
Take a river cruise for the best views of Cataract Gorge. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Nat Mendham

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.

Exterior view of two people browsing inside Design Tasmania, Launceston. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Chris Crerar
Browse the best in local design and craft at Design Tasmania. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Chris Crerar

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.

Get your gourmet on at Harvest Market

Sample Launceston's famous fresh produce (and meet the folks who produce it) at Harvest Market, held every Saturday morning. A Launnie institution, this farmer's market is bursting with all the good stuff: the freshest seasonal fruit and veg, scrumptious pastries and bread, cheese, seafood, boutique booze and more. Your tastebuds will thank you!

Stallholder chats with customers from her bakery caravan at Harvest Market, Launceston, Tasmania. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett
You’ll soon understand why Launceston’s Harvest Market has won so many awards. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett

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.

Exterior view of Peppers Silo Hotel at night, Launceston. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett
Designed for a stylish stay, Peppers Silo Hotel. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania/Rob Burnett