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 February 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.

A small ferry on the river at Tasmania's Cataract Gorge, surrounded by rocky, forested hillside.
Sip wine on a Cataract Gorge or River Tamar cruise from Launceston.

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.

Rows of leafy grapevines at a Tamar Valley vineyard, with view of the river in the background.
Launceston is a gateway to the Tamar Valley wine region.

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.


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