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.
Explore the Tamar Valley opens in new window, a renowned wine-producing area just north of Launceston. With more than 32 vineyards within driving distance of each other, with excellent cellar doors, tasting rooms and vineyard restaurants, you’re in for some of the best gourmet experiences in Australia. You can also visit lavender fields, pick fresh strawberries on a local farm, and enjoy a cruise on the Tamar River.
Experience the magnificent Cataract Gorge opens in new window – only 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre. Follow the boardwalk alongside the Tamar River from Seaport up to Kings Bridge; when you arrive at the basin you'll find the First Basin Café where you can enjoy casual dining with a world class view. You can also ride the world's longest single span chairlift and spot the local wildlife. It's possible to while away hours and entire days here.
Explore the stunning early Victorian architecture in and around Launceston city by taking a self-guided tour. You can pick up a heritage walking map opens in new window from the Visitor Information Centre which gives you three fascinating trails to choose from – a 30-minute trail, a 70-minute trail and a 90-minute trail, exploring the city's port, governmental and commercial history.
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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