Walking in Launceston, a photographer’s dream

If you’re looking for a place to be at one with nature, Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city, 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 a majestic natural setting.

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Things to do

  • Arty hearty

    Arty hearty

    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.

  • Bumper harvest

    Bumper harvest

    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.

     

  • Day trippin'

    Day trippin'

    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.

  • Nature valley

    Nature valley

    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.

     

  • Time travel

    Time travel

    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.

     

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Airport information

CBD 15km

Travel time 15 minutes

Taxi Approx A$35

Bus Airporter shuttle A$18 one-way&

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When to go

Launceston has a cool, mild climate with four very distinct seasons. Geographically situated in the Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania, it’s in hilly and mountainous terrain, so the weather can change markedly across a short period. Layered clothing is essential.

Choose your preferred climate: Launceston is chilly in winter, pleasant in summer. The warmest months are January and February with an average temperature ranging from 1224°C. The coldest month is July, with an average temperature range of 213°C. Launceston rarely receives snowfall. 

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Getting around

If you want to give your feet a rest, local buses are run by Metro Tasmania opens in new window, with most departing from St John Street between Paterson and York Streets; or you can hire a bicycle opens in new window for daily or longer-term use.  

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