Launceston City

Launceston City

Only a quick, direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Launceston oozes modern refinement and easy charm. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage and enjoy a thriving food and wine scene, amongst the backdrop of vibrant Georgian streetscapes.

There are many things to do in Launceston:

Come see the local wildlife Launceston has to offer at Tasmania Zoo, Tamar Wetlands Reserve and City Park. If you are a lover of cars and motorbikes Launceston has you covered with the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania and Richardson’s Harley-Davidson museum and cafe.

The boutique riverside city is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley and boasts magnificent natural attractions including the spectacular Cataract Gorge Reserve and beautiful parks and gardens.

Everything you need to have an amazing Tasmanian experience is right on Launceston’s doorstep: Australia’s coolest wine trail, gourmet food, history, wilderness, adventure – it all starts here.

Launceston’s History:

The city was established in 1806, after the collapse of Port Dalrymple (now George Town) at the mouth of the Tamar. It was the Island’s northern military base and a trading centre for wheat and wool farmers. Over time, as their wealth grew, the city developed its grand vision.

For travel advice pop into: Launceston Travel and Information Centre, Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250
To chat to a local expert, call: 1800 651 827 (free call) or 03 6336 3133 (charges apply)
To read more about Launceston visit: discovertasmania

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Launceston City Precincts

Launceston is a small city of around 100,000 people.  Northbank.  Arts and culture.  Shopping and more!



Launceston and Tamar Valley

Launceston and Tamar Valley

1. Top places to buy Tasmanian products

Just have to find that little bit of Tassie that reminds you of your great holiday? Promised to buy gifts for the family? Can’t buy it anywhere else but here? Then here are some places that will happily broaden your...

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Punchbowl Reserve

2. Top picnic spots

Whilst there are some great cafes and restaurants around, it’s always nice to eat outside in the fresh air. To save you pulling out the tables and chairs beside the main highway (don’t laugh, it happens), here are some local...

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3. Postcard photo spot

Some of the best photo opportunities happen as you are just driving along – don’t fall asleep on the journey, or you might miss some of the most scenic parts! And always allow extra time to get somewhere, you’re almost...

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City Park

4. Free activity

You’re on holiday – you’ve got a budget, and some days you spend more than you intended. Here are some ideas on how to rebalance the budget justify that splurge you had yesterday!

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Launceston aquatic centre

5. Kid/family friendly activity/place

Kids love learning and seeing new things, the Tamar Valley has activities by the bucketload for families.

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6. Great Coffee

When you’re visiting a new area, it’s always nice to stop and check or make plans for the day over a good coffee. Here are some of our favourites to get you started.

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National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

7. Rainy day activities

A little bit of drizzle shouldn’t stop you from getting the most out of the day. In Launceston there are plenty of ways to spend your time and stay dry too!

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Launceston Vineyard

What’s On

Festival of Voices – Launceston

Festival of Voices brings captivating song to Launcestion in the heart of winter. The Festival of Voices offers a diverse range of concerts featuring the best in international and national talent as well as performances by our many touring and workshop ch

Great Chef Series – Tetsuya Wakuda

The Great Chefs Series is an opportunity for some of the most influential culinary minds in Australia to collaborate with some of the up and coming talent within the Tasmanian hospitality industry. TasTAFE Drysdale students across Events, Tourism, Hospita

Launceston Esk Market – Weekly

The Launceston Esk Market has a range of products on offer including refreshments, bric-a-brac, pre-loved items, clothing, books, tools, collectable tools, antique and craft items, knitting, sewing, beads, wooden and rustic furniture, novelties and toys.


Suggested Itineraries

Avis Tasmania


You don’t do things by halves do you! Spend a week and take away a new sense of the region and yourself. Live your own chapter in the nooks and crannies of northern Tasmania, staying in some of the smaller towns and villages.

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