Launceston City - 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 tips to get you heading to the most picturescue picnic spots we know about.

Cataract Gorge

Have a picnic by the pool or cross to the other side for a patch of grass at the rotunda. There are also BBQ’s to use if you wish, or just take a blanket and a basket and enjoy the beautiful gorge. Access on foot from Kings Bridge along the Main Walk; from Gorge Road through Trevallyn or from Basin Road through West Launceston.

City Park

Right in the heart of the city, this popular park is full of picnickers and people strolling through it on a nice day. Plenty of grassy areas with lots of shade. Access from Brisbane, Tamar, Cimitiere or Lawrence Street with plenty of metered parking around the fenced perimeter.

Royal Park

Beside the river, Royal Park is a large grassed area with a playground and exercise equipment at one end, and the Seaport at the other.  On the other side of the wall is a skate park for bigger kids and a bike track traverses it all the way through to Mowbray. Access from Park Street off Paterson Street in Launceston.

Tailrace Park

On the other side of the river and a bit further north is the Tailrace park.  A large playground is great for kids, a boat launch area and a boardwalk alongside the river are features. Located on the riverside of West Tamar Highway.

Punchbowl Reserve

Just outside of Launceston, Punchbowl is very popular with locals.  Four BBQ’s are frequently in use with family celebrations and kids birthday parties. The ducks in the duck pond entertain the kids along with the river bed running through the park and a great playground with plenty of space for games on the grass.  Located off Punchbowl Road, Punchbowl.

Hoo Hoo Hut Trevallyn

Popular with scout groups, mountain bikers and locals this picnic area is a great spot for large gatherings. Located in Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area, from West Tamar Highway turn to Forest Road then follow signs.

Trevallyn Dam

There are picnic tables and a viewing area to admire the Trevallyn Dam, most impressive after a huge amount of rain.  Access via Reatta Road, Trevallyn.

Heritage Forest, Mowbray

Once a swamp, then a tip, the remarkable transformation into what is now known as Heritage Forest is well worth a visit.  Featuring sheltered picnic tables and BBQ’s, play equipment and walking trails.  Enter off Conway Street, Mowbray or Goodman Drive off Invermay Road.

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