Top 10 Things To Do In Launceston and Surrounds

Tasmania’s largest northern city is simply a must visit on your Tasmanian itinerary. Don’t miss out on the following attractions and activities;

1. Encounter Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery 

The Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery is Australia’s largest regional museum and offers a full day of activities suitable for everyone in the family. The old railway site is a great place to learn about Tasmania’s natural history and see a range of art work across ten galleries including A Portrait of Colonial Tasmania.

2. Walk to Cataract Gorge

Located just 1.5 kilometres west of Launceston’s city centre, magnificent Cataract Gorge is home to a myriad of scenic walking tracks, a restaurant, beautiful gardens and the world’s longest single span chairlift. One of the more pleasant ways to access the gorge is to walk from the northern side of Kings Bridge to Cliff Grounds via the main walk. Enjoy a day of recreational activities in a peaceful environment just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

3. Drive through The Tamar Valley 

The Tamar valley surrounding Launceston is home to some of Tasmania’s finest cool climate wine. Drive through the heart of vineyard country past rolling green pastures, historic homesteads and charming gardens. For a stand-out winery experience, drive to Relbia where you will find Josef Chromy Wine. Experience a tasting or stay for lunch overlooking the vines.

4.  Wander around the City Centre 

Spend a day wandering around Launceston’s CBD admiring the city’s charming Georgian architecture and stopping for coffee at one of Launceston’s laidback cafes.

5. Explore Launceston City Park

Pack a picnic and pay a visit to leafy City Park located in the middle of the city. The Japanese Macaques (monkeys) are a popular draw and there is a viewing shelter where you can observe them.

6. Dine at Black Cow Bistro

A favourite amongst the locals, Black Cow Bistro is an ‘up-market’ steak house located in the historic Art Deco Luck’s butchery shop. Anyone looking to try some of Tasmania’s finest beef produce won’t be disappointed here with Black Cow Bistro showcasing the best of premium dry ages, free range, grass fed free Tasmanian beef. Treat yourself to the ultimate dining experience in Launceston here.

7. Relax at the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area

Huddled on the South Esk River just four kilometres from Launceston’s CBD, Trevallyn Nature Recreation area is a great day trip. The reserve offers a variety of activities including cycling, horse riding, walking, orienteering and rock climbing. In summer, it is used for water skiing, swimming, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing.

8. Get Up Close and Personal with Wildlife at Tasmania Zoo 

Situated just 18 kilometres outside of Launcestion, Tasmania Zoo is home to 100 rare, exotic and native species. Take the Jurrasic Swamp tour to encounter 40 life-size dinosaurs like never before.

9. Discover Franklin House 

See a prime example of Georgian architecture at Franklin House, a historic homestead preserved by Australia’s National Trust. Take a turn around the beautiful gardens and enjoy a tour of the house offering unique insight into the life of past residents. Afterwards, enjoy Devonshire tea at the small onsite cafe. 

10. Explore Evandale

Nestled on the banks of the South Esk River just 18 kilometres outside of Launceston you will find the historic and picturesque town of Evandale. Marvel at the unspoiled heritage buildings including St Andrews Church, Clarendon Arms Hotel and Fallgrove all dating back to the early 1800s. Pick up from Cruisin’s Launceston branch and explore Launceston and surrounds on your next holiday. 


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