Looking to visit the very heart of Tasmania? The beautiful city of Launceston is the gateway to northern Tasmania. It is famous for its panoramic views, Cataract Gorge, sculpted gardens, and walking trails.
As the third oldest and second largest city of Tasmania, here you’ll discover locations of historic and modern significance as well as with a variety of events and festivals that celebrate its culture and heritage throughout the year. Traveling with your significant other in this spectacular destination is definitely worth it.
Here’s a must-do list for first-timers and those who haven’t visited them yet. Trust us, it’ll be worth your time!
Josef Chromy Cellar Door.
For foodies out there, Launceston and the greater Tamar Valley’s wine and raw food production is a revelation. A 15-minute drive from Launceston will bring you to this restaurant where you can experience delectable wines and meals prepared with great creativity and care. Eat while looking out over 150 acres of sweeping views of lakes, mountains, and vineyards. This is life.
Location: 370 Relbia Road, Relbia, Tasmania
City Park Radio Museum.
This isn’t your ordinary vintage museum. The City Park Radio Museum is one of Launceston’s most charming and unique attraction, especially for history lovers who want to glimpse Australia’s development. There are over 50 clocks here with a different story, and some date back to the early 1930’s!
Location: 43 Tamar Street, Launceston, Tasmania
The lush forests of Tasmania aren’t just for display, it offers exciting opportunities for sightseeing and exploration. Launceston’s Hollybank Treetops Adventure offers everyone a chance to ascend above the ground and take airborne activities such as zip lines that provides a panoramic view of the forest. Complete the journey with a cableway that spans 15 and 500 metres.
Location: 66 Hollybank Rd, Underwood, Tasmania
The majestic Tamar River keeps the Launceston region pumping, and cruising down its length offers a range of scenic trips up and down the Tamar of varying experiences ranging from scenic morning cruises to full-pledged lunch buffet as you head to the region’s iconic Cataract Gorge.
Location: Home Point Parade, Launceston, Tasmania
Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay.
The spectacular wineglass bay and the wonderful Freycinet National Park can be reached via 2+ hour drive to the city’s southeast. Visiting these natural wonders offer one of the most rewarding views of the country.
Location: Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay, Tasmania
Getting around via a car rental
You can save your time and energy by booking a car hire in Launceston airport in advance before reaching the city. Also, you might already know this but Australian’s drive on the left side and drivers must use the left lane of any road unless overtaking.
If you’ll have an outback “off road” tour, don’t forget to seek local advice on your chosen route as well as making sure that someone locally knows of your itinerary. Since most rental suppliers have conditions limiting their vehicle’s operation in the outback, it’s best to consult them first.
Lastly, travelling to the Aboriginal Land requires permission from the owners prior to your travel.
The seasons play a big role in life and actions in Launceston, so you can always expect an ample number of unique events to draw you out amongst it, regardless of the temperature! There is Blooming Tasmania during spring, Festivale in Summer, Targa Tasmania in Autumn, Tasmanian Running Festival during Winter, and a plethora of other fun activities in between.
With all the fun destinations and limited time you have, it’s best to have your own mode of transportation when you visit, so secure a car hire Launceston airport immediately to avoid the disappointment of being on the waiting list or not having your own vehicle at all.