Whether you’re planning a trip to Launceston or you live there, we have a great selection of some of the best attractions and things to do in Tasmania’s second city.
Launceston and the Tamar Valley are growing in popularity for visitors from across Australia and beyond, making them well worth spending at least a few days exploring. Travellers and locals love the stunning natural scenery (don’t miss the breathtaking Cataract Gorge and First Basin, a slice of wilderness just a short walk outside the city centre), the area’s range of unique activities, delicious local produce and thriving arts scene.
To help you make the most of your time in this riverside city, here are a selection of awesome things to do in Launceston that we think you’ll enjoy.
One of the easiest (and best) ways to explore Launceston is on foot. Walking tours a great way to appreciate everything a location has to offer, with an expert guide on hand to lead you to all the best spots and share snippets of interesting information along the way.
Admire stunning Colonial and Victorian architecture and learn more about Launceston’s rich history on a city and seaport walking tour. There’s so much to see in the city, from The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery to the impressive City Park, which as well as being a great place to relax is home to macaque monkeys (in an enclosure!).
And don’t miss the Cataract Gorge tour. A walk around this river gorge is a great way to get back to nature and is located just a short distance from Launceston city centre. This beautiful natural wonder, including sights like the First Basin Chairlift (thought to be the longest single span chairlift in the world), Gorge Cliffgrounds and Suspension Bridge, is a real must-see in Launceston.
Start your day in the best possible style with a spectacular sunrise hot air balloon ride over Northern Tasmania. If this is your first time flying in a balloon, you’re sure to be blown away by how relaxing the experience of floating (almost) silently across the sky is. Soak up all the best views of the gorgeous landscape and enjoy the expert commentary.
What better way to see Tasmania’s beautiful woodland than from the tree tops? At Hollybank Tree Top Ropes Course you can spend a couple of hours moving from tree to tree, taking on exhilarating aerial challenges. It’s a great way to get out and active in nature and a perfect activity for groups of friends to enjoy together, as well as a great family day out in Launceston.
Penny Royal Adventure Park is Tasmania’s only theme park and is a real must for adventure lovers. Take a trip back in time to learn about Australia’s convict history and take advantage of its scenic location next to Cataract Gorge and take on challenges like the cliff walk, ziplines, rock climbing and more. There are a range of entry options to pick from, but those wanting to make the most of their day out should go for the Penny Royal All Adventure Pass.
Absolute beginners and experienced riders alike will love the horse riding opportunities in Launceston. Ride through Kimberley’s stunning eucalypt forest, historic farmland, forest plantations and rivers, taking in views of the mountains as you go.
Or get in the saddle for a breathtaking horse ride along Bakers Beach in the Narawntapu National Park. Look out for a remarkable range of wildlife, like kangaroos, wombats, eagles and pademelons.
Tasmania looks beautiful from above and a private helicopter flight with stops at three historic pubs is a day out you’ll never forget. It’s the ultimate adventure for two people, combining the unique thrill of helicopter flight with great heritage pubs. Soak up the small-town atmosphere and see North-Eastern Tasmania from a whole new angle.
Got a need for speed? Always wanted to be a racing driver? Then bring dreams to life with a driving experience at the famous Symmons Plains Raceway. With expert instruction and the chance to drive at high speed you’ll have the chance to find out what a car is really capable of and brush up your driving skills at the same time.
If you’re looking to make the journey from Launceston to Hobart as quickly as possible, you’ll find it takes around two and a half hours by car, travelling south via the National Highway 1. Those wanting to take public transport can make the journey by coach, as there are no regular passenger trains in Tasmania.
However, those with a little more time on their hands will find the journey between Tasmania’s two major cities makes for a great road trip. You’ll find plenty of things to do in Hobart and the surrounding areas once you get there, as well as great stop-off points along the route, from the historic Campbell Town to the impressive Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton. So, if you’re putting together your Tasmania itinerary, be sure to check our range of experiences.
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