Launceston’s best attractions

Jun 02, 2022

A number of Life’s An Adventure’s pack-free guided walks in Tassie begin in Launceston and if you get there before your trip begins you’ll have plenty to do. So here are our top picks on things to do and places to visit in Launceston.

DIY walking tour
First up, walk around the city. Launceston is a compact and enjoyable city to walk in and see the sights. Enjoy restored colonial and Victorian buildings from the 1800’s, as well as beautiful parks on a self-guided walk. Make time for a quick visit to City Park. It’s probably only a short walk from your hotel and you’ll be able to see large old elms and oak trees, Macaque monkeys, the City Park Radio Museum and a nice duck pond.

Royal Park is another great place to walk or relax. It’s on the western side of the city centre. Walk along the river edge past a number of old yachts and even hop on a river cruise if you wish. The new Seaport precinct is another great place to explore. This old shipyard and dry dock has been tastefully converted into one of Launceston’s most desirable locations. There’s a hotel, cafes, restaurants and many nice yachts to look at.

History buffs will love the Old Umbrella Shop, a National Trust run and protected site. This is a rare place to see what retail was like in the early 1900’s. It’s cute, quaint and something the curious will love. On the Merchants Machinery Trail you can explore Launceston’s milling and mining history. Visit buildings such as the classy Neoclassical Customs House which was built in 1885, the Batman-Fawkner Inn from 1820, and admire the character of the brick tower from the red brick post office.


Cataract Gorge Reserve
One of the best attractions in Launceston, a right of passage for any visitor, is the Cataract Gorge or “The Gorge” as the locals would say. On the southern side of the gorge is a large open area known as the ‘First Basin’. This has a large lawn for picnics, barbeques and relaxing in the sun. There is a large outdoor pool which you must try out on a hot day. Travel doesn’t have to be rushed, if you need a lazy place to recharge, this is the place to do it. Take the chairlift or go for a scenic walk through bush, cliffs and over a suspension bridge to the northern side of the gorge.

Penny Royal
Penny Royal is close to the Cataract Gorge and is another famous and long-running Launceston attraction. In summary, it’s a classy, tasteful and educational theme park that both children and parents can enjoy. There is outdoor rock climbing, where children can wear a harness and climb up to 16 metres high in a safe, controlled environment. There are 100 metre long zip lines and several rope bridges suspended high in the air. Travel back in time on an old ship where children can steer the wheel, fire a cannon and learn a bit of history at the same time. There’s also gold fossicking and a convict adventure trail.


National Automobile Museum Of Tasmania
Anyone, absolutely anyone with the slightest interest in cars will find the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania to be fascinating. The depth of this collection will astound you, with vehicles ranging from vintage cars, early European classics such as Jaguars, Porsches and numerous American classics, “The Hall of Muscle” featuring classic Australian Holdens, Fords and Chryslers, as well as modern day supercars.


James Boag Brewery Experience
Boag’s Brewery is an Australian brewery company founded in 1883 by James Boag and his son, also named James, in Launceston. It is now owned by Lion, a Trans-Tasman subsidiary company of Japanese beverage conglomerate, Kirin. All of the company’s beers are produced in Launceston. Do a tour and see how this fine beer is made then pop into the adjoining pub for a bit of beer tasting.

The Tamar Valley
With around 60 food operators within the Tamar Valley, the paddock to plate story is epitomised, often with the produce originating from the dirt right outside. Like wine? 32 vineyards and counting make up the Tamar Valley Wine Trail, all with their own unique story to tell. Walks, fishing, nude beaches, turbo chooks and even a sheep named Shane, the Tamar Valley nature trail is sure to surprise, excite and leave you with a grin!

Click here for our full list of Tassie pack-free guided walks.





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