Launceston is the second-largest city in Tasmania after capital Hobart, and derives a lot of its charm from its riverside location alongside a cavalcade of points of interest including old architecture, the greenery of parks and gardens, quaint craft galleries and hill-filled streets dotted with weatherboard houses.
In addition, just a short walk from the city lies the entrance to spectacular Cataract Gorge, an expansive ravine that can be navigated from above via chairlifts.
Launceston is a city that has a charming, old-world feel to it reflected in many of the colours and construction styles of its buildings that bring to mind regions of England. It’s full of foliage and brimming with parkland and wonderful flowers that truly shine during the springtime, and has some of the cleanest air of any Australian city to go along with famously fresh produce from local surrounding areas.
In terms of exploring Launceston’s surrounds, it’s more than easy to take a day trip and travel through the mountains of the Great Western Tiers on your way to the area’s ever-popular Cradle Mountain National Park, surrounded by dense and lush forest and mountainous terrain. The greater Launceston region also has diverse wildlife to encounter out in the open such as the rare water birds that inhabit nearby Tamar Island, or within interesting animal attractions such as Tasmania Zoo or Seahorse World.
Top 10 Things
Both in Launceston city and its lovely natural surroundings, there’s plenty to see and do; here’s our list of the top 10 things.
Visiting the Launceston region and not sure how best to spend your time? Check out our recommended itineraries for 2 to 5 days.
Charming local boutiques and eateries, towering forests and majestic mountains, and delicious delights for your tastebuds – for a relatively small destination, Launceston and its surrounds have a whole lot to offer both locals and travellers alike. We highlight the best of Launceston in our travel guides above.