Launceston is often described as the ‘gateway to Tasmania’, as it offers visitors the chance to experience the island’s incredible natural, historical and cultural landmarks right on its doorstep. This modern and thriving city also boasts an incredible selection of bars and restaurants - all stocked with Tasmania’s unique cool-climate wine - as well as an array of historic landmarks and architecture. Nature lovers will also find they don’t need to travel far to experience some of the region’s incredible panoramas, showcasing Tasmania’s diverse ecosystem that is unlike any other in the world.
Tasmania is an extremely popular tourist destination, so there’s certainly no shortage of great places to stay in Launceston. Whilst the city offers every format of accommodation imaginable, those looking to make an extended stay may find they are best suited to serviced apartments. These properties offer many of the benefits of a hotel, such as room cleaning and reception, but also offer the privacy and convenience of your own private space. Full kitchen facilities also make these properties ideal for those looking to self-cater. Whatever the reason for your visit, we can ensure you get the right accommodation to get the most from your trip.
First and foremost, Launceston is famous for its culinary delights - making the most of local produce to ensure that the city’s many restaurants and cafes offer a distinctly provincial flavour. Visitors will also find a night on the town is one of the best ways to sample the incredible dining experiences on offer, as well as take in the city’s vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.
The city also offers plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of Tasmania - both in terms of its former role as a colonial settlement as well as its indigenous heritage. With everything from restored 18th-century houses to independent museums showcasing the development of industry in the region, visitors will find that Launceston is a fantastic place for getting up close to the island’s cultural heritage, past and present.
Of course, the stunning natural landscapes are also one of Launceston's most striking features. Famed for the Cataract Gorge, with its walking trails, and the nearby Royal Park with its perfectly kept gardens, the region is an outdoor lover's paradise. Visitors are also able to enjoy tours of the Tamar Valley vineyards in the summer months or enjoy a cruise along the river itself.
One of Launceston’s biggest selling points is its array of excellent places to eat. Novaro's Restaurant, Mud Bar & Restaurant and Cataract on Paterson are good options for those seeking fine dining, whilst Stillwater offers a great opportunity to sample local produce in a more relaxed setting. There’s also plenty of more exotic cuisine on offer, with places like Cinnamon Cafe & Indian Restaurant and Saigon Kitchen.
Launceston has plenty of opportunities for some retail therapy, with most of the shops being in the central area enclosed by the A3 road. Jimmy’s Complex and Centreway Arcade are the places to go if you are looking for a one-stop-shop, whilst the surrounding area also has plenty of independent retailers, selling everything from organic foods to hand-crafted fashions. Alternatively, those looking for a bargain can head to Bonds Outlet Launceston.
There is no shortage of attractions in Launceston, with its myriad natural and cultural landmarks. Cataract Gorge it is one of the region's premier tourist attractions, offering stunning views of the landscape and Alexandra Suspension bridge as well as a dedicated nature reserve. In the city itself, there’s the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery - a great window into Tasmanian history - or the perfectly preserved Franklin House. Those visiting the city with family may also enjoy a trip to Tasmania Zoo or the Tasmanian Wetlands Centre.
One of the best ways of getting around in Launceston and its surrounding countryside is to rent your own vehicle - giving you complete freedom to explore the region. Alternatively, those preferring to use public transport will find that the city has an extensive and reliable bus network, covering the city centre as well as out towards the residential areas. Another option for getting around is to rent a bicycle - although this can be challenging in the more hilly areas of the city.
Launceston is the commercial powerhouse of northern Tasmania, with particularly strong representation from the retail and services sectors. The financial services are represented by firms such as Crowe Horwath Tasmania, Main Street Financial Solutions and WLF Accounting & Advisory, whilst Blundstone Australia and Caterpillar Underground Mining are some of the bigger manufacturers operating locally.