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Launceston is full of charm. It is the perfect place to slow down a little and explore. You’ll be rewarded with a few surprises, some wonderful food and a memorable stay.
Getting Around Launceston
It’s easy and inexpensive to get around Launceston. The City Explorer and River Explorer are free buses that get you around City Centre and its main attractions for free.
Cararact Gorge Is The Town Beach
One of the best things about Launceston is the parks. Cataract Gorge is a beautiful, natural reserve about 30 minutes walk from the centre of the city. It’s Launceston’s beach, so that’s where the locals go swimming. This is a great place to spend a relaxing day. There are walking and hiking trails, a suspension bridge, a chairlift and a swimming pool. There are great views on offer from the lookouts.
Royal Park and Kings Park are traditional parks with a river edge boardwalk connecting the Cataract Gorge Reserve to the Inveresk Precinct. The walk takes in Ritchie’s Mill, Home Point and Seaport. You’ll see the Tamar River. There’s also access to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and river cruises.
Say Hello To The Monkeys
If you stroll down to City Park in the centre of the city you’ll come across a fun surprise. The park is home to some wonderful Japanese monkeys. They are from a sister city in Japan. The Macaque Monkey Enclosure is open from 8.00am – 4.00pm from April – September and during the warmer months 8.00am – 4.30pm from October – March.
Museum & Art Gallery
If you have a free afternoon we recommend a visit to the excellent Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Entry is free. It’s open from 10.00am-4.00pm. This place is spread out over two locations and includes the beautifully restored art gallery. You’re sure to find something of interest in the collections.
Do The Brewery Tour
There’s nothing quite like a good beer. The James Boags Brewery host a brewery tour and beer tasting and it’s very popular. The James Boags Brewery occupies a couple of city blocks and it’s built on the banks of the North Esk River, near the centre of the city.
It’s fun to go to the football. If you are into to footy, you might catch a game at Aurora Stadium which hosts four AFL matches each year.
Fancy a glass of wine? The Tamar wine region extends from Launceston north up to the Tamar River. It is Tasmania’s oldest wine region and it produces wine of exceptional quality. If you go on a wine tasting tour you’ll taste some excellent wine and see some beautiful country.
Where To Eat
There are some good budget options for you. Check out The Pizza Pub, Flip Burger, Hari’s Curry, Morty’s Food Hall and the Craft Bar out the back of St Johns.
Off To The Pub
Wednesday night is Uni night. Check out what’s on Wednesday night at Lords, Alchemy, or Hotel New York. On a Friday night, the Star Bar Cafe is fun. The Royal Oaks has open microphone sessions and some live music most nights. Irish Murphy’s has live music 7 nights a week. St John’s Craft Bar and Red Brick Road Ciderhouse are popular with the locals.
City Park hosts Tasmania’s premier food, wine and entertainment event called Festivale which is usually on in the middle of February. This is foodie heaven.
Best Time of The Year
Summer is probably the very best time to visit Launceston. The average temperature is a very pleasant 25 degrees during the day.
If you are in the hunt for some fresh food you’ll love the Harvest Market on Saturday mornings. It’s on every Saturday from 8.30am—12.30pm at 71 Cimitiere Street, Launceston. You’ll find it in the car park opposite Albert Hall.
There’s some good budget options which include; Launceston Backpackers, the Arthouse Hostel, Batman Fawkner Inn, Lloyds Backpackers and Star Bar.