Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and the perfect place to visit if you are looking for delicious food and wine, culture, and mountainous scenery. This region of Tasmania is packed with both city and rural attractions. Boasting charming old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic views, Launceston is a great destination to visit on your Tasmanian trip.
Launceston is a quirky city that is proud of its cultural significance. Be sure to visit one of the many art galleries, museums, and design studios that the city has to offer. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is the largest regional gallery in Australia. Spend the day meandering and admiring the artwork with a freshly ground coffee in hand from one of the many exceptional cafes of Launceston.
Best Launceston Day Tours & Trips
Towering over some of the most scenic wilderness areas on the island, a tour to Cradle Mountain is a must-do on anyone’s trip to Tasmania. There are multitudes of breathtaking lookouts overlooking of picturesque scenery to explore. While Cradle Mountain is the main attraction on this day trip, you will visit an array of stunning locations including Dove Lake, Weindorfers Chalet, Marion’s Lookout and the Seven Sheds Brewer & Meadery. If there’s time you’ll also get to sample some of the local produce at Ashgrove Cheese Factory.
Your day trip will follow an itinerary that is flexible according to the weather and the other travellers on tour. However, a typical day will begin with departing Launceston in the morning and making a short stop in the town of Sheffield, also known as “The Town of Murals.” Sheffield is a small and eccentric village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is showcased in artworks across many of the buildings throughout the town.
We hit the road again and make our way to Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with 5 hours of exploring time. You will be given the opportunity to choose from several different walks, all accommodating different levels of fitness. After admiring the views of Cradle Mountain, you will enjoy lunch with a view and observe the adorable Cradle Wombats in their natural habitat.
We make our way back to Launceston in the evening making a number of stops on the way home. If time permits, we will stop and sample various boutique products. Sampling the local ales of the Seven Sheds Brewery and the award-winning cheeses of Ashgrove is always a great way to wrap up a huge, successful day of sightseeing and admiring Cradle Mountain.
Multi-day Trips from Launceston
Joining a multiday trip is the best way to see all that Launceston and Tasmania has to offer. There are two tour options to choose from, with each one differing slightly according to duration. On all our multi day trips, transport, national park entry fees and accommodation are included. You will visit the main highlights and attractions of Tassie, all while being accompanied by a fully trained tour guide and a likeminded group of travellers. Our multiday tours departing from Launceston are The East Coast Adventurer and the Tassie Wild 3 Day Trip.