The Top Things to do in Launceston

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Looking for things to do in Launceston? Experience tours, attractions, activities and more! Launceston is the major city located in Tasmania’s north. Take a day trip and travel through the mountains of the Great Western Tiers on your way to Cradle Mountain National Park, surrounded by dense and lush forest and mountainous terrain. Visit some historic towns such as Carrick, Hagley, Westbury, and Deloraine (the hub between Launceston & Devonport). Stroll around the great Dove Lake, or visit Ashgrove Cheese Farm for some dairy delights.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Launceston and surrounds

Cradle Mountain
Cataract Gorge
Wineglass Bay
Hollybank Treetops Adventures
Valleybrook Wine Tours
Launceston City Park
Tamar River Cruise
The National Automobile Museum
Josef Chromy Cellar Door
The City Park Radio Museum

1. Explore Cradle Mountain

Location:Cradle Mountain National Park

One of the state’s most treasured and famous natural icons due to its unique shape from which it derives its name, Cradle Mountain sits amongst the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. This is a place rich with geological features that date back to the Jurassic period and features a variety of wondrous landscapes ranging from deep, lush valleys to glacial lakes, to intricate cave networks.

2. Visit Cataract Gorge

Location:74-90 Basin Rd, Launceston

Cataract Gorge and its surrounding reserve are a ruggedly beautiful section of Tasmania that’s remarkably close to Launceston city. All it takes is a short, 15-minute walk from the CBD and you’ll find yourself in a delightful location that features a vibrant body of water, impressive rocky riverbanks, a lovely suspension bridge, and the Southern Hemisphere’s longest chairlift all in one spot!

3. See Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay

Location:Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay

Wineglass Bay itself can best be viewed from its dedicated lookout, roughly a 1-hour return hike up a well constructed and maintained (yet steep and rather challenging) path that offers one of the most rewarding-for-your-effort views in the country. The beach itself can also be accessed by a downhill portion, and if you’ve got the time to spare it comes highly recommended.

4. Go on an adventure with Hollybank Treetops Adventures

Location:66 Hollybank Rd, Underwood

The Launceston region’s Hollybank Treetops Adventure aims to take advantage of these towering trees by providing visitors with the chance to ascend high above the ground and take in some airborne-adventurous fun. Featuring a series of integrated zip lines / flying foxes, the experience manages to be both thrilling and safe and provides an aspect and viewpoint that is quite incredible once you’ve gotten over any initial nerves from being so high up.

5. Enjoy great wine and food with Valleybrook Wine Tours

Location:7 Brougham St, Launceston

Wine tours allow you to simply indulge in all the wine types you’re interested in and there are few who do this better than local operator Valleybrook Wine Tours. Customisation and personalisation are the names of the game here, with the company’s guides always going the extra mile to ensure that your particular palate is catered for.

6. Relax in Launceston City Park

Location:45-55 Tamar St, Launceston

This tranquil and beautiful oasis right in the heart of Launceston city is unique in its own right with plenty to see and do all for free. Launceston City Park is a wonderful example of a botanic feature done right, and a fine feather in the cap of the city’s development that features something that nearly everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

7. Enjoy a Tamar River Cruise

Location:Home Point Parade, Launceston

Local operator Tamar River Cruises provides a range of scenic trips up and down the Tamar of varying lengths ranging from the purely scenic morning and afternoon cruises to fully-fledged 4-hour lunch offerings and even a special mini-cruise that lasts for roughly 50 minutes and heads directly into the region’s iconic Cataract Gorge.

8. Admire the collection at The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

Location:86 Cimitiere St, Launceston

Located on the northern side of Launceston City, the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania is a must-visit for rev-heads and historical enthusiasts alike, featuring over 100 years’ worth of automotive styling and technological advances. The likes of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Jaguar from years past and present can all be seen here, and all vehicles on display are lovingly kept in immaculate condition by the array of volunteers who are responsible for its upkeep.

9. Indulge at Josef Chromy Cellar Door

Location:370 Relbia Road, Relbia

A modern and sophisticated winery nestled in the Launceston region’s countryside, Josef Chromy sets itself apart from others with its classy atmosphere, great service and immaculately-kept grounds. However, what truly sets the cellar door apart is its world-class wines. You seldom find wineries of this quality elsewhere in Australia, let alone in a relatively isolated part of Tasmania, yet their wide range an array of delectable tastes make Josef Chromy a true standout in this regard.

10. Visit The City Park Radio Museum

Location:43 Tamar Street, Launceston

The City Park Radio Museum is actually one of the Launceston region’s most unique and charming little attractions, particularly for history buffs who appreciate something that has played a significant role in Australia’s development. For a simple gold coin donation, you’ll be able to enter into a friendly and hospitable local icon with staff who are all too keen to lend a hand and provide insight into the numerous radios on hand, some of which date back to the early 1930’s.