Travelling on a budget? Backpacking? Running out of money during your trip? Fear no more. We have listed our Top 5 recommended free attractions for you to take advantage of, all within or in proximity to Launcestons CBD.
1) Cataract Gorge
Located 5 minutes from BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park and at the doorstep of the CBD, the Cataract Gorge is a must see for people of all ages. You could easily spend a whole day exploring this place. With walking tracks that take you across the basin, up the infamous Zig Zag track, and over the Alexandria 'swinging' Suspension Bridge, you are sure to find something to keep you entertained. Get lost amongst the nature and abundant wildlife, or on one of the small tracks to our look outs. Spend as much money as you want at the kiosk, cafe, or restaurants, or spend no money at all! And remember to bring your bathers for a swim at the free pool or a dip in the basin on those warm summer days.
The main attractions are:
2) Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) Inveresk
QVMAG is located on two sites - the museum at Inveresk and the permanent exhibition Tasmanian Connections which displays a range of stories about the Museum's social history and natural science collections in six installations. The museum is perfect for singles, couples, and families - it will keep the kids entertained for hours. The museum has dinosaurs, death masks, planes and artefacts from Australia's oldest merchant shipwreck, the Sydney Cove. The museum is open daily with free admission.
The main features of the museum include:
Every Sunday at 1pm there is a free guided tour of The Blacksmith Shop. Please meet at reception to take advantage of this free service.
3) City Park
City Park is situated in the heart of Launceston and has been a wonderful inner city retreat for Launcestonians for years. Have a picnic, take the kids for a ride on the train, or walk around the trails and explore the park at your leisure.
45-55 Tamar Street
4) Harvest Market Launceston
The Community Farmers Market continues to be one of the main attractions for both tourists and Launcestonians alike. Buy or sample some of our local produce and have a chat to the local farmers. The market is free entry and people of all ages are welcome.
71 Cimitere Street, Launceston (in the carpark opposite Albert Hall)
5) Tamar Valley
If you have a day to spare and access to a car, consider exploring the Tamar Valley. With an abundance of farms, arts, crafts, cruises and a multitude of vineyards in amongst the natural attractions, you will not be disappointed! The Tamar Valley drive begins along the West Tamar Highway or the East Tamar Highway and finishes at the Batman Bridge. Or if you're feeling ambitious, you can drive all the way up to Greens Beach (West side) or Low Head Beach (East side) for a picnic or a quick kayak or surf.