Things to See and Do

Near Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Only a quick direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Launceston oozes modern refinement and easy charm. Immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage and enjoy a thriving food and wine scene among the backdrop of vibrant Georgian streetscapes. The boutique riverside city is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley, and boasts magnificent natural attractions, including…

Only a quick direct flight from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Launceston oozes modern refinement and easy charm. Immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage and enjoy a thriving food and wine scene among the backdrop of vibrant Georgian streetscapes. The boutique riverside city is located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley, and boasts magnificent natural attractions, including the spectacular Cataract Gorge Reserve and beautiful parks and gardens. Everything you need to have an amazing Tasmanian experience is right on Launceston's doorstep: Australia's coolest wine trail, gourmet food, history, wilderness, adventure, walking and cycling trails - it all starts here.

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Local Highlights

Cataract Gorge Reserve
Launceston's own piece of wilderness just 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Here you'll find walking and hiking trails, the world's longest single span chairlift, swimming pool in the summer months, restaurant, kiosk, café, peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, suspension bridge, inclinator for easy access, Interpretation Centre and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. This is not to be missed and can be walked from our park. Walking maps available at park reception.

National Automobile Museum
This is a must for any car enthusiast! Come and experience the history, elegance and style of one of Australia's most significant motoring collections. The museum comes alive with four sensational theme displays each year as well as constantly changing exhibits in the main hall and a mezzanine floor packed with motorcycles. Open every day (except Christmas day) 9 am - 5 pm, Winter 10 am - 4 pm.

James Boag Brewery Tours
For those over 18 years of age this is a great tour to finish in the afternoon after the City Park's tours. Boag's Brewery started in 1881, on the banks of the Esk River in Launceston. It was in the brewery built right here that James Boag and son established their tradition of brewing excellence. Using Tasmania’s pure water and natural ingredients made one of the World's finest and distinct beers. A guided tour followed by sampling is a great way to finish the day.

Treasure Island Kids Play Centre
Great for kids activities. Heaps of things to do to keep the kids amused for hours. An all weather facility including mini golf, kids trampolines, laser tag and playgrounds.

Tamar Triple Pass
Visit three top attractions in the Tamar area and save $$$. The three attractions are; Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre - an interactive and education historical journey, Platypus House -offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch both live Tasmanian platypuses and echidnas in daylight conditions and undercover. (great for families) Seahorse World - a unique breeding facility designed to help conserve this creature. Very educational and well worth the visit.

Penguin Tours at Low Head
Come and witness these gorgeous Little Blue Penguins as they return to their burrows on dusk. The Tours begin every night at the end of the Low head Rd. Arrive at the Coastal Reserve, Low Head. A guide will meet you and take you down a short stroll to the beach. Take warm clothing and a camera.

Launceston Tramway Museum
A great display gallery for the Launceston bygone era. Fascinating historical information of the city too. Opening hours displayed on their web site.

Prestige Wine Tours
Be driven in the comfort and style of a 6 or 8 seater bus for personalised wine tours. Visit some the regions best wineries without the worry of driving home as the experienced tour guide does that for you. Pick up and drop off at the park. Your day tour starts at around 10am and concludes at around 4 or 5pm. For a really great day get a group together to make it YOUR day.

Launceston Harvest Markets
A delicious way to spend your Saturday morning in Launceston city. Meander amongst locally grown and produced fresh vegetables, tantalising herbs, gourmet meats and seafood and aromatic crusty breads. Fill a picnic hamper and select a locally produced boutique wine to go touring for the day. What a way to start a weekend!

Cataract Gorge and Tamar River Cruises
Choose from a range of tailored cruises from a 50 minute cruise up to a 4 hour Batman Bridge Cruise. This is a great way to start your touring of Launceston. Not only a great informative tour about Launceston but your boarding pass acts as a savings pass and is then good for other discounts and special offers whilst staying in the area such as museums and restaurants.

Chocolate Cheese and Raspberries Heaven
Visit & sample some of Tasmania's most exquisite indulgences being chocolate, cheese and raspberries - you'll think you are in heaven! House of Anvers http://www.anvers-chocolate.com.au/ Belgian Chocolate Skills & Tasmania's fresh clean climate combine to create the supreme chocolate experience. Ashgrove Cheese http://www.ashgrovecheese.com.au/ from fresh creamy ice cream to smooth rich cheese. Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm http://www.raspberryfarmcafe.com/ Delicious raspberry produce yum

Hollybank Treetops Adventure
Tassie's most thrilling adventure attraction by day or night! An exhilarating experience amongst the tree tops of old and new forest growth. Choose from a Zipline - A tour with experienced guides combines the adrenaline rush of a high-wire canopy ride with an informative and entertaining outlook on beautiful forests or Segway tour- a forest adventure for you. Leave the hassle of cars and mass transport behind as you effortlessly glide on a Segway Personal Transporter (PT). Awesome fun.

Mountain Biking Trails
Come and experience Launceston's awesome mountain bike trails. The Launceston mountain bike club holds regular meets and competitions. This is another couple of web sites for you to visit to find fantastic trails of where you can ride - www.ridetasmania.com and www.tassietrails.com

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