City of Launceston
Visit Launceston in any season and you’ll find a city alive with colour, atmosphere and world-class attractions. Launceston’s mild climate and perfect position in the heart of Tasmania offers the perfect base for your family holiday. On everyone's must-do list is the stunning Cataract Gorge, often described as an oasis in the city. With its rugged beauty the Gorge is only a 15 minute walk from the city. This natural formation offers walking trails, the world's longest single span chairlift, outdoor swimming pool, swinging suspension bridge, Cable Hang Gliding, rock climbing or abseiling for the adventurous, picturesque gardens, local wildlife including the famed resident peacocks and dramatic 10.5-metre long cantilevered viewing platform on the Duck Reach track. The best way to experience Launceston's beautiful parks and gardens is by foot and whatever the weather these sites are a photographer’s dream. The jewel in the crown is leafy City Park. Say hello to the Japanese Macaques and resident ducks, the train ride is a perennial favourite.
For those who enjoy a swim, the Launceston Aquatic Centre provides state-of-the-art heated indoor pools and leisure facilities for children of all ages. Enjoy panoramic views over the City from the café while the kids splash in the interactive play area and waterslide. Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk features the Phenomena Factory, a free-entry, interactive science centre providing hands-on education. Challenge yourself in the Perception Tunnel while you touch, switch, pull and crank your way around the space. The Inveresk site is also home to the preserved railway workshops and permanent exhibition ‘Tasmanian Connections’, which is thrilling people of all ages. See artefacts from Australia’s oldest merchant shipwreck, planes soaring high above and an extensive dinosaur collection featuring giant skeletons and life-sized models.
Get on your bike at the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park or Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail, adventure destinations of international standards. If you're after some local insight, take a tour with Mountain Bike Tasmania or ride through charming back streets and pedal along the North Esk and Tamar Rivers with On Your Bike Tours. Launceston punches well above its weight in culture and the arts. Spend the day immersed in our vibrant art scene by picking up a state-of-the-art ARTBIKE from Design Tasmania or discover ArtPlay an interactive, creative gallery space, designed for joyful exploration of art and art making for visitors to the Queen Victoria Art Gallery.
For a chilling and ghoulish twist on Launceston history, wander the alleyways hearing stories and tales of the past with Launceston City Ghost Tours, or pick your own path with a Heritage Trail Walking Map. Set amongst the magnificent old and new growth forests around Hollybank Forest Reserve is the thrilling Hollybank Treetops Adventures and Trees Adventure, offering an exhilarating multi-stage zip-line ride in the tree canopy, Segway Tour, challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy will have all the family swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest.
68-72 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250
1800 651 827