10 Things to Do in Launceston That You Shouldn't Miss

September 8, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Discover the best top things to do in Launceston, Australia including Cataract Gorge Reserve, The Tamar Valley, City Park, Harvest Launceston, Community Farmers’ Market, National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, Cataract Gorge Scenic Chairlift, James Boag Brewery Experience, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Tamar Island Wetlands, Tamar River.
Restaurants in Launceston

1. Cataract Gorge Reserve

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia +61 447 673 459
Excellent
67%
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28%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Cataract Gorge Reserve

Reviewed By grannienette - Kincumber, Australia

Today we visited Cataract Gorge Reserve it’s an amazing place only negative was getting off the chair lift. It was easy to get on but at the top I forgot to ask them to slow it down and so I almost had a major accident not blaming the operator but feel he should have been more aware I am 76 but because I am not grey maybe he didn’t notice how old I was it has really shook me up so what should have been an amazing day turned into not the best even though we paid for a return trip we didn’t take it and walked back. I do recommend everyone to go there

2. The Tamar Valley

Tamar Valley, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 599 reviews

The Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley, famous for it's cool climate wine, but also it's food and produce, it's natural attractions such as the Tamar Island Wetlands, Narawntapu National Park, Notley Gorge, Brady's Lookout and West Head it's many attractions - Seahorse World, Platypus House, Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Cntre, Grindelwald, Gem & Stone creations, Glengarry Bush Maze and the Rosevears Hotel & Gallery complex. Also home to more than 80 Air BnB listings it's a great base to tour to Cradle Mountain, Bridestowe Lavendar Farm, Derby Mountain Bike trails, Cataract Gorge, Barnbougle Golf Course, local markets, wildlife parks, Treetops Adventure or Launceston's range of fantastic restaurants.

Reviewed By Topbabe - Cairns, Australia

It is very easy to get around if you are driving. Lots to see, do and taste. You will see some wonderful views and taste some great wines. We chose to drive up the west side and come back to Launceston the east side.

3. City Park

Cimitiere Street and Tamar Street, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia +61 3 6331 4616
Excellent
57%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

City Park

Reviewed By YISHENF - Hsinchu, Taiwan

I think this maybe a park locals come to. Very quiet and small. Beautifully kept with flowers, trees and a small art museum which was closed on Sunday when we were there.

4. Harvest Launceston, Community Farmers’ Market

71 Cimitiere St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia +61 417 352 780
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Harvest Launceston, Community Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday morning in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market brightens a quiet inner city car park and brings the farm gate to you. Meet the farmers, connect with locals and feast your eyes on baskets brimming with Tasmania's freshest seasonal produce, artificial hormone-free meat, organic dairy, artisan bread and pastries, bright summer berries or blushing autumn apples. Savour a locally roasted coffee and taste your way around our foodie State at this vibrant weekly event before collecting a myriad of premium produce, cool-climate wines, artisan ciders and home-made preserves for the journey home. Awarded Australia's Most Outstanding Farmers Market in the 2013 ABC Delicious Magazine Produce Awards. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8.30am-12.30pm at 71 Cimitiere Street, Launceston (in the car park opposite Albert Hall).

Reviewed By baz121 - Sydney, Australia

I am so glad we visited this market and I would highly recommend for anyone visiting Launceston. They have freshest produce that I’ve seen across any market in Australia. Great selection of honey, vegetables, fruits, oils, nuts, organic drinks, ciders, beers, meats and seafood etc.
Also do great breakfast/ brunch and coffees ($6 is a little rich, but good coffee). The people at the stalls are friendly and the buzz is uplifting. Great for families!

5. National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

86 Cimitiere Street | Opposite Launceston City Park, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia +61 3 6334 8888
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 371 reviews

National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

Reviewed By Willfish101 - Batemans Bay, Australia

Wandering around Launceston and stumbled upon this place, so decided to have a look. I love cars - especially Aussie classics and cars of the 60's and 70's - and this place has them all. Easy to walk around, good description of each vehicle and its history, some great examples of Holdens and Fords, especially the supercars of the 60's to 90's. Shop has lots of models, souvenirs of all things car and motorbike. Good way to spend a couple of hours drooling over the cars I dreamed of owning in my younger years.

6. Cataract Gorge Scenic Chairlift

69 Basin Road, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia +61 3 6331 5915
Excellent
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Cataract Gorge Scenic Chairlift

Reviewed By EA1509TC1401 - Melbourne, Australia

$12ea was well spent for the Chairlift across the Cataract Gorge to the hillside above the Rotunda Restaurant was money well spent ;especially with the water rusting down the gorge , below you

7. James Boag Brewery Experience

39 William St | Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia +61 3 6332 6300
Excellent
60%
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4.5 based on 395 reviews

James Boag Brewery Experience

Reviewed By Galway86 - Australia

I am a huge fan of beer so I love taking brewery tours when I can. This tour was very good, covering lots of history and the process of beer production. You even got to taste the malted grains they use to make beer. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. The tasting was great, I love how they match cheeses with the different beers on offer.

2 Invermay Road, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia +61 3 6323 3777
Excellent
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4.5 based on 601 reviews

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Welcome to Australia’s largest regional museum The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) has enjoyed a long and proud tradition having celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2011. Today it has two key Launceston sites: the 19th century railway workshop at Inveresk which houses the natural science and history collections; and its 1891 Royal Park building on Wellington Street which was officially opened to the public as a dedicated Art Gallery last year. At Inveresk you’ll find our extensive permanent Exhibitions Tasmanian onnections, Transforming the Island, hands-on science in the Phenomena Factory, Replay>> Sporting Life in Tasmania and the Heritage Trail. In addition there are a range of special Exhibitions and our regular facilities including the Museum Shop, auditorium and café. As if Inveresk is not enough, there is even more at Royal Park. Make sure you visit both sites to really experience all that QVMAG has ‘On show’.

Reviewed By OccasionalTraveler29 - Toronto

We visited the art gallery on Wellington St. It’s in a beautiful building, which is worth seeing in itself. The art inside is mostly not impressive; there isn’t much of it, and too much of what is there is amateurish. There is a good piece...MoreHi OccasionalTraveler29. Thanks for your review. We will pass on your feedback!

9. Tamar Island Wetlands

West Tamar Highway, Riverside, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia +61 3 6327 3964
Excellent
47%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 232 reviews

Tamar Island Wetlands

The Tamar Island Wetlands is an unique urban wetlands reserve just 10 minutes' drive from the heart of Launceston. An interpretation centre offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the value of the wetlands environment and the wildlife that live there.

Reviewed By AlbanyRick - Albany, Australia

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday afternoon/evening walk here. The interpretation center closes at 5pm, so it was not open when we arrived. There are toilets, but they are in the interpretation center, so being locked we couldn't use them - but fortunately there is a toilet block at the end of the walk on Tamar Island. It was easy to find from the main highway, and well signed, and there was ample parking.
The trails are almost all boardwalk, and only a few hundred meters from the start of the walk is a bird hide. We saw quite a few different birds, including black swans, egrets, spoonbill, wrens, and ducks. There was even a copperhead snake at one point. Lots of photography opportunities as well.
We walked all the way to the end, where there is an island and jetty, picnic area and toilet block. The tide was low, so most of the wetlands were just mud flats, but it was interesting to see birds wading and feeding. It's quite a manageable walk given how flat the terrain is, and ideal for nature lovers.

10. Tamar River

Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
Excellent
52%
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Tamar River

Reviewed By Sue N - Brisbane, Australia

We drove from Launceston to George Town over to Beaconsfield and back to Launceston, stopping along the way at attractions and wineries. This is a beautiful part of the world and if you have the time it is well worth the drive

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