Discover the wonders of Northern Tasmania, the ultimate destination for a short break or extended holiday. The region serves as your ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas or simply enjoying all it has to offer. Conveniently located within easy reach to the rest of Tasmania, many incredible spots are just a half-day's drive away. Breathe in the fresh air, bask in the healthy climate as you revel in the beauty of four distinctive seasons, this is your gateway to some of Australia's wildest places.
A haven of nourished farmland yielding an abundance of fresh produce - think truffles, seafood and cool climate wines!
Northern Tasmania's lush landscapes are a haven of nourished farmland, yielding an abundance of fresh produce, including renowned truffles, seafood and velvety, cool climate wines. Delve deeper into the connection between food, culture and people and discover why Launceston was recognised as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. Meet farmers and growers every Saturday morning at Harvest Market Launceston, a true gastronomic delight. In and around the region you will find DIY berry picking at local farms, artisanal cooking schools, paddock to plate experiences, and cool cafes featuring local produce - there is plenty of opportunity to satisfy your foodie desires.
Shred trails, hike tracks, find your own adventure
Adventure seekers need go no further! Northern Tasmania offers vast rugged wilderness ideal for mountain biking enthusiasts who live to shred thrilling trails set amongst the serenity and beauty of nature.
Road cyclists will relish the intimacy with nature as they pedal along back roads surrounded by vineyards, farmland and occasionally encountering the historic charm of eighteenth-century cottages.
If you prefer to pull on your hiking boots there are plenty places to take a long or a short walk, whether it's the challenge of a high country, multi day walk in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park or a gentle stroll alongside a waterfall there is plenty of opportunity to explore on foot.
Events and festivals in Launceston and Northern Tasmania are a plenty! Festivale invites you to savour local food and wine under the twinkling stars at Launceston's City Park. Art and culture aficionados will be captivated by Junction Arts Festival and Mona Foma which ignite the region with a buzz of installations and creativity.
For sports enthusiasts, there's UTAS Stadium hosting several Hawthorn AFL home games, the Launceston Cup at the Launceston racecourse in Mowbray, and the thrilling V8 Supercars at Symmons Plains raceway.
Inspired designers, artists and makers
The creative spirit thrives in Northern Tasmania, with talented designers, artists and makers telling captivating stories through their work. You'll find their art in galleries and local markets, but it doesn't end there. Engage with the locals, and be prepared to be enchanted by their love for storytelling, as they eagerly share everything you ever wanted to know about the region.
Launceston, or Launnie as the locals call it
This vibrant cultural and gastronomic hub is home to a tight-knit and diverse community of winemakers, artists, distillers, designers, growers and nature lovers from around the world.
Watching over the confluence of three rivers – the North Esk, South Esk and kanamaluka / River Tamar – Launcestonis a city on a very human scale, and is easily explored on foot. Wild and landscaped spaces are linked by heritage streetscapes and thoughtful architectural adaptations – a dynamic blend of old and new, tradition and innovation.
Cataract Gorge is the leafy heart of Launnie – a spectacular natural canyon that’s been a sacred meeting place for Tasmanian Aboriginal communities for tens of thousands of years.
The largest city in northern Tasmania (and the third oldest in Australia, dating back to 1806) is also a food bowl of top Tasmanian produce – on your plate and in your glass. From farmers’ markets and paddock-to-plate meals to urban bars and the Tamar Valley’s cool-climate wineries, Launceston sits at the global dinner table as a UNESCO ‘City of Gastronomy’.
In Launnie, the farm gate is the corner store, nature is on tap, and the cellar never runs dry