Launceston is a true urban oasis with a buzzing local community and old-world charm. It’s hard to believe the stunning natural landscape of Cataract Gorge and Gorge Scenic Chairlift are only minutes away from the CBD. City Park is also stunning in any season. Wander through the park and say hello to the monkeys while you’re in the area. You can delve into all thing’s art, natural science, and history at QVMAG or for something more adventurous, look no further than Hollybank Wilderness Adventures or Penny Royal Launceston.
Markets and Shopping
The best way to feel the community spirit here in Northern Tasmania is to visit one of the local markets. Some of our most popular markets include Harvest Market Launceston which is held every Saturday morning in the city centre and the town of Evandale holds their community market every Sunday. If you love to shop for antiques or just something unique, take a drive to Longford or Campbell Town which have a variety of shops and hidden gems to sift.
Tamar Valley Wine Route
Explore the picturesque Tamar Valley and sample some of the world’s finest cool climate wines, including bubbles that rival what you might find in Champagne, France. In the West Tamar you will find many boutique vineyards as you venture through the Tasman Wetlands, Legana and up to Beauty Point. Over the on the East Tamar you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Pipers Brook region famous for sparkling.
Short Walks and Waterfalls
Our whole region is full of walks and waterfalls for every fitness level. Lilydale Falls is popular east of the Tamar River and you’ll be spoiled for choice in the Meander Valley and Great Western Tiers area, also known as the ‘short walks capital of Tasmania’. Some local favourites include Meander Falls, Liffey Falls or Alum Cliffs. You can explore on your own or jump on a tour with Kooparoona Niara Tours to hear the incredible Aboriginal history of the area as you walk.
History & Heritage
Launceston is Australia’s 3rd oldest city and bursting with history, architecture, and stories of times past. Venture through the Northern Midlands region where you can immerse yourself in convict history through the towns of Longford, Evandale, and Ross. Plan a visit to UNESCO World Heritage listed sites Brickendon and Woolmers Estate, travel up to West Tamar and explore the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre or cross the Tamar River to get to George Town and Low Head where you’ll find the Bass and Flinders Maritime Museum.
The water might be cold, but the beaches are still stunning! There are plenty of options in the North and North East region for those wanting to relax by the ocean. A few include Greens Beach, Bridport and Low Head which all have plenty of family friendly, easy to access beaches to choose from. If you’re in the mood for something off the beaten track, Little Musselroe Bay won’t disappoint.
Experience unique Tassie Wildlife throughout the North. Trouwanna Wildlife Sanctuary and Tasmania Zoo are great for kids and adults alike. For something more intimate, Low Head Penguin Tours offers a unique experience to mingle with Fairy Penguins in their natural habitat. Sea Horse World and Platypus House are also a great place to stop and check out life under the water.
Relax and unwind
For a truly exhilarating wellness experience, head to Floating Sauna Lake Derby where you can mix up relaxing in a woodfire sauna with plunged into the icy cold lake for true blend of hot and cold therapy. For epic views over the Bass Strait while indulging in treatments to renew your mind, body and soul, Spa 180 at Barnbougle is the place to go. If you’re staying in the city, Silos Day Spa or Cinergee Day Spa & Wellness Retreat are local Launnie favourites.
Northern Tasmania is at the heart of agriculture in Tasmania, and we have a plethora of experiences available for foodies. From foraging for truffles with the dogs at Tasmanian Truffles, learning how to cook at Hinton Bay Kitchen or Red Feather Inn, learning about dairy farms at Ashgrove Dairy Door or wining and dining at our local Launnie haunts along Charles Street such as Havilah, Geronimo or Monsoon, your tastebuds are sure to be satisfied here.
If spirits are your thing, you’ll be spoiled for choice. As you make your way through the North, there are many local distilleries with unique stories, blends, and flavours. Fannys Bay Distillery was the first whiskey distillery in the North and are one of the best artisan experiences around. Hillwood Distillery, Adams Distillery, and Launceston Distillery have since joined the whiskey club in the North. Hop on a tour with The Tasmanian Whiskey Experience who are currently the only company who offer a stop at the cooperage for a holistic whiskey experience. For gin lovers, Turner Stillhouse is the place to go, or you can venture to Western Tiers Distillery where you can taste their own gin and sample whiskey from all over the state.
The raw and natural landscapes of the North will captivate any nature lover. From the hair-raising drive-up Jacob’s Ladder at Ben Lomond National Park to the underground worlds at Mole Creek Caves or the rugged beauty of Mount Strzelecki on Flinders Island, there is something for everyone. For man-made natural wonders, Little Blue Lake and Mount Paris Dam can be found just a little off the beaten track.
To fully disconnect and escape, treat yourself to an island adventure. Unique Charters offer unique helicopter day-trips to nearby Swan Island or spend the whole weekend away at Flinders Island.