Nature & Wildlife

There will be no shortage of opportunities to escape the bustle of the city on your visit to Northern Tasmania. The city has an abundance of natural wonders to discover, while our position in the heart of Tasmania provides you the perfect base for your Tasmanian wilderness adventure.

The spectacular Cataract Gorge cuts right into the city of Launceston, with accessible walking tracks and Victorian gardens making this a must-visit. Meet the famed (and decidedly vocal!) resident peacocks, and venture out onto the recently-opened cantilevered viewing platform, which projects 10.5 metres out above the river. Take time to revel in our unique urban wonder.

Take a stroll along the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk to Tamar Island, traversing a wetland reserve. For the more intrepid, the Trevallyn State Recreation Area awaits, where a network of walking and cycling trails criss-cross the hills. Keep your eyes out - you may even spot a Wedge-tailed eagle soaring overhead!

Any trip to Tasmania is incomplete without getting up-close-and-personal with our unique wildlife, especially the infamous Tasmanian Devil. Make sure you also catch a glimpse of our other furry and feathered friends, including river-dwelling platypus, suited penguins, spiky echidnas and waddling wombats.

Our region is ideally situated as a springboard to experience Tasmania’s National Parks and World Heritage areas. Visit Ben Lomond National Park – Tasmania’s premier skiing destination, or Tasmania’s most recognisable attraction – Cradle Mountain in the Central Highlands. Travel east to the pristine white beaches of the Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay, or venture to the remote wildness of the West Coast. Whichever way you roam, beginning your journey in Northern Tasmania will position you perfectly for an unforgettable natural experience.

Map your journey into the wild with a copy of 60 Great Short Walks from the Launceston Visitor Information Centre or download the App.

Allports Beach Picnic Area

A shaded free gas BBQ, picnic tables and toilets provided just below the campsite before you reach the beach…

Avoca Museum and Information Centre

The Avoca Museum and Information Centre (AMIC) in the 106 year old heritage listed building promotes the…

Ben Lomond National Park

Ben Lomond National Park is an alpine plateau in northern Tasmania over 1500 metres high and visible from much…

Bluff Track Fitness Trail

Keep fit walking, jogging or cycling the Bluff Track Fitness Trail previously known The Whitemark to Pats…

Brady's Lookout

A unique attraction in the Tamar Valley, Brady's Lookout was once the hideout for bushranger Mathew Brady…

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of Tasmania's premier tourist destinations, located a 50-minute drive from…

Bridport Walking Track

Bridport's walking track is a breathtaking showcase of natural foreshore, beaches, wildflowers, forest and…

Castle Rock Great Short Walk

The Castle Rock Walk is one of Tasmania's Great Short Walks, it meanders along the shoreline of Marshall Bay…

Cataract Gorge Reserve

The Cataract Gorge Reserve on the South Esk River is a unique natural formation just minutes from central…

Clarendon

Clarendon one of Australia's grandest houses set in a parkland on the banks of the South Esk River.The…

Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum

The Deloraine and District Folk Museum was opened as the Family and Commercial Inn in 1864. Today it reflects…

Devil's Gullet

Standing atop the dramatic cliffs of Devils Gullett and looking over Tasmania’s remote alpine Central…