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.

Devil's Gullet

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

Drive Discovery Central Flinders Island

Drive to Walkers Lookout for sunrise over the Darling Range or take an early morning beach walk near…

Drive Discovery North Flinders Island

From Whitemark drive north to Killiecrankie Bay. Stroll along this beautiful beach overlooked by the…

Drive Discovery South East Coast Flinders Island

Begin in Lady Barron, visit the port area or walk along the foreshore to Yellow Beach. Drive north to Cameron…

Entally Estate

Entally House is a lovely old house located in Tasmania's north at Hadspen, about 15-minutes' drive (13…

Franklin House

Franklin House was built by convicts and is located in northern Tasmania at Franklin Village, Launceston…

Grindelwald Swiss Village (Attraction)

Grindelwald is a 15-minute drive north of Launceston (15 kilometres) in the Tamar Valley. The Swiss-themed…

Hollybank Forest Reserve

Hollybank Forest Reserve is just a 20-minute drive from Launceston. This is one of Tasmania's most popular…

Honey Tasmania

Honey Tasmania invites you to experience the delicious and fascinating world of honey, learn about the…

Horse Riding Tasmania

Join Horse Riding Tasmania for an unforgettable trek as you explore some of South East Tasmania's best…

kanamaluka Trail

To know Tasmania, is to know its coastline, and this has never been so accessible since the opening of the…

Killiecrankie Picnic Area

Killiecrankie foreshore hosts a free gas BBQ for day use only and the carpark can accommodate about 50…