Australia is a sovereign country that comprises the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and a number of smaller islands. When we talk about this country, the first city that will come to our mind might be Sydney for being the largest urban area in Australia but hey, let’s go somewhere else and explore the commercial hub of Tasmania.
Launceston is the second largest and the only inland city in the north of Tasmania, Australia. It is one of Australia’s oldest cities where numerous historic buildings lie, making it a major tourist center. In fact, most of the attractions are in or within proximity of the city center. Surely a place you can enjoy with a lot to discover! Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Launceston, Australia!
1. Have fun at Penny Royal Adventures
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Situated on the corner where two rivers - South Esk and Tamar - meet, just below picturesque King’s Bridge, Penny Royal Adventures is an adrenaline-packed theme park. Whether you’d like to experience the thrill of walking on wobbly, suspended rope bridges, try your hand at rock-climbing, or pan for gold in the stream that runs through the park, Penny Royal Adventures will have you covered. Guests can also embark on a themed adventure, “The Dark Ride”, featuring historic character - escaped convict and pirate - Matthew Brady.
Penny Royal Adventures
Address: 1 Bridge Road, Launceston, Tasmania 7250
Website: Penny Royal Adventures
Opening hours: Rides: Wed - Sun: 9:30am - 5pm (closed on Mon & Tue)
Price: From 5 AUD (3.80 USD)
2. Admire the scenery from the Sentinel Lookout
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The Sentinel Lookout is a scenic viewing platform extending out and above the splendid Cataract Gorge, dug by the course of the South Esk River. Found along the First Basin Track, which runs along the river, the viewpoint is a micro-footprint, steel structure built using suspension technology. The platform was prefabricated in a different location and subsequently air-lifted and assembled where it is now. It gives a unique perspective on the river that flows below and the surrounding wooded area.
Address: First Basin Track, West Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
Website: No website available
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
3. Board the Gorge Scenic Chairlift for unique views
In operation since 1972, the Gorge Scenic Chairlift takes passengers from Basin Road to Cataract Gorge and Cliff Grounds reserve, safely traveling above the natural basin formed by the South Esk River. The chairlift holds a world record for having the longest single span of any chairlift. Admire the beautiful landscape that will open up in front of you once comfortably seated at an advantageous, elevated position. Take in the views and enjoy the ride!
Gorge Scenic Chairlift
Address: Cataract Gorge Reserve, 69 Basin Rd, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
Website: Gorge Scenic Chairlift
Opening hours: Winter: 10am - 4pm; Spring and Autumn: 10am - 5pm; Summer: 10am - 6pm
Price: Two-way ride: 16 AUD (12.40 USD)
4. See the beautiful Cataract Gorge
Cataract Gorge is a canyon in the city of Launceston. It is the largest and most sought after attraction in the city, just a few minutes’ drive away from the city center. It is where the longest single span chairlift in the world lies which stretches for about 308 meters long (1,010 ft) across the gorge. A great place to bring the kids and let them explore the grounds or meet and feed peacocks roaming around the reserve. Feel free to take a river cruise or push your limits and walk to the trails instead. And if you feel hungry during your visit, they have cafes with helpful and friendly staff to cater to your needs. Plus, entrance is free guys! A must visit and one of the best attractions in Launceston!
Address: 74-90 Basin Rd, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
Website: Cataract Gorge
5. Relax in City Park
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Surrounded by various parks, you won’t have a problem looking for a place to relax when you are in Launceston. But what makes City Park different? It is a well-maintained park where you can find Japanese macaque monkeys. The monkeys were a gift from a city in Japan that is taken care of by the park. Aside from that, beautiful flowers will also welcome you to the park. The park can be enjoyed by everyone where you can set up a blanket to have a picnic with the whole family. A perfect family park in Launceston!
Address: 45-55 Tamar st., Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
Website: City Park
6. Visit Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Let’s learn more about the history of Launceston or the whole of Tasmania rather, in this museum. It exhibits interesting artifacts such as dinosaurs, Tasmanian animals and Australia’s oldest merchant shipwreck, the Sydney Cove. Aside from that, there is also a lot of information about the city. The best part? The entrance is free! It’s like learning for free so make sure to visit!
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Address: 2 Invermay Rd, Invermay TAS 7248, Australia
7. Visit the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
National Automobile Museum is one of the many interesting museums in Launceston that displays unique and vintage automobiles & motorcycles. Dream big and imagine owning some of the cars and motorbikes through their collection. The museum may not be big but it will surely bring joy and satisfaction to the heart of car enthusiasts, even those who are not.
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
Address: 86 Cimitiere St, Launceston, TAS 7250, Australia
8. Enjoy the scenic view of Tamar Island Wetlands
This unique urban reserve is approximately 10 minute’s drive away from the city center of Launceston. It’s a quiet place where short walks can be enjoyed on its well-maintained boardwalk. Volunteers are available who are passionate and knowledgeable on giving information about the wetlands. Feel free to share donations because it is worth it! It is a great place for photographers and bird watchers too! Watch out for the snakes because there are lots of them.
Tamar Island Wetlands
Address: W Tamar Hwy, Riverside TAS 7250, Australia
Website: Tamar Island Wetlands
9. See the Franklin House
This historic house was built in 1838 for Britton Jones, a Launceston brewer, an innkeeper and a former convict. It later became a school for boys after being leased to schoolmaster William Keeler Hawkes between 1842-1866. The house is preserved by Australia’s National Trust and made open to the public. The house and the garden area was beautifully restored and maintained by a group of volunteers.
Address: 413/419 Hobart Rd, Youngtown TAS 7249, Australia
Website: Franklin House
10. Sign up for the James Boag Brewery Tour
This tour is something to look forward to, beer drinkers or not. This unique experience is a must try when you visit Launceston. The tour guides are knowledgeable and would give valuable information about the brewery’s history and how beers are made, with a taste test after!
James Boag Brewery Tour
Address: 39 William St Ln, Launceston, TAS 7250, Australia
Website: James Boag Brewery Tour
11. Catch an event at Albert Hall Launceston
The Albert Hall is a convention center in Launceston where some of the major events take place. The hall is one of the nicest places to celebrate occasions such as weddings, birthdays and a lot more. If you are lucky, you may catch a musical performance, concert and trade fairs and expos!
Albert Hall Launceston
Address: 47 Tamar St & Cimitere St, Launceston, TAS 7250, Australia
Website: Albert Hall Launceston
Discover the rugged side of Launceston and go explore the Lost World Canyon especially designed for beginners. Of course, experienced adventure seekers can join in the fun with their friends too. Tours run for three to four hours and you’ll be able to witness the beauty of the Dove River. All safety gears are provided such as life jacket, helmet, wetsuit, shoes, gloves, and harness. Don’t know how to swim? It’s not necessarily required but it would be preferable for a more enjoyable experience.
Lost World Canyon Tour for Beginners
Duration: 4 hours
Cradle Mountain National Park is one attraction not to miss when visiting Australia. This park excursion offered by Experience OZ will make your visit even more worth it: it provides opportunities for you to experience not only the beautiful sceneries but also a chance to meet the locals, sample local produce, and even sightings of animals such as wombats and platypus. You will stroll along the Enchanted Forest Walk, and from the top, you’ll be astonished by the stunning Dove Lake. The sights can be overwhelming so be sure to bring your camera around for the ‘gram. The tour culminates at Ashgrove Cheese Farm where you’ll get to taste their famous Tasmanian cheese and other local produce. Snacks such as fresh fruits and picnic style lunch will also be provided to make sure you won’t get hungry during the whole trip. Enjoy!
Cradle Mountain National Park Tour from Launceston
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Let’s go somewhere far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Check out the hidden beautiful beaches of Bay of Fires with white sand and crystal clear blue waters with a perfect tour-ender of the freshest oyster tasting, while enjoying the view of the bay.
Bay of Fires Day Trip from Launceston
Duration: 9 hours 9 minutes
Travel more to discover yourself
It’s not only about discovering new places, but also getting to know what other things you can do while on a journey. Launceston may not be the most popular place to visit in the country of Australia, but it is one of the best places to explore with one’s self. Book a ticket to Launceston, Australia now!
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