Best Things To Do in Launceston, Australia

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Launceston, the twelfth largest city in Australia and the only inland city in Tasmania is a home to plentiful of historic buildings. Settled by European in the 19th century, Launceston is one of the oldest cities in the country and also has many attraction which one should visit. You can visit plenty of museums, enjoy some quality time at various well maintained parks and also attend one of two music festivals, for which Launceston is famous!

You can dine in various restaurants like Pierre’s and Jailhouse Grill. Soak in some historical moments at the Queen Victoria Museum or get bowled over by the world of astronomy at Launceston Planetarium. Other major attractions in Launceston also include Corella Court, Red Rooster Host Farm, Braemar House, Irish Murphy’s and Quadrant Mall.

Below we have a list of things to do in Launceston and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Launceston getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Launceston with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Launceston

Here is the list of things to do in Launceston and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Cataract Gorge Reserve

    4.7 (550 Votes)
    Cataract Gorge Reserve


    On approach, you’ll find the Basin Cafe, and a cottage filled with paintings and photographs of the surrounding landscape. There is also a swimming pool at this location. Right next to it is the Gorge Scenic Chairlift. The 457 meter chairlift that takes you over the Cataract Gorge and Basin has the the longest chairlift single span in the world. Below, you’ll see the waters of the S...Read more
  2. City Park

    4.7 (367 Votes)
    City Park


    This heritage city park has quite a diverse set of attractions. The standard decorations include playgrounds, picnic tables, fountains, a cafe, the Boer War Memorial and a cannon from the Crimean War in addition to other monuments. But as you stroll through the lovely pathways you also come across: The City Park train, called Lonnie the Loco, which is a favourite of all children The statue of ...Read more
  3. Queen Victoria Museum


    One of the largest museums in Australia, this place has a thorough and interesting collection of arts and artefacts relating to Tasmania, colonial history, and the natural sciences of the regions. There’s a zoology exhibit too. The best way to check out the museum is the Heritage trails, which leads you through 37 interpretation sites that collectively narrate the history of the site. The...Read more
  4. Tasmania Zoo

    4.2 (176 Votes)
    Tasmania Zoo


    The location of this resume feels very natural as it is that far outside the main city. Located on 900 acres of old-growth native bushland, the zoo is home to Tasmanian devils, emus, kangaroos, monkeys and apes, reptiles and more than 80 species of birds. Altogether there are over 1000 animals covering 100 species. Most of the traffic arrives during feeding time. A major children’s deligh...Read more
  5. J Boag And Son

    4.4 (193 Votes)
    J Boag And Son

    Brewery, Adults

    Founded in 1883, this brewery’s identity has become Inseparable from the identity of Launceston. This alone makes it worth taking the 60 or 90 minutes tour of the brewery. Obviously the tour would not be complete without a beer tasting at the end. Even if you don't have time for a full tour of the brewery it's still worth stopping in just to be able to have this heritage beer. The brews t...Read more
  6. National Automobile Museum Of Tasmania

    Museum, Automobile Museum

    Of the many attractions you came to Tasmania for a breathtaking car collection was probably not one of them. Covering historically significant and utterly stylish vehicles over the last 100 years this museum is a celebration of history and design. Check out the mezzanine floor and its beautiful selection of motorcycles. The exhibits are usually significant in some way to the history of Tasmania...Read more
  7. Tamar Island Wetlands Centre

    Outdoors, Conservation Centre

    This lovely preserve covers both the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre (close to the A7 highway) and the island itself, which can be accessed from the center by a boardwalk. Indeed, this is something of a nature trail, with the boardwalk and the trails on the island making up about 4 kilometers worth of walking tracks. The boardwalk to the island itself is about 1.5 kilometers long. Not only is the ...Read more
  8. Josef Chromy Wines

    4.5 (100 Votes)
    Josef Chromy Wines

    Food And Drinks, Winery

    Restaurants have to be something special to qualify as attractions. This lunchtime wine and cellar outfit, a 15 minute drive out of Launceston, set in an 1880s historic homestead, and located in the middle of vineyards and landscaped gardens, is exactly that. Not only do you get to try out various wines - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot, Gris, Sauvignon, Blancmade - made from the best o...Read more
  9. The Old Umbrella Shop

    3.8 (159 Votes)
    The Old Umbrella Shop

    Specialty Shop

    The R Shott & Sons. name has been synonymous with Launceston umbrellas for three generations now. This curious shop is one of the last of its kind in the city - and early 20th century store. The look of the shop has been preserved to reflect the time of its foundation. And though it is now technically a historical attraction, the shop does still sell umbrellas, which themselves are availabl...Read more
  10. Country Club Tasmania Casino

    Casino, Adults

    Head out to this place if you’re looking for some upscale fun. The casino, spread across two gaming floors, was opened in 1982. Serving up poker, sports bets, blackjack, federal baccarat, roulette, money wheel, and the standard fare of electronic gaming, this is as exhaustive a gaming experience as you can expect in Tasmania. Additionally, there are five restaurants and four bars at the e...Read more
  11. Harvest Launceston Community Farmers Market


    The freshest of Tasmanian produce is brought to this weekend farmer’s market every Saturday Morning. Mead, dairy, bread, fruit, wines, vegetables, eggs, and flowers are standard fare, all delicious. The set up itself is beautifully laid out, and a feast for the eyes. Plus, they offer coffee too, so do your shopping while sipping on a local brew. But the best part of the visit is probably ...Read more
  12. Franklin House

    4.4 (83 Votes)
    Franklin House

    Museum, History Museum

    This is Launceston’s only historic house museum. Built in Georgian style for one-time convict, later brewer and innkeeper Britton Jones, it is managed by the National Trust in Tasmania. The house itself was built by convicts. Between 1842-1866 it functioned as a school for boys, and a prominent one at that. It’s historic look has been preserved; the kitchen garden and the stables ar...Read more
  13. Moores Hill Estate

    4.4 (22 Votes)
    Moores Hill Estate

    Winery, Vineyard, Adults

    You cannot be said to have visited Tamar Valley without checking out at least one of its wineries. A 30 minute drive out from Launceston, the Moore’s hill estate family operated cellar door has some of the best wine to offer from the region - Sparkling, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé Pinot Noir, Cabernet Merlot - grown in a very agreeable climate of chilly winters and mild ...Read more
  14. The Town Clock

    3.5 (82 Votes)
    The Town Clock


    This century old clock with the old Launceston General Post Office at Civic Square chimes every quarter-hour. This is amusingly a source of great nuisance to the people who live in the clock’s immediate vicinity, who frequently complain that they can’t fall asleep with it chiming all the time. Still, efforts to take the clock down have failed and it continues to chime. Which is a go...Read more
  15. Entally Estate

    4.3 (46 Votes)
    Entally Estate
    The Premier of Tasmania from 1876 to 1877, Thomas Reibey, lived here. The estate is named after a Calcuttan suburb. For around half the year the historic homestead is open for touring for visitors who want to check out its library, furniture and silver collections. Call ahead of time to find out details about possible tea, wine and coffee tastings. The grounds of the estate are lovely too, with...Read more