Here are a few favourite sites to visit around Launceston but visit Destination Launceston for a comprehensive guide to the city.
Our Facilities page has more information about council-owned attractions.
Just a short walk from Launceston's central business district, the Cataract Gorge is the jewel in the crown of our city's rich history. An ancient formation surrounded by native bushland, the Gorge has been a source of nature and recreation for as long as most can remember. Hike to Duck Reach Power Station, traverse the First Basin on a chairlift, meet the peacocks or take a dip in the pool: the Gorge offers something for everyone and entry is free. See Gorgeous Walks and Talks for information about monthly educational tours of the Gorge.
Launceston is the gateway to the superb Tamar Valley; a rich source of beauty, produce and talented people. Explore the rolling hills, vineyards and art galleries by car or wind your way by water on a guided cruise down the Tamar River.
The Launceston and Tamar Valley Tourism Association (LTVTA) is the peak body for businesses that service travellers in our region.
The body aims to promote sustainable tourism growth; leadership and coordination to the tourism industry; encourage participation and industry development; co-ordinate research, sharing insights and trends; provide a voice to Government at all levels, councils and other Tourism entities; and help facilitate the promotion and development of tourism in the region.
LTVTA provides benefits through membership in the following areas:
- Networking and sharing of information
- Education and training opportunities
- Showcasing local products and services at our expo
- Working with TNT to deliver benefits to members
- Assisting Councils and TNT to enhance the visitor experience
- Advocacy and representation of members interests and issues at local and state level
For more information please visit www.ltvta.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Relbia to Rowella, follow the trail of vineyards and cellar doors brimming with Tasmania's famous cool-climate wines. You'll meet the hard-working vignerons, the odd resident vineyard pooch and plenty of delicious drops. See tamarvalleywineroute.com.au for more.
Inveresk and the Queen Victoria Museum
This vibrant part of our city is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Once the the industrial heart of the City, Inveresk is now home to education institutions, performing arts spaces, cafes, an exercise track and the Queen Victoria Museum. Australia's largest regional museum, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) has two key sites: the Museum at Inveresk and the Art Gallery at Royal Park.
The Museum is where you'll find the QVMAG Tasmanian history and natural sciences collections and the Art Gallery is where you can experience ten galleries, the Guan-Di Temple and the ArtSparks! family art space.
Once a shipyard on the banks of the North Esk River, the Seaport precinct now offers accommodation and several eateries. Wander along the boardwalk from Home Point and find a restaurant or café to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner watching bobbing yachts and the occasional rower.