Top 5 things to see in Launceston

Vibrant lavender fields provide picture-perfect photographic opportunities | Tourism Tasmania & Bridestowe Estate
Vibrant lavender fields provide picture-perfect photographic opportunities | Tourism Tasmania & Bridestowe Estate
Here, we look at the Top 5 things to see in Launceston and surrounds. Launceston is situated to the north of Tasmania, and is the starting point of many of our trips in the north and east of the island. This charming riverside city is famed for its historic streetscapes, Cataract Gorge walking trails, panoramic views, and excellent food and wines. If you have a few days to spare before or after your Tasmanian adventure, there are a number of sights, activities and destinations you can visit to make the most of your stay in Launceston. Whether you choose to jump in a car and explore the lavender fields out of town, explore the many walking trails of Cataract Gorge, stroll along the boardwalk at the Tamar Island Wetlands, or join one of the many exciting day activities in the area, there is a lot to see and do.  


Descend Ben Lomond by bike

In the north east of Tasmania stands a proud dolerite peak, Ben Lomond. With its ski field at the summit it is already an adventure playground, however the road to the summit is what gets mountain bikers very excited. The road, known as Jacob's Ladder, descends over 1000m from the 1450m summit. Switch backs, hairpin bends, gravel roads and even some single tracks ensure this is a big day out on the bike. The provision of mountain bikes, helmets, safety gear and vehicle support ensure all you need to bring is an appetite for adventure. If it takes about 20 minutes to drive up the only road to the ski village on Ben Lomond, how long does it take to get down? Find out for yourself on this exciting day tour. Read more.

Rock Climbing in Cataract Gorge

Tasmania has a reputation for world class rock climbing on the famous Dolerite crags. There are over 900 recorded climbs in Launceston's Cataract Gorge alone. Join local climbing guides on a great day on the crag. The climbing will be tailored to suit your experience and ensure a great day of fun and adventure. From first-time beginners through to advanced rock climbers, half and full day climbing trips are arranged on request. Find out more.

Visit Cataract Gorge

Without a doubt, one of the top things to see in Launceston is Cataract Gorge; a ruggedly beautiful reserve in Launceston city, about 15 minutes walk from the CBD. With its vibrant body of water, rocky riverbanks, many walking trails, suspension bridge and the Southern Hemisphere’s longest chairlift, it’s an area one could easily spend hours walking through, relaxing in and exploring. In the summer months, visitors can choose to swim in the public pool by the gorge or relax on the grassy picnic areas complete with barbeques, undercover areas or restaurants. Spend afternoons strolling the walking trails that range from footpaths, to steep walking tracks on the southern section of the gorge.

Tamar Island Wetlands

Take a short 10-minute drive to the Tamar Island Wetlands and you’ll soon find yourself in a haven for nature lovers. The wetlands ecosystems provide perfect conditions for birdlife to thrive, with swallows, ducks, black swans, pelicans and great egrets frequently spotted. It’s not uncommon to see frogs and snakes in summer, as well as Padmelons peeking out from the surrounding grasslands. Spend an afternoon strolling along the boardwalk and soaking up the tranquil lagoons and peaceful views of the Tamar River.

Visit the Lavender Fields

If you’re visiting Launceston during December and January, one of the most spectacular day trips is the short drive out to the Bridestowe Lavender Farm. During these months over 260 acres of lavender fields are in bloom, with fine fragrance of lavender scent drifting through the wind. Stroll through the landscaped gardens as you snack on lavender scones, lavender icecream and other lavender infused snacks from the cafe.


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