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Launceston - Things to do

Launceston is a town in the north of Tasmania, the smallest state of Australia. With nearly 70,000 inhabitants, Launceston is the second town in numbers, after the capital Hobart. 

Launceston is home to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and the town is the gateway to wineries of the Tamar Valley.


Especially for Australian standards, Launceston has quite a cold climate. Even during summer (January and February), the temperatures here can drop below 15 degrees. Still, Launceston sees 2500 sunshine hours annually and is, therefore, a sunny destination! 


Launceston is also a starting point to discover the northern part of Tasmania and the East Coast, regions that are fabled for waterfalls, hidden bays, and lagoons. When you book a 4-day tour of the East Coast, you’ll enjoy a jam-packed program with all the stellar locations that border the Tasman Sea. Watch the forces of the waves at the magnificent Tasman Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen rock formations, and go on an excursion in Port Arthur and Bruny Island. This journey starts in Launceston and ends in Hobart.


If you pick the 2-day version of this East Coast tour, you’ll still be able to capture the absolute highlights!


The other side of Tasmania shouldn’t be overlooked either. From Launceston, you can jump on a rollercoaster 3-day tour of the West Coast, and dig deeper into the jewels of nature. This expedition brings you to enchanting places such as Russell Falls, the Henty Dunes, and Mount Field National Park with its rich biodiversity. Just keep in mind that this tour starts in Hobart, and ends in Launceston.


Cradle Mountain is one of the most favoured destinations of travellers based in Launceston. This summit is protected within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and rises up to 1545 metres above sea level. During the Cradle Mountain tour, several scenic walks through the park and a stop at the charming town of Sheffield are included.


Heaps of backpackers continue onwards to Hobart or rather travelled to Launceston from the capital. In Hobart, you can book a day tour of the city or visit Wineglass Bay.