Launceston offers many rewards for budget-conscious families looking for a quick getaway to the Apple Isle. Launceston is a boutique heritage city with outstanding natural attractions and some of the best wine and food in Tasmania. There are many family-friendly attractions in close range to the CBD.
While exploring the many Launceston attractions, you can base yourself at one of our Choice Hotels. The Clarion Hotel City Park Grand is a heritage boutique hotel superbly located right in the heart of Launceston’s CBD. The Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston is ideally situated amongst Tasmania’s earliest buildings and homes and was built in 1847. The Comfort Inn Coach House Launceston provides both business and leisure travellers with convenient access to many local points of interest. While the Quality Inn Edenholme Grange is a grand Victorian mansion set on secluded grounds, not far from the Cataract Gorge.
Settled in 1806, Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest cities with many well-preserved heritage buildings. Hear the chimes from the post office clock tower echo through the city. And enjoy the majestic Victorian classical architecture of the General Post Office and Albert Hall.
Launceston’s location in the Tamar Valley, 45 km’s South of Bass Strait and at the junction of the South and North Esk rivers and the Tamar River, provides many natural features to enjoy. It’s also surrounded by rolling hills and mountains including the Ben Lommond mountain range to the East – the location of Tasmania’s only fully developed snowfield. You can explore vast wilderness, historical sites, lavender farms, wineries, caves, rivers, orchards and gardens within close proximity. With Launceston airport located only about ten minutes (15 km’s) from the city centre, there’s more time for sightseeing and less spent sitting in traffic.
Only fifteen minutes from the city CBD, lies Cataract Gorge, offering a slice of Tassie wilderness and the chance to see roaming peacocks, wallabies and possibly echidnas! Cross the suspension bridge across the Gorge, ramble on one of the walking trails or enjoy the view from the world’s longest single-span chairlift.
A drive through the Emerald Hills of the Tamar Valley is another opportunity to enjoy some pristine countryside and take in riverside towns like Beauty Point. There’s also the chance stop off at boutique wineries, strawberry farms and breweries. Kids will love Platypus House and Seahorse World!
This drive allows a detour to Nabowla, the location of Bridestowe Lavender farm. In December and January the flowering fields of lavender are a spectacular sight!
For another adventure, ramble through the treetops on a high-wire canopy ride at Hollybank Treetops Adventure, 14 km’s north-east of Launceston. Or you can learn about Beaconsfield’s gold mining past at historic Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre (40 km’s north of Launceston).
The beautiful historical town of Evandale is a 20 minute drive away from Launceston. Here you can soak up the local culture at the popular Evandale Sunday Markets. Evendale has plenty to keep adults and children entertained with pony rides, face-painting and jumping castles and quirky handicrafts.
Further away, is the magical sight of glow worms and underground rivers at Mole Creek Caves (76km west of Launceston). Further afield lies Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, one of the most popular tourist sites in Tasmania and part of the UNESCO Wilderness World Heritage area.
Have a blissful time in Launceston!