Attractions

Top Choice Park in Launceston

Cataract Gorge

At magnificent Cataract Gorge, the bushland, cliffs and ice-cold South Esk River feel a million miles from town. At First Basin there’s a free (chilly) outdoor swimming pool (November to March), the world’s longest …
Top Choice Historic Site in Longford

Woolmers Estate

Joining nearby Brickendon on the list of the 11 Unesco World Heritage Australian Convict Sites, this pastoral estate on the Macquarie River was built by Thomas Archer in 1817 and remained in the ownership of the Arc…
Top Choice Historic Building in Evandale

Clarendon

Located next to the South Esk River, this 1838 mansion was built for wealthy wool grower and merchant James Cox. A Georgian gem, it looks like it’s stepped straight out of Gone with the Wind. Long the grandest house…
Top Choice Museum in George Town

Bass & Flinders Centre

Undoubtedly the highlight of a visit to George Town, this small museum in a former cinema houses a red-sailed replica of the Norfolk, the sloop used by Bass and Flinders for their 1798 circumnavigation of Van Diemen…
Top Choice Aquarium in Beauty Point

Seahorse World

At coo-inducing Seahorse World, eight species of seahorses are hatched and raised to supply aquariums worldwide. Access is via 45-minute guided tours, which run on the hour and take you through the aquarium, which i…
Top Choice Museum in Launceston

Queen Victoria Museum

The natural, social and technology-focused collections of the QVMAG are exhibited in this annexe housed in historic workshops in the restored and reinvented Inveresk Railyards precinct. The building itself is half t…
Top Choice Museum in Launceston

Queen Victoria Art Gallery

Colonial paintings, including works by John Glover, are the pride of the collection at this art gallery in a meticulously restored 19th-century building on the edge of Royal Park. Other works cover the gamut of Aust…
Historic Building in Launceston

Franklin House

A relatively short drive south of the city, Franklin House is one of Launceston’s most fetching Georgian-era homes. Built in 1838 by former convict and savvy businessman Britton Jones, it was extended in 1848 by sch…
National Park in Ben Lomond National Park

Ben Lomond National Park

As well as being home to Tasmania's best-equipped ski field, this park is popular with bushwalkers, who explore the flower-strewn mountain plateau in late spring and summer. The Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Servic…
National Park in Narawntapu National Park

Narawntapu National Park

There's wildlife aplenty in this coastal park 78km north of Launceston and 41km east of Devonport. Visit just on dusk and you’ll see Forester kangaroos, foraging wombats, wallabies and pademelons. There's plenty to …