Top things to do in Launceston & Around

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 Performing Arts in Launceston

MONA FOMA

Hobart's fabulous MONA is sharing the love: its annual summer music fest (aka MOFO) was split between Hobart and Launceston in 2018. Under the stewardship of Brian Ritchie, the bass-man from the Violent Femmes, the …
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 Modern Australian in Launceston

Geronimo

Launceston's most savvy eatery, with an up-to-the-moment menu of shared plates, wood-fired pizzas, a formidable wine list and bright interiors. The food is beautiful to behold and even better to taste – Middle Easte…
Top Choice Market in Launceston

Harvest

Excellent weekly gathering of organic producers and sustainable suppliers from around northern and western Tasmania. Craft beer and cider, artisan baked goods, cheese, Mt Direction olives, salmon from 41° Degrees So…
Top Choice Cafe in Beauty Point

River Cafe

On sunny days at the River Cafe the windows fold right back and the water feels so close you could touch it. The menu tempts with all-day breakfasts ($10 to $22), gourmet panini, pastas and a delectable array of loc…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Launceston

Design Tasmania Shop

Want to snaffle a souvenir to take home? The beaut shop at the Design Centre Tasmania stocks a huge array of artisan-made objects, with a particular emphasis on furniture and homewares made from local wood – a verit…