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 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…
Brewery in Launceston

Boag’s Brewery

James Boag’s beer has been brewed on William St since 1881. See the amber alchemy in action on 90-minute guided tours; these include a beer and cheese tasting. Alternatively, order a beer paddle ($10) and afterwards…
Park in Launceston

City Park

There's loads going on at this shady park. It's home to enormous oak and plane trees, an over-the-top Victorian fountain, a conservatory, a Victorian bandstand and a playground for kids. Everyone loves the glass-wal…
Park in Launceston

Prince's Square

Prince's Sq once hosted military drills, public hangings and rowdy political meetings. These days, it's a lovely place to relax. There's a bronze fountain that was purchased at the 1855 Paris Exhibition and a statue…
Museum in Launceston

Launceston Tramway Museum

Launceston had trams until 1952, when the rails were ripped up and the carriages sold off. Now you can visit this volunteer-staffed museum to take a ride on the lustrously restored No 29, on a little track that runs…
Gallery in Launceston

Design Centre Tasmania

A two-wing building on the fringe of City Park, this impressive design centre incorporates an old church hall that now houses a shop specialising in handmade Tasmanian crafts, as well as a new purpose-built wing whe…
Museum in Launceston

National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

Rev-heads get pretty excited over the displays here – it's one of Australia’s slickest presentations of classic and historic cars and motorbikes. The 1969 Fiat Spider takes the cake.