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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 outdoor swimming pool (November to March), the world’s longest single-sp…
Top Choice Museum in Launceston

Queen Victoria Museum

The natural, social and technology-focused collections of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) are exhibited in this annex housed in historic workshops in the the restored and reinvented Inveresk Railya…
Top Choice French in Launceston

Pierre's

Pierre’s Studio 54–style decor (striped velour walls, burnished mirrors, upholstered ceiling with gold stars) has gone from being dated to deliciously retro in recent years. It offers a menu of well-cooked classics …
Top Choice Cafe in Launceston

Seven Monks

The best breakfast in Launceston is served at this hybrid cafe and homewares store in out-of-the-way Kings Meadows. Eggs done in a variety of ways (we love the bacon-and-egg rolls) are accompanied by excellent espre…
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 (including locally baked Manu bread), cheese, Mt Directi…
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…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Launceston

Geronimo

Launceston's most sophisticated eatery, with an up-to-the-moment menu of shared plates and an impressive list of wines by glass and bottle. The food is beautiful to look at and even better to taste – flavours are Mi…
Top Choice Cafe in Launceston

Milkbar

Sixties retro cool and 21st-century hipster chic collide at Milkbar, which serves excellent coffee made with Ritual beans, organic tea, huge milkshakes, delicious sandwiches and homestyle cakes (love the jaffa slice…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Launceston

Design Tasmania Shop

Seeking to snaffle a souvenir to take home? The wonderful 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 – …
Top Choice Food in Launceston

Stillwater Providore

In the loft above Stillwater Restaurant at Ritchie’s Flour Mill you’ll find this excellent repository of good things for the home, kitchen, stomach and soul. There are shelves full of food and wine (and books about …