Top things to do in Launceston

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 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 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 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…
Top Choice Bar in Launceston

Saint John

The 14 taps here get busy, pouring a vast range of craft beers for regulars of every age and social category. Out the back is an unexpected little food van plating up crispy chicken wings and lamb burgers you can ea…
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 Cafe in Launceston

Bryher

Bryher's super-appealing 1920s stained-glass shopfront and well-loved floorboards set the scene for a rootsy, meaty menu. The baked giant beans, black pudding, bratwurst and poached egg will resolve any hangover iss…
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

Stillwater

Still waters run deep at this historic flour mill on the Tamar (parts of which date back to 1832), where Stillwater serves laid-back breakfasts and lunches…then puts on the Ritz for dinner. The menu changes with the…