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Top Choice Modern Australian in Launceston


Still waters run deep here – deep into the realm of outstanding service and excellent Mod Oz, that is. Beside the Tamar, in the renovated Ritchie’s Flour Mill (parts of which date back to 1832), Stillwater does laid…
Top Choice Park in Launceston

Cataract Gorge

A 10-minute wander west of the city centre is magnificent Cataract Gorge. The bushland, cliffs and ice-cold South Esk River here feel a million miles from town. At First Basin there’s a free outdoor swimming pool (N…
Top Choice Museum in Launceston

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Launceston's brilliant QVMAG spreads itself over two locations: the meticulously restored art gallery (colonial painting and decorative arts) on the edge of Royal Park; and the natural, social and technology-focus…
Top Choice Pub in Launceston

Royal Oak Hotel

Launceston’s best pub. We really don't need to expand on this fact, but it's hard not to – brilliant beers on tap, open-mic nights (last Wednesday of the month), live music Wednesday to Sunday and ballsy 1970s rock …
Top Choice Cafe in Launceston


'Melbourne is just a suburb of Launceston,' says the barista at this new cafe. If his coffee is anything to go by, he's not wrong because the sweet brew here is definitely Melbourne-worthy, as are the pastries, bagu…
Top Choice Bar in Launceston

Saint John

Hipsters rejoice! Bearded barmen pour craft beers from the taps here, the huge beer menu behind them listing your options in exhaustive detail. Out the back is an unexpected little food van, plating up Philly cheese…
Cafe in Launceston


Elaia – Charles St's pioneering cafe. Here's a list of everything you need to know: pizzas, pastas, risottos, salads, all-day breakfasts, alt-country tunes, hip tattooed staff, wrap-around bench seats, live music Fr…
Fish & Chips in Launceston

Fish ’n’ Chips

The late-afternoon sun on the upmarket riverfront deck here makes for a memorable meal. Seafood cooked fresh to order, plus salads, antipasto platters and wines by the glass. Kid friendly, too.
Cafe in Launceston

Fresh on Charles

Retro-arty Fresh offers an all-vegetarian/vegan menu that’s both delicious and environmentally aware ('food that remembers where it comes from'). Rock up for an energising breakfast, or linger over lunch, coffee and…
Seafood in Launceston

Hallam’s Waterfront

This place conjures up nautical vibes – like the inside of a very spacious yacht – with friendly service and super-fresh seafood, particularly crayfish. The seafood platter ($98 for two people) gets the big thumbs u…