Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston is Tasmania’s second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature. In fact, the whole region is jam-packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine and beautiful scenic highlights.

One of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks.

Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston’s star natural attraction.

There’s also plenty of culture on offer at art galleries, museums and local designer stores, not to mention the famous cool climate wines, local brews and fine dining that are the essence of the Launceston experience.

And for a little ‘home away from home’, why not catch a game of AFL at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium?

From Launceston, you can follow the Tamar River Valley north through Tasmania’s premium wine-growing region, past forested hills and farmland, lavender fields, vineyards, orchards and pretty riverside towns. Historic villages are found around every corner, from Longford on the outskirts of Launceston to Evandale, Ross and Campbell Town along the Heritage Highway south.

For those interested in wildlife, nearby Narawntapu National Park provides many opportunities to see Australia’s unique animals.

Launceston’s history began in 1804 when the commandant of the British garrison Lt. Col. William Paterson, set up a camp at Port Dalrymple, now known as George Town. A few weeks later, the settlement was moved across the river to York Town and in 1806 they finally settled in Launceston.

LOCAL TIPS

• Explore the majestic Cataract Gorge Reserve and take a river cruise, an ideal way to explore the Tamar River and wetland area
• Visit the Queen Victoria Museum, one of Australia’s best regional galleries
• Explore the streets to enjoy the historic architecture spread across our walkable city centre.

Launceston's Cataract Gorge
Launceston at night
Tamar River, Launceston
Dawn over the South Esk

Festival Venues around Launceston

Launceston Conference Centre


Address: 50 Glen Dhu Street, South Launceston

Launceston Conference Centre stands within sight of Launceston’s CBD. It’s one of the largest buildings in Tasmania with a rich history that involves so many Launceston families and beyond. There are two large auditoriums and free off-street parking.

QVMAG, Inveresk

qvmag
Address: Invermay Road, Launceston

The Inveresk site of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) is home to the preserved railway workshops and permanent exhibition Tasmanian Connections which reveals a range of stories as told by the Museum’s social history and natural science collections in six striking installations. Visitors can see dinosaurs, death masks, planes soaring high above and artefacts from Australia’s oldest merchant shipwreck, the Sydney Cove.

Tramsheds, Inveresk

Tramsheds
Address: Invermay Road, Launceston

At the Tramsheds we aim to create an atmosphere that provides a relaxed and comfortable experience in one of Launceston’s most versatile conference facilities. Conveniently situated in the Inveresk Precinct, which has evolved from a dramatic industrial past to a dynamic cultural future, the Tramsheds team pride themselves on delivering conferences, conventions, business and celebratory events to an exceptionally high standard.