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

St John’s Anglican Church

Address: 157 St John Street, Launceston

St John’s is one of the oldest churches in Tasmania with a rich history, and a growing congregation who are passionate about Jesus and making him known.

City Park

Address: Tamar Street or corner of Cimitiere and Lawrence Streets, Launceston

City Park is located in the heart of Launceston. This beautiful parkland features mature trees and shrubs, a display of annual flowers, a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, the John Hart Conservatory, a duck pond, senses garden, monuments, chess board, barbeque area and a children’s playground.

Gateway Baptist Church

Address: 22 Wellington St, Launceston

Gateway Baptist is an inner city church with a focus on mission, youth and partnering with migrant communities.

Windsor Park Riverside

Address: 1 Windsor Dr, Riverside

Windsor Park is a multipurpose ground and facility that is home to the Launceston AFL team.

Door of Hope Christian Church

Address: 50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston

Door of Hope Christian Church is one of Launcestons oldest and biggest buildings, having plenty of space and on-site parking.

Salvation Army

Address: 111 Elizabeth St, Launceston

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