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Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city, after Hobart. A destination celebrated for its charming townships and elegant architecture, incredible food scene and access to unforgettable landscapes. Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, don't forget our Best Price Guarantee means you can be sure of booking at the best rate.
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Why visit Launceston

Ideally located in the famous "Valley of the Senses," Launceston exudes pure natural beauty. Many consider it to be Australia's most livable city, and the perfect mix of culture, art, food, and nature makes it easy to see why. With so much to see and explore within Launceston CBD and breathtaking natural wonders mere minutes away, this Tasmanian city is a bucket-list destination.

Best time to visit Launceston

The best time to visit Launceston is over Australia's summer period (December - February). This is when temperatures are at their most comfortable and also when many cultural events are hosted. This is Tasmania's busiest time and may include increased rates. If you want to visit over other seasons, the temperature is low however there is still plenty to see and do.

Getting around Launceston

The best way to get around Launceston cheaply is by public bus. There are many bus routes around Launceston which makes getting around Launceston via public transport easy. There is also a free tourist bus, the Tiger bus service, which takes visitors to some of the city's main points.

What to do in Launceston

Launceston is a cultural hub offering an eclectic mix of food, drinks, culture and nature. Combining historic with contemporary, Launceston delivers a European look with Australia's laidback, modern lifestyle. With no shortage of things to do around the CBD, or nature to admire outside of the city, Launceston is the ultimate holiday destination.

Free things to do in Launceston

Cataract Gorge
Start your holiday with a visit to Cataract Gorge, only fifteen minutes from Launceston CBD. With a huge pool and multiple cafés, you can sip your hot or iced coffee poolside while soaking up all the natural beauty. Take a trip on the chairlift for some of the most spectacular views you've ever seen.
Penguin spotting
Afterward, head on over to the Low Head Penguin Colony, where you can witness the cutest colonies of penguins in their natural habitat in a sustainable and animal friendly way. To add a little adrenaline rush to your day, take a tour through the forests via the treetops at Hollybank Treetops Adventure. If you're feeling really adventurous, consider the zip-line!

Fun things to do in Launceston

Explore the Tamar Islands Wetlands
Get out and about to the Tamar Islands Wetlands. Located North of Launceston, this estuarine, wetland ecosystem brimming with plant and animal life is perfect for nature and animal lovers, and those with kids. You can get around by strolling along the accessible boardwalk and enjoying Launceston's natural beauty.
Visit a winery
Experience a tasting tour at one of Launceston's most famous wineries, Josef Chromy Winery. Enjoy upscale dining, World-class wine, and picturesque views. For wine lovers, Launceston is home to many wineries, pick your favourite!

Where to eat & drink in Launceston

Tasmania's climate is perfect for making beer and wine so you are guaranteed a great experience at one of the many wineries or craft beer breweries spotted around Launceston. Visit Saint John Craft Beer Bar for a pick between 14 quality tap beers. While there's no restaurant on-site, you can BYO lunch, or in the evenings, there's a street food caravan for comforting food. If you're after a more upscale dining experience, waterfront restaurant Stillwater, housed in an old flour mill, offers modern tasmanian food made from local produce and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Where to stay in Launceston

Plan a stay at one of Accor's Launceston hotels or apartments, conveniently spread throughout the city. With locations on the water as well as in the heart of Launceston CBD, you'll find the perfect accommodation to suit your holiday needs.

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