Local Attractions around Launceston, Tasmania
- Cataract Gorge Reserve - Launceston’s most striking feature is the Cataract Gorge, a piece of wilderness just a few minutes walk from the city centre. The 12 ha park containing the boulder filled gorge boasts more than 70 species of fauna native to the area. A chair lift joins cliff gardens with flowering rhododendrons and strolling peacocks. Visit this spectacular body of water surrounded by luscious green trees, fern glades and spacious lawns. http://www.launcestoncataractgorge.com.au/
- City Park - Located in the heart of Launceston is the beautiful City Park, featuring magnificent mature shrubs and trees, annual flowers, a Japanese Macaque Monkey enclosure, the John Hart Conservatory, a duck pond, a ‘senses’ garden, monuments, the historic Albert Hall, a BBQ area, the City Park train and a children’s playground.
- Franklin House - A charming Georgian house built in 1838 and restored by the National Trust.
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery - A display of some of the best collections of colonial art.
- National Automobile Museum of Tasmania - Come and experience the history, elegance and style of one of Australia's most significant motoring collections. The museum comes alive with four sensational theme displays each year as well as constantly changing exhibits in the main hall and a mezzanine floor packed with motorcycles.
- Seahorse Farm - There are other intriguing discoveries in the Tamar region. Towards the head of the Tamar is the world’s only seahorse farm where you can observe these remarkable sea creatures.
- Tamar Island Wetlands - A unique urban wetlands reserve just a ten-minute drive from Launceston. A short (500 metre) walk from the interpretation centre takes you to a bird hide with seating where you can observe wetland birds on the lagoon and enjoy a restful break. http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/attraction/tamarislandwetlandsreserve
- Tamar River - North from the city is the Tamar River and the Tamar Valley wine route, which follows both banks of the Tamar River. Discover cool-grape varieties such as Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir growing in the vineyards and winning wide acclaim. http://www.tamarvalleywineroute.com.au/
- Tamar Valley - Experience it, explore it, love it. A whole valley full of fine food and wine. Overloaded with history, heritage and natural attractions.
- Grubb Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum - Not far away in Beaconsfield is the Grubb Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum, a showcase of mining history.
- Clarendon House and Woolmers Estate - Clarendon House near Evandale is a beautifully preserved National Trust treasure, as is Woolmers Estate near Longford. At Woolmers Estate you will discover a time capsule of farming history showing how country life was in 19th century Tasmania.
Top Activities around Launceston
- Tamar River Cruises - Cruise the world-renowned Cataract Gorge and the Tamar River on the M.V. Tamar Odyssey. Take in the spectacular scenery.
- J. Boag & Son - Australia's Premium Brewer - The brewery tour provides a rich and ambient environment for visitors to relax and learn something about the history of our proud brewery, includes a museum of the brewery’s memorabilia giving an insight into the Boag’s family and the development of the Boag’s brands throughout the last century. Visitors can taste Boag’s beer and buy merchandise.
- Josef Chromy Cellar Door, Vineyard and Winery - Located at Relbia, a fifteen minute drive south of Launceston and just 10 minutes from the Launceston Airport. The Cellar Door is located in the estates original 1880s homestead, surrounded by an expanse of established landscaped gardens. On arrival the open log fire welcomes you and the views from the surrounding vineyards and lakes provide an idyllic location to relax and enjoy their variety of estate grown wines.
- Ghost Tours of Launceston City Centre - Allow yourself to be guided through the back lanes of Launceston and listen to the stories of murder and intrigue.
- Launceston Lakes Trout Fishing - Go fishing in four kilometres of shoreline in private waters. No licence required.
- Country Club Casino - Join in the action and excitement and try your luck at Launceston’s only casino. Or why not tee off a game of golf at one of Tasmania’s championship golf courses at the Casino?
- Launceston Golf Club - The oldest 18 hole golf course in Tasmania! The Launceston Golf Club has a proud reputation locally and interstate for the presentation of its facilities and as an excellent test of golfing ability.
- Riverside Golf Club - Located at 244 West Tamar Road, Riverside. This course has a fantastic 18 hole course, along with a Function Centre and Pro Shop.
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