Launceston Travel Guide

  • Cataract Gorge
    Cataract Gorge
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    Chapel - Entally House
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  • Endangered green and gold frog
    Endangered green and gold frog
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Launceston Things to Do

  • Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre

    In 2006 there was a rock fall in a gold mine at Beaconsfield some 42 km north of Launceston and close to the West Tamar Road (A7). That rock fall was 950 metres underground and killed one miner and trapped in a rock tomb 2 miners Todd Russell and Brent Webb for 2 weeks. Australia held its breath and I woukd assume the events of freeing those...

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  • Queen Victoria Museum – Blacksmith Shop

    In July 1994 the former railway workshops at Inveresk closed down and left a huge legacy of buildings, all of which were centred on the Tasmanian Railways. Most of the buildings are closed to the public and I could only wonder at their contents.One building that has been left as it was the day the men finished their last shift is the Blacksmith...

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  • Queen Victoria Museum

    To give it the full title the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is a great asset to Launceston. Their own web site states: ‘Australia's largest regional museum.’ Having spent over 3 hours at one of the two major sites, I can understand that proud claim. We visited the QVMAG Museum at Inveresk and that included time in the Blacksmith Shop...

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  • Cataract Gorge Chairlift

    Sadly Lady Gaw is a wimp when it comes to anything that defies gravity. Chairlifts, Ferris wheels, roller coasters and the like are top of the list of, ‘I don’t do’s. As a result poor unfortunate Sir Gaw had to go on the excellent Cataract Gorge chairlift with no one to talk too, but the ride and the resultant scenery really was worth-while.I...

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  • Spectacular Cataract Gorge

    Cataract Gorge really is a must see attraction for visitors to Launceston. The gorge was the reason for the citing of the city as boats were unable to navigate any further up stream along the very wide but shallow Tamar River. The gorge area really is in 2 parts – the almost natural bush land section with the spectacular gorge running through. The...

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  • Batman Fawkner Inn

    I visited the Batman Fawkner Inn for no other reason than the historical significance to my own city of Melbourne, Australia. It was in the hotel that formally stood on the site of the Inn that the founding fathers of Melbourne met with the intention of setting up a settlement.By 1835 much of the good land in northern Tasmania had been taken up and...

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  • Old Umbrella Shop

    The National Trust throughout Australia and many other countries keeps alive and as intact as possible all manner of old buildings, many of which are kept open as museums (I’m also a volunteer National Trust guide at a location in my own city)The old shop is now operated as a retail museum, “the shop now houses displays about the family, umbrellas...

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  • Launceston Tram Museum

    I’m sorry to admit that we did not go to the Launceston Tramway Museum, but rather drooled over a beautifully restored tram and chattered to at least 2 of the hard working volunteers who were busy with secret men’s tram business outside.Admission price to the museum includes a ride on the ‘old rattler’ as per photo above. Nearly all trams around...

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  • City Park

    Wonderful park. Why don't you drop in here while everyone else is over at Cataract Gorge? There's Japanese macaque monkeys, Design Centre, John Hart Conservatory (with beautiful orchids) and a lovely park to boot. At one edge is the Albert Hall, another of Launceston's architectural delights.

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  • Motorcycle Museum (& Harley Davidson)

    Just outside of town, there is a Harley-Davidson dealer. Aside from the bike enthusiasts and possible collectors of H-D, it is a worthwhile stop for those who appreciate old motorcycles. Upstairs in the shop, there are more than a dozen old vintage and rare motorcycles and even H-D bicycles on display.Cost is free and visitation is during normal...

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  • Shopping Street full of Pillows and...

    In all the items here on VT in the list of things to do, nobody really commented on the downtown pedestrian shopping streets. Even if you don't need to go shopping, its a good idea to stretch the legs on these easy streets and get a feel for the town.If you research the town, you may learn that there are some ghost tours. Now someone obviously must...

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  • VISIT THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    LAUNCESTON When arriving in Launceston ..first thing to do is visit the Tourist information Centre where I found friendly advice as to what to see and do..There are road maps of the city and outlying areas clearly showing all major attractions and giving you all the information that you will need..I booked my tour of the BOAG Brewery here..

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  • Art Gallery

    This Victorianate building opened in 1891 as Launceston's Museum and Art Gallery. It bears the title "Museum" across the main entrance still but these days is much more art gallery, having been designated as such in September 2011.At the same time it re-installed the popular Guan-di Temple which holds stuff from many temples in north east Tasmania...

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  • Uniting Church

    This originally was the Methodist Church and is situated at the corner of Balfour and Margaret Streets and was established in 1838

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  • 1842, nee Johnstone and Wilmot

    "1842" occupies one of Launceston's oldest commercial buildings on the corner of St John and Cimitiere Streets (just across from the Tourist Information Centre) in the CBD. The retail showroom is in the original Counting House of Johnstone and Wilmot's wholesale grocery business, while the furniture workshop and exhibition space is in the unusual...

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Launceston Restaurants

  • Sensational Indian cuisine

    The service was friendly and efficient.The dishes we chose were so delicious that we researched the recipes after dining here. We shared Palak Gosht (or Ghosht Palak) which is a lamb with a spinach based sauce, and a cottage cheese and capsicum dish in a hot capsicum and tomato based sauce, saffron rice, some naan breads - Paneer naan (with cottage...

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  • Delicious Thai curries

    We chose a beef in red curry and a chicken in yellow curry, and shared a special fried rice. there is a choice in respect to the heat of the curry. The staff were very friendly, and the service was very efficient, and the food was delicious. Borte also had a cocunut juice. The beef in red curry also had lots of vegetables with beef in the curry...

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  • Jin Xing Chinese Restaurant

    By Melbourne standards, Tasmanian restaurants seemed to close very early – and perhaps this is indicative of what I wrote on ‘A Beginners Guide to Tasmania.’ Tassie is about 20 years behind the rat races of Sydney and Melbourne – and I repeat this is a compliment to Tasmania.We had wanted a ‘special’ place for our last night in Tasmania and on the...

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Launceston Transportation

  • City Center to/from the airport

    There is a shuttle bus at the airport that should be waiting at the arrival of all flights. Cost is free for kids under 4, $5 for children, $14 for adults.Alternatively it is about a $30 taxi.Of course if you need on-going transportation, rental cars are available.

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  • Devils Playground Ecotours

    Great day-trippers from Launceston. Suitable for students and folks on a budget. Get to mingle with the mainly young (hostelite) crowd and get to go places cheaper.My group took 1 day-trip with them: The Waterfalls, Caves & Wildlife day tour for A$80 (circa 2001). Please see the tips under Mole Creek.

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  • Getting to-&-fro Airport

    There is a shuttle bus running to-&-fro the airport. The 1 way journey is A$14 (circa Dec 08) and there is no savings from buying a return ticket.You'll have to call and book the service.

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Launceston Shopping

  • Clock Wise Tasmania

    Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating would just love to visit this shop full of clocks of various sizes, ages and prices – although I seem to remember that Paul liked antique French clocks – and these seemed to be available too.Our first contact was not awe inspiring as we’d seen a sign on the door, ‘CLOSED.’ Although we could see someone...

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  • The shopping arteries

    Most of shopping activities are centred around Brisbane Street Mall and The Quadrant, both within walking distances from each other. The main departmental stores, MYERS, target & Best & Less are all located here....along with boutiques, bookstores, restaurants, cafes and banks.Be-warned: It's NOT the world's biggest shopping area...afterall,...

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  • Tassie Kitsch all in one place!

    Ritchie's Mill was opened in the 1840's as a water driven flour mill. As times and technologies changed, the need for the mill was no longer on the forefront. Luckily enough for this building though, it is all about location!Located now in its place is a nice little community of shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. The Mill Providore and Gallery...

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Launceston Local Customs

  • National Penny Farthing Championship

    3rd weekend in February The Evandale Village Fair is held annually and features a full program of Penny Farthing racing including the National Penny Farthing Championship. The streets of the village come alive with stalls and street entertainers, creating the ambience of a colonial country fair.The one day event, is held each February. The emphasis...

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  • An example of housing in Launceston

    This is not a cultural tip exactly, but I just wanted to show you a pic of one of a whole strip of houses I found, built high backed flush against rocky cliffs in Launceston (not far from the tourist attraction of Pennyroyal Village).I'd never seen two storied Victorian and Edwardian houses anywhere else before, and they were rather attractive in...

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Launceston Tourist Traps

  • Gindelward - Mock Swiss Village

    If you happen to be ‘in to’ fake Swiss villages set in the Australian landscape then this is the place for you. OK I must admit it was a very quiet Thursday morning when we visited and spent about 25 minutes wandering around. There’s a min-golf course for those who do mini golf and a bigger golf course for those who do big golf and lots of other...

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  • September 1st!

    September 1st is a very important date in the tourism industry for Tasmania. It seemed as though while we were enjoying the attractions of the state, we ran into difficulty finding sites that were open!September 1st is the official start of the spring season in Launceston also; places like Penny Royal World are closed over this period. Make sure...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Launceston Off The Beaten Path

  • Narawntapu (2)

    This is what the National Parks people have to say about the place: "Narawntapu National Park (formerly known as Asbestos Range National Park) is a place of peace for people and wildlife alike. It stretches from the low coastal ranges to the long Bass Strait beaches, and includes an historic farm, a complex of inlets, small islands, headlands,...

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  • Narawntapu National Park (1)

    I decided to do the Springlawn Nature Walk and thus tick my 19th box on the excellent “60 Great Short Walks” brochure. The walk goes to a bird hide deep in a swamp. It states that it “meanders through a paper bark swamp forest along a raised boardwalk”. Turns out the total length of the boardwalk is around 50 metres of the 700 and it’s a sandy but...

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  • LOW HEAD PILOT STATION

    The Pilot Station and Maritime Museum are located at Low Head which is on a tip of Tasmania where the Tamar River enters the Ocean.The pilot station has been in continuous use since 1807. It's a collection of white painted cottages in a beautiful setting beside the river. The Maritime Museum occupies the 1835 Pilots Row, the oldest and largest...

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Launceston Favorites

  • Some places to stay

    Situated in the heart of Launceston, Apartments At York Mansions is an imposing National Trust classified, 1840's Georgian Mansion with a large private garden dominated by an impressive English Oak of such age and branching grandeur, that it too, has been classified by the National Trust..The apartments were restored using decorative painting...

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  • Historic architecture

    I took many shots (nothing new there) of several of the historic buildings in Launceston but have had much difficulty tracking down their provenance.However, many of Launceston's finest are listed in a brochure that can be obtained for free from the Tourist Information Centre.Located at 34-38 Paterson Street, the Pilgrim congregation welcomes...

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  • You can bank on it

    Located at 81 Cimitiere Street, Launceston is a heritage listed building that had been vacant for two years. It was founded back in 1883 as the Baptist Tabernacle church and was unwanted. These days, spruced up by the world's largest rural bank, it shines its light once more upon Cimitiere Street.

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