One of Australia’s oldest towns, Launceston in Tasmania’s north is a picturesque city brimming with history and charm. While often outshined by its larger neighbour to the south Hobart, Launceston offers travellers plenty of reasons to make the journey north including delightful historical architecture, delicious regional produce and tonnes of natural beauty just on the doorstep.

Best Day Trips and Tours to Launceston

Travellers to the city can enjoy wandering the quaint streets lined with Colonial and Victorian architecture, stopping in at fanciful stores such the Old Umbrella Shop. Surrounded by fertile farmland, Launceston offers plenty of opportunities to tuck into the delicious local produce. Pick some up from the Harvest Market, or enjoy it prepared and served at any number of contemporary cafes and restaurants. With the Tamar Valley wine region just on the doorstep, you can sample a local drop at the wine bars that dot the city or enjoy a day out cellar door hopping.

The charms of the city can be explored in a day, and Launceston’s real treasures are the natural attractions that lay beyond the city. Cataract Gorge is an easy 20 – 30-minute walk from the centre of town and offers spectacular views from the scenic chairlift and suspension bridge, tranquil picnic spots and serene river swimming for those that brave the cool waters. Further afield, Freycinet and Lake St Clair National Parks are popular spots for hiking, wildlife spotting and getting amongst Tasmania’s untouched wilderness.

Our Launceston Tours

If you are starting in Launceston, our 2 Day Tasmania Tour with Wineglass Bay takes you to explore some of the island’s best beaches in Freycinet National Park. Admire the fiery-orange lichen covered rocks that give the Bay of Fires its name, enjoy a hike for incredible views over Wineglass Bay and observe little penguins on the beaches of Bicheno, before arriving in Hobart on day two. This tour is also available with a bus transfer from Hobart for the 2.5 hour journey north.

Travellers starting in Hobart can join the Tasmania Tour with Cradle Mountain to spend three days exploring the natural wonders of Mount Field National Park, Lake St Clair, Franklin River and Cradle Mountain before arriving in Launceston on the final day. The 5 Day Tasmania tour combines the 2- and 3-day tours to explore around the whole island or join the ultimate 7-day Tasmania tour to include trips to historical Port Arthur and Bruny Island. All tours include dormitory accommodation and are led by a fun and experienced local guide to show you the best of the Apple Isle!