Tasmania's second-largest city is one of only two in Australia to be named as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, and its Saturday farmers' market is among the best in the nation.
One of the country’s oldest settlements, Launceston has a strikingly well-preserved cityscape of architectural styles from Georgian to mid-20th century, dotted with beautiful city parks and strung along the banks of the North Esk River and kanamaluka / River Tamar.
The city’s cultural offerings are wide and diverse. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) is Australia’s largest regional gallery, while the likes of Design Tasmania showcase the craftsmanship of the state’s artisans and makers. Or you can take in a sporting event, with AFL matches played at the city’s UTAS Stadium.
Take a walk beneath the high walls of Cataract Gorge, dine on the riverfront, or cruise the Tamar’s waters. There’s every chance Launceston will rate among your favourite Australian regional cities.
Better bring an appitite
With four distinct seasons, abundant sunshine and rainfall, rich soil and seas, and a culture of innovation, the island produces everything from wine to whisky, saffron to truffles, abalone to wasabi.
Small island with a long history
It’s one of the few places on Earth with landscapes unchanged from the time of the ancient Gondwana supercontinent. It’s also a place of unique biodiversity, human culture that dates back 2000 generations, and some of Australia’s best-preserved colonial history.
Find your adventure
Mountains tower above walking tracks. Bike trails descend from mountains to sea. White-water rivers carry rafts into wilderness. Find deep caves. Tall forest. Bouts with trout.
Art on the edge
Across the island, communities have cultivated their own distinctive creative lives, influenced by history, inspired by nature and focused on a future shaped by shared stories and experiences.