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Comfortable walking shoes for exploring Tasmania’s second-largest city on foot, a jacket to keep warm and your appetite so you can sample as much of the local fare as you can fit. The rest will depend on the season you’re travelling as Launceston’s temperatures can vary significantly.
For a dose of history and culture, take a stroll through the charming streets of the city's centre and visit the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Heed the call of the wild and head to Cataract Gorge Reserve for breathtaking views and outdoor activities such as bushwalking, swimming and even a thrilling chairlift ride. Fond of a drop? Don't miss the chance to explore the nearby Tamar Valley wine region, where you can indulge in delicious food (and wine, obviously) while taking in the stunning scenery.
Launceston has something to offer all year round! The summer months (December to February) are ideal for outdoor activities such as bushwalking, swimming in the gorge and sampling the wineries. Autumn (March to May) brings beautiful foliage and cooler temperatures, making it perfect for scenic drives and picnics in the park. Winter (June to August) is for the ski bunnies and thrill-seekers, as you can hit the slopes at nearby Ben Lomond National Park. Finally, spring (September to November) is when the city comes alive with colourful blooms and festivals celebrating the region's food and wine.
Frolic through the fields at Bridestowe Lavender Estate, take a dip at The Floating Sauna in the mountains of Derby, head out for a scenic drive, spot wildlife at the Bay of Fires Conservation Area, hike amongst thousand-year-old trees at Cradle Mountain, ride the world’s longest single-span chairlift at Cataract Gorge, eat your way around Launceston’s famed foodie scene – the list really is endless!