Our top 10 Launceston attractions
1. Cataract Gorge Reserve:
Where wilderness meets the city, this unique site offers stunning vistas with plunging cliffs, a suspension bridge and chair lift, walking trails, quaint gardens and a restaurant with resident peacocks.
2. Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery:
Split across two sites, this is Australia's largest regional museum. The art gallery is in its original Victorian-era home at Royal Park while the museum is found in the redeveloped Inveresk railway workshops.
3. Franklin House:
Built in 1838 with convict labour, the beautifully restored Neo-Classical Greek Revival-style property is Launceston’s only historic house museum.
4. Tasmania Zoo:
Found in the beautiful Tamar Valley, this privately funded sanctuary is home to over 100 rare, exotic and native species, from crocodiles and penguins to meerkats and koalas.
5. Woolmers Estate and National Rose Garden:
This World Heritage Listed Convict Site provides a fascinating insight into Tasmanian heritage and colonial life. It is also home to one of the finest rose collections in the southern hemisphere.
6. Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre:
Journey back in time and experience the Tamar Valley’s colourful past with engaging hands-on displays and learn the incredible story of Todd Russel and Brant Webb at the Mine Rescue Exhibition.
7. City Park:
With a conservatory, duck ponds, towering English trees, monuments and a rotunda these lovely gardens are also home to a group of Japanese macaque monkeys.
8. National Automobile Museum of Tasmania:
Revheads start your engines and see one of Australia’s best privately owned displays of classic and historic cars and motorbikes.
9. Boag's Brewery:
James Boag’s beer has been brewed on the banks of the Esk River since 1881, using only pure Tasmanian water and natural ingredients and the informative brewery tour includes tastings afterwards.
10. Tramway Museum:
Take a tram ride back in time on the lovingly restored No 29 and discover the music, movies and events that where shaping Launceston in 1952, the year the trams stopped running.