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Best things to do in Launceston for an unforgettable trip

A picturesque location in the northeast region of Tasmania is the city of Launceston. The city gives you a lively yet laid-back, and traditional yet modern feeling. The city offers plenty of things to see and experience, which satisfies every one of us. From stunning scenery, inspiring historical sites, captivating art galleries, mouth-watering food and drinks, you will find everything in Launceston. To help you plan your trip Launceston, we have curated some of the best things to do in Launceston. 

Best things to do in Launceston 

Cataract Gorge Reserve in Launceston

I’m sure you would’ve noticed this name quite often while reading or hearing about Launceston. Located just 1.5kms away from the city centre, this popular tourist attraction takes no more than 15 minutes to reach. And if you want, you can also walk to the Cataract Gorge. The Cataract Gorge is a perfect place for one to go hiking, swimming, experiencing the panoramic views, and even relishing delicious food. 

Cataract Gorge Reserve in Launceston
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And for those of you who just want to relax, enjoy uninterrupted views and maybe take a few Instagram-worthy photos, hop onboard the Cataract Gorge chairlift. After you’re done, you can grab a quick bite at the cafe on the southern side of the reserve. The Cataract Gorge is free of cost and it tops the list of best things to do in Launceston. 

Low Head Penguin Colony Tour

Are you a wildlife lover? Do you wanna see cute little penguins waddle up the beach? Head to Coastal reserver at Low head to witness Australia’s most unique species of Penguins. In here, you’ll find several colonies of little blue penguins, which are the smallest penguin species in the world. 

Penguin Colony in Launceston
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Once you reach the pristine beach, you will find viewing platforms, where you can witness these tiny penguins. You get to see how these penguins swim to the surface, stand up and waddle up the beach and return to the burrows built by them. Personally, for me, this is one of the best things to do in Launceston. 

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

For art lovers and history buffs, Launceston is the most ideal place for you to visit. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery are one of the best things to do in Launceston if you wish to learn more about history and art. The Art gallery located at the Wellington street consists of 10 different galleries that showcase Tasmanian art from the Colonial era to the present. You’ll find historic photos, decorative art, international paintings and much more. 

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery in Launceston
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The Queen Victoria Museum located on Inverness street is home to collections from the early colonial days. If you’re travelling with kids, be sure to visit the Planetarium and science section for interactive displays. You don’t need an entry fee to visit these places.  

Hollybank Wilderness Adventure

Some of you must be wondering if there’s anything fun to do in Launceston. Yes, there is. The Hollybank Wilderness Adventure is a whole new way of exploring the Tasmanian forests. There are multiple thrill-seeking outdoor adventure sports for all you adventure junkies. This place is for sure one of the best things to do in Launceston. 

Hollybank Wilderness Adventure
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The best way to combine adventure and scenery is by taking the 2.5 hours zipline adventure, wherein, you will take off on a thrilling adventure by zipping from tree to tree in a canopy. Yet another adventure that combines thrill and nature is the self-guided rope course that lets you cross wobbly bridges, crawl through nets and balance a tightrope. You can also choose mountain biking, and segway tours to explore the wilderness. 

 Josef Chromy wines in Launceston

When in Australia, grab a glass of wine. And when in Tasmania, grab a glass of wine from Josef Chromy Wines. Located just south of Launceston, Josef Chromy Winery is one of the finest cellar doors in Australia. You’ll not only fall in love with their award-winning wines, but also with the gourmet restaurant and stunning scenery. 

 Josef Chromy wines
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You can opt for the guided wine tasting tour, wherein they explain the process of winemaking followed by a tasting and some delicious lunch. This behind the scenes tour of Josef Chromy Winery is one of the best things to do in Launceston. 

If you want to add a little countryside and old-world experience to your Australia itinerary, then be sure to visit Launceston. There are several best things to do in Launceston that you shouldn’t miss out on. 

So go ahead and start planning your vacation to Australia. You can either choose from the Australia packages available on Pickyourtrail website or you can reach out the destination experts for more assistance. 

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