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Published February 27th 2016
Visiting Launceston? Check these fun attractions out
Launceston never fails to impress with its charm, natural wonders and friendliness. Whether you are passing by, visiting or live here, there is always something for you to see or do!
At times you only have a day to spare, so why not go out and explore this lovely city?
Below is a list of both free and ticketed attractions that you can enjoy in Launceston for a day.
1. Cataract Gorge Reserve & First Chairlift
When: All year round- for times see website. Where: 74-90 Basin Rd, Launceston Cost: Free entry- Chairlift: Details: This natural phenomenon in the heart of the city is a must see and do. Here you can take both a guided and self-guided walk, take a dip in the swimming pool, explore the natural gorge with lookouts or get on the world's longest chairlift! There is plenty to see and do. Click here for website.
The amazing natural phenomenon Cataract Gorge & First Basin Chairlift...
2. City Park When: All year round. Where: 44-55 Tamar St, Launceston Cost: Free
Details: This piece of haven is filled with tranquility and beauty with a diversity of offerings including a wonderful example of a botanic feature, towering European Oak trees, flower beds, monuments, enclosures, playground, walks, ponds, oversized chessboard, fountains, BBQ areas and a surprise to the park is an enclosure of Japanese Macaque Monkeys, these cheeky creatures can be seen daily from 8:30am-4:30pm. You can easily spend a whole day here! Click here for website.
3. Queen Victoria Museum & Gallery
When: Daily: 10am- 4pm (Closed on Good Friday & Christmas Day)
Where: Art Gallery: 2 Wellington St, Launceston & Museum: 2 Invermay Rd, Launceston
Details: Located on two key locations across Launceston. The Art Gallery showcases displays of contemporary, historical art and design. There are both temporary and long-term exhibitions including fine art, decorative arts and selected works and free guided walks every Sunday at 12 noon.
The Museum is home to the preserved railway workshops and the permanent exhibition Tasmanian Connections. The Museum also showcases dinosaurs, death masks, planes, artefacts, hands-on experience for kids, interactive science centre, free guided tours on Sundays from 1pm and more. Click here for website.
A view of Launceston from the Gazebo at the peak of Tamarhorn Lookout...
4. Franklin House
When: Monday - Saturday: 9am- 4pm & Sundays: 12pm-4pm (Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day)
Where: 413 Hobart Rd, Youngtown
Cost: Adults: $10pp & Children: $5pp
Details: Built by a former convict and successful business man Britton Jones in 1838, Franklin House is notable for its rich use of imported Australian Red Cedar. Here you can wonder around the gardens, visit the Victorian Kitchen Garden, search for the Patrick's Pails and explore the beautiful home on a self-guided tour. Click here for website.
5. Tamar River Cruises
When: See website for days and times.
Where: Home Point Cruise Terminal, Home Point Parade, Launceston
Cost: See website for all prices.
Details: Experience the history and excitement of Launceston with these amazing tours. The tours offer a historical journey on the Tamar River, spectacular views including views of the Cataract Gorge, birdlife and wildlife spotting and more. Click here for website.
6. The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
When: Daily: 10am-4pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Where: Cnr of Willis& Cimitiere Steets, Launceston
Cost: Adults: $12.75pp & Children under 16yrs: $7pp
Details: Whether or not you are a fan of automobiles, this musuem is a must see. The Museum spans over 100 years and features an impressive collection of traditional and contemporary automobiles, history, design, engineering and style, themed displays, changing exhibits and more. Click here for website.
7. Launceston Tramway Museum
When: Wednesdays- Sundays: 10am- 5pm
Where: 2 Invermay Rd, Launceston (opposite Queen Victoria Museum & Gallery)
Cost: Adults: $5pp & Child: $2pp
Details: The Museum features workshops, large modern display gallery, access to rail track running through the precinct, 1940's tram ride, gallery, and all things trams! Click here for website.
8. The Tamar Island Wetlands
When: All year round.
Where: West Tamar Rd, Launceston
Cost: $3pp & $6 per family of four.
Details: This attraction is one to add to the list and certainly not to miss! The urban wetlands reserve is a short (500m) walk from the interpretation centre and here you can witness wetland birds on the lagoon. There is a boardwalk to the island which is wheelchair accessible. There are talks and activities at the centre to enjoy also. Click here for website.
9. Scenic Drives
Where: Wherever the road takes you !
Cost: Free (unless you stop for fuel, food & etc)
Details: Hire a car and hit the road with a scenic drive across and around Launceston, stop at some of the best breathtaking lookouts, visit vineyards for wine tastings and explorations, pick fruit at the many orchids available, taste your way to the best culinary delights Tasmania has to offer, dip your toes into the soft sands at the beaches, discover the charms of towns on the way... It is amazing how many sites you can take in on a day's drive!
10. Wine Tours & Tastings
When: Anytime- see website for times & days available for tastings & tours
Where: See website
Cost: Free & Ticketed- see website
Details: Tasmania is most well known for some of the best wineries in the Country and most are within a short drive of Launceston. For all information see the Tamar Valley Wine Trail website and enjoy a day of all things delightful!