Below is the list of top attractions across Launceston and its surrounding regions. There is something for everyone, from history to nature, galleries and museums, wilderness to architecture and much more.
1. Devoit Pontoon Where: Devoit Rd, Devoit Cost: Free Details: This is a popular pontoon on the Tamer Valley for fishing. It makes a great family-friendly day out with spectacular surrounding views and fishing opportunities. Click here for the website.
Details: This natural phenomenon is not only home to the natural wonder Cataract Gorge but to many breathtaking walking and hiking trails, the world's longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, peacocks and other wildlife, restaurant, kiosk and cafe, breathtaking gardens, suspension bridge, inclinator, lookouts and interpretation centre. Click here for my the article.
Explore the natural phenomenon at Cataract Gorge & First Basin
3. Low Head Pilot Station Where: 399 Low Head Rd, Low Head Cost: Free
Details: Established in 1805, Low Head Pilot is the oldest pilot station in Australia and is home to the oldest buildings of a pilot station in the country and the oldest Pilot and Signal Station Australia that has run continuously since 1833!
Take a walk around the area and absorb the breathtaking views and the tranquillity of this place. This site was gazetted as a Historic Site, making it a perfect attraction for history enthusiasts. Click here for the website.
4. Melita Honey Farm & Museum
Where: 33-39 Sorell St, Chudleigh
Cost: Free entry
Details: Located under 50-minutes from Launceston, this farm and museum offers free honey tastings, interactive activities at the museum, displays, ice-creamery and much more. Click here for the website.
Taste delicious honey and learn more about the cute bees at the Melita Honey Farm & Museum
5. Bradys Lookout
Where: West Tamar Hwy (A7) between Legana & Exeter
Details: This picturesque Lookout is located between scenic towns of Legana and Exeter and is an approx 30-minute drive from Launceston. Tamar River can be seen winding out to the sea with surrounding lush bushland and the mountains backdrop, making this Lookout one attraction not to miss! Click here for the website.
6. Maritime Museum
Where: 399 Low Head Rd, Low Head
Cost: Adults: $5pp, Children: $3pp & Family: $15
Details: The Museum is located on the scenic Low Head Peninsula and in the Low Head Historic Precinct, which is Australia's oldest pilot station, dating from 1806! The museum features an extensive display of relics from the days of sail and steam, interactive hands-on exhibits, operating engine room telegraphs, sounding fog horn, and much more. The museum is open all year round (Closed Christmas Day) 10am-4pm. Click here for the website.
The Maritime Museum is a great way to learn about marine history.
7. Lagoon Bay
Where: Off Low Head Rd-E Tamar Hwy, Low Head
Details: This family-friendly attraction offers breathtaking views of the Low Head region. Lagoon Bay is a safe swimming beach and many water activities can be enjoyed here too. Click here for the website.
8. First Basin Chairlift
Where: Cataract Gorge & First Basin Chairlift, 69 Basin Rd, Cataract Gorge, Launceston
Cost: Adults: $15pp return trip or $12pp single trip, Children: $10pp return trip or $8pp single ride.
Details: If you are seeking some adventure, then the world's longest single chairlift will certainly tick that box! First Basin Chairlift was built in 1972 over the awe-inspiring and natural phenomenon- Cataract Gorge. The Chairlift covers around 457-metres with the span of 308-metres. Click here for the website.
9. Low Head Lighthouse
Where: Lighthouse Rd, Low Head
Details: Low Head Station was established in 1833, making this attraction the third lighthouse to be built in Australia and second in Tasmania! The Lighthouse stands at 19-metres and overlooks the magical ocean with the Low Head region surrounding it. Click here for the website.
Low Head Lighthouse is one attraction not to miss.
10. Batman Bridge
Where: Batman Hwy, Sidmouth
Details: Architectural buffs will be in awe with one of the world's first cable-styled truss bridges! Batman Bridge is known to be one of the most spectacular bridges created by man, making this attraction one not to miss. The bridge was opened in 1968 and is dominated by the 100-metre high steel A-frame tower measuring 206-metres long. Click here for the website.
11. Sheffield Murals
Details: Sheffield is known as the 'Town of Murals'. As you walk the streets you will discover an array of spectacular and beautiful murals which are painted on the side walls of most of the buildings throughout the quaint town. Experience history and art as you wander through Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery of murals. Click here for the website.
Be inspired with the Muriel's at the quaint town of Sheffield.
12. Low Head Penguin Tour
Where: 485 Low Head Drive, George Town
Cost: Adults: $22pp & Children: $10pp
Details: Low Head Penguin Tour is an absolute must-see attraction when visiting Launceston (under 40mins drive from Launceston). The tour offers pristine beach views, guided tour which takes you to the viewing platform, walk on the beach as you witness the very adorable Little Blue Penguins and Fairy Penguins in their natural habitat. Click here for the website.
13. King Solomon's Cave
Where: 1535 Liena Rd, Liena (near Mole Creek)
Cost: Adult: $19pp, Children (4-17yrs): $9.50pp & Family (2 adults & 3 children): $47.50
Details: Discover the hidden and magical underground world with various formations of spectacular limestone that started to evolve some 400-million-years ago! The 45-minute to an hour tour takes you through really tight and squashy, temperature dropping walk under the picturesque caves with some rock formations resembling diamonds. Click here for the website.
Explore the beauty and the hidden underworld at King Solomons Cave.
14. Bush Maze
Where: Glengarry Bush Maze, 48 Jay Dee Rd, Glengarry
Cost: See Website.
Details: The Glengarry Bush Maze is the perfect family-friendly attraction, as you try to find your way to the gazebo through this unique hedge maze set amongst the scenic natural Tasmanian bush. There are bushwalks and games to be enjoyed too. Click here for the website.
15. Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
Where: 2 Invermay Rd, Launceston
Details: The Museum & Art Gallery is located on two sites: the 1870s era railway workshop at Inveresk and the 1891 Royal Park Art Gallery building on Wellington Street. Here you will find exhibits, displays, interactive displays, Phenomena Factory which is interactive science centre providing plenty of hands-on experiences, colonial art, decorative arts and design, Tasmanian history, artefacts including Australia's oldest merchant shipwreck, dinosaurs and much more. Click here for the website.
16. York Town
Where: Off Bowen's Rd, York Town (Beaconsfield)
Details: Founded in 1804, York Town Historic Site is the fourth oldest British settlement sites in Australia! This attraction is not just for history buffs, it is also a haven for bird watching enthusiasts- York Town is home to around 60 bird species. Click here for the website.
17. Tamar Valley Wetlands
Where: West Tamar Rd, Riverside (Launceston)
Cost: $3 voluntary donation.
Details: The unique urban wetlands is a short and easy 500-metre walk from the interpretation centre and features a spectacular opportunity to spot out wetland birds on the lagoon. The boardwalk is wheelchair and pram accessible, making it the perfect family-friendly attraction for all ages to enjoy. There are other bushwalks to enjoy here too- 3.2km in total. Click here for the website.
18. Gardens & Parks
Where: See website for locations.
Details: Launceston is home to some of the most scenic parks and gardens. With some featuring breathtaking views of Tamar Valley, bushwalks, nature walks, dog-friendly, lakes, gardens, wildlife and bird watching opportunities, picnics, and much more. Click here for the website.