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As Tasmania’s second largest city, The city of Launceston remains one of Australia’s lesser known cultural centres. Initially settled by the indigenous Letteremairrener people, Launceston was again colonised by European settlers in the 19th century, an influence still visible in the city’s Georgian and Federation-style architecture. Some of its most iconic structures include the Egyptian-styled Launceston Synagogue and the art deco Albert Hall. Since the days of colonialism, the city has undergone many technological changes including the mantle of being the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to use anesthetic, as well as the first in Australia to possess underground sewage systems and make use of hydroelectric power.

During your time in Launceston, there’s many things to see and do from art museums to day trips into the Tasmania Bush. Within the CBD, the Queen Victoria Arts and Cultural Centre is where you’ll find the region’s best art, as well as Tasmania’s only automobile museum. Alternatively, embark on a picturesque hike outside the city centre to Cataract Gorge and Cradle Mountain for views of the region or enjoy a swim in the natural wonders of the South Esk River. Outside the city, is where Launceston truly shines with the Victorian villages of the Tamar River, home to wineries and restaurants overlooking calm waterways and natural scenery.


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From $330 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.08
Language English
Average weekend price $15 per night
Average weekday price $17 per night
Average stay 1 night

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A great place to visit and shop as the shops are open longer...

January 31, 2023

A great place to visit and shop as the shops are open longer and more range and to more to explore and use Google maps as it's really helpful and it's better if you drive but if you don't the bus service is fantastic and was great when we were there and there's so much to see and explore at reasonable prices. It's better to book for some experiences.


Nice little town with beautiful surruondings - hikes,...

January 30, 2023

Nice little town with beautiful surruondings - hikes, wineries, the gorge. Ate mostly in the city with great local restaurants - seafood is a must. We booked a CarNextDoor for a day and moved around the region - Lavender field, Alpaca farms etc

pauline France

We were only in Launceston for two days and I think that was...

January 27, 2023

We were only in Launceston for two days and I think that was enough time there. It’s a beautiful place. Be mindful you have to pay for parking wherever you go. It’s a must to go to the Basin, Suspension bridge and chairlift. It has nice wineries around and the Cascade Brewery.

April Australia

A nice place to visit.

January 26, 2023

A nice place to visit. The weather was pretty good for this time of the year . We ,really enjoyed visiting the old car museum opposite,Peppers Silo; doing the Cataract George walks( The Basin and the Zig Zag);the Launceston Distillery ,the Spillway restaurant eating at Peppers Silo from the bar menu- crab roll as ,scallops and ribs and chips were fantastic. especially loved meeting Archie,their black Labrador,who lives there.

Richard Australia

Absolutely beautiful place to stay with so many places to...

January 11, 2023

Absolutely beautiful place to stay with so many places to visit. I love the Japanese monkies in the Botanical gardens and the flowers. Saturday market had fabulous variety of foods I love the Rasberrry Farm and love the drive to Hawley Beach near Devenport and up to Burnie. Great restaurants and arts and fabulous art galleries including DaDa Muse Salvador Dali exhibition Lots more so you need lots of time

Margaret Australia

The Problem was we arrived on Boxing Day.

January 2, 2023

The Problem was we arrived on Boxing Day... So...LOTS of Places were Closed... Had Difficulty finding a Brekky, Lunch & Dinner Place... Thank Heavens for Peppers Silo!! Smile... PLUS... The Next Day was a HOLIDAY... SO... Places Still Closed!! THANKS MudBar at Peppers Seaport for 2 GREAT LUNCHES!!!

Thomas Australia

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