Accommodation in Launceston

Situated in north Tasmania, Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city. It is one of Australia’s oldest cities and is home to many historic buildings.

Launceston – approximately 250 km north of Hobart, with 75,000 inhabitants, is the second largest city of Tasmania. It is in a beautiful location in the north to the Tamar River. The town owes its wealth to the discovery of minerals at the end of the nineteenth century. Walking through the center, you will relive the history at the sight of the beautiful Victorian homes of that era.

Launceston is the second oldest city in Australia (Sydney and Hobart) and includes several beautiful historic buildings. It is the commercial center for Northern Tasmania. The town is a charming blend of old Victorian buildings, parks, gardens and promenades and is also fun to stroll through. Besides several interesting museums, amusement Penny Royal World and wineries is fantastic natural setting, the main reason to go to Launceston.

More information about Tasmania

Salamanca Market, Tasmania1. Salamanca Market

Every Saturday in Hobart a popular spot is the Salamanca Market where you can buy anything from handmade crafts to clothing and fresh fruit and organic vegetables – there is always great music and buskers as well. Find Out More >

Port Arthur, Tasmania2. Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement in Tasmania. It is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas consisting of eleven penal sites. After the American War of Independence Britain could no longer send her convicts to America, so after 1788 they were transported to the Australian colonies. Find Out More >

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania3. The Overland Track

The iconic 65km six day bush trek from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair is one of Australia’s most favorite walks. Find Out More >

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania4. Wine Glass Bay

Wine Glass bay is voted one of the top 10 beaches of the world. Located on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula this pristine white sandy beach with sapphire colored sea is a stunning spot not to be missed. Find Out More >

Blowhole, Tasmania5. Blow Hole and Tasman Arch

These two unusual geological formations can be found in the Tasman National Park. They can be reached by car but for the best views we recommend you do one of the great bushwalks. Find Out More >

Great Barrier Reef6. Scuba Diving 
Tasmania has some of the best temperate diving in the world. From giant kelp forests to shipwrecks there are plenty to explore along the coast. Find Out More >

Tasmanian Devil7. Wildlife

Because Tasmania is separated from mainland Australia it is home to many animals and plants that are rare or even extinct in other areas of the world including Tasmanian devil, platypus, echidna, and forester kangaroo. Besides these rare animals you will commonly spot kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons. Wombats can be found in many national parks. Find Out More >

Bay of Fires, Tasmania8. Bays of Fires

Bay of fires is a beautiful region with pristine white beaches, stunning blue water and orange hued granite. It is a popular spot for camping, boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming and surfing. Find Out More >

Cataract Gorge, Tasmania9. Cataract Gorge

Unique natural formation within two minute drive from central Launceston. Here you will find walking and hiking trails and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. Find Out More >

Hastings Cave, Tasmania10. Hastings Caves

Hastings Caves Reserve is the setting of a complex of magical caves of flowstones and natural hot springs a 90 minute drive from Hobart. Find Out More >

 

Getting around Tasmania by car is by far the most convenient way to see what the state has to offer. Cars can be brought into Tasmania from the mainland on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, or hired upon arrival by the major operators such as Redspot Sixt, Hertz and Avis.

It is also possible to get around by bus but careful planning is advised as the services are not frequent.

Seeing Tasmania by bike is also a popular option in the summer months.