Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest town, is full of amazing architecture, delightful heritage trails and picturesque scenery. Located at the very top of the Tamar River in the northeast of Tasmania this majestic town holds a huge array of historical intrigue. From the cascading Cataract Gorge to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the natural allure of this destination is evenly matched by its old school charm and artistic attractions.
The Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm is a wonderful place to visit and to photograph. Grindewald and Ross are gorgeous historic townships that you simply cannot leave off your Tasmania itinerary. Let’s take a trip to Launceston as we admire the green, sloping hills, beautiful valleys and charming towns, villages and attractions in its surroundings.
- Cataract Gorge
- Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm
- Tamar Island Wetlands
- Hotel Transfers
- Friendly Guide
- Bottled Water
- Child Safety Chair (if required)
- Heaps of Fun
Our guide will greet you at the hotel in the morning. Upon return to Launceston, you can choose to be transferred to either hotel, airport or any restaurant within Launceston
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(Suitable for 1 to 7 passengers)
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(Suitable for 8 to 11 passengers)
A large natural body of water is not what you’d expect to find just a two-minute drive outside of a large city. Cataract Gorge defies all odds, making itself known as one of the biggest and best attractions in the Launceston area. Known to locals as The Gorge, this natural formation is easily accessible especially since the Kings Bridge was added as a feature in 1867. With sprawling green lawns and a swimming pool surrounded by Aussie bushland The Gorge is a wonderful place to swim, to watch the wallabies or to walk through the Victorian era garden. The best part? Admission is entirely free for all visitors!
Gorgeous Grindelwald is a unique little village located about 15 minutes north of Launceston by car. The thing that makes this town so unique is that all the houses are built to resemble a Swiss township. You’ll see wide eaves, quaint balconies, white window shutters and delightful little flowerboxes. The glistening lakes and picturesque views of the Tamar Valley only add to the peaceful nature of this area. Since the 1980s tourist have been visiting Grindelwald to witness the distinctive architecture. At the Tamar Valley Resort located in this tiny town you’ll find attractions such as day spa, chocolate café and the worlds longest bouncing pillow! It’s the perfect weekend getaway for the whole family.
Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm
This estate isn’t just a flower farm for lovers of the colour purple, it’s an amazing venue that’s frequented by locals and tourists alike. Bridestowe Estate boasts the largest lavender farm in the Southern Hemisphere! This is 260 full acres worth of rolling fields, native bushlands, manicured gardens and, of course, the well-known purple flowers of the delightfully scented lavender bushes. Visitors are welcome year-round to bask in all this estate has to offer. A gift shop and café are fully stocked with Australian-made delicacies, products and gifts, lavender oil, and the adorable world-renowned Bobbie the Bear soft toy, this is a one farm you don’t want to miss out on visiting.
Admission: $20 for adults to enter during flowering season but kids under 16 can enter for free (also free for all Tasmanians)!
Tamar Island Wetlands
The Tamar Island Wetlands are full to the brim with native Australian bird life, reptiles, mammals, trees and shrubs. Follow the boardwalk through the natural marshy habitat and bask in the serenity of this beautiful area, amidst the sounds of cicadas chirping, frogs croaking and birds calling. Stop in at the interpretation centre on the way to learn all about the cultural aspects and natural values of the wetlands. If you keep walking to the end of the boardwalk, you’ll find the incredible Tamar Island with an array of picnic tables and a wonderful view of the Tamar Valley and Ben Lomond.
Admission fee is voluntary, however a small donation would go a long way to help keep the wetlands thriving in all their natural glory for years to come.
Launceston City Park
Launceston City Park, also known as Peoples Park, is a large park located right in the middle of Launceston with all the right features to make for a great day out and about in a natural, urban environment. You can wander through the park, taking pictures of the gorgeous gardens and stopping off so the kids can play on the swings and other fun equipment. The cultural and heritage aspects of this park are valued by all Launceston residents and tourists alike.
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The historic riverside village of Ross is a nineteenth century style town with cobblestone paths and large elm trees lining the main streets. This town was built by convicts back in the early 1800s and has been preserved to near perfection. It has earned the title of one of the finest nineteenth century villages in Australia. The Ross Bridge is a key attraction as it is Australia’s third oldest bridge that’s still standing! Visit the old-school bakery for some tasty pastries or the antique shop to pick up some vintage delights. It’s only an hour’s drive south of Launceston so jot it down on your to-do list because this quaint town holds much more than meets the eye.
With collections that focus on History, Natural Sciences, Visual Arts and Design and much more, this museum has more than enough content to fill the imaginations of any child or adult! QVMAG offers three tour options to visitors: The Secrets of QVMAG, Weird, Wild and Wacky or The First Tasmanians: Our Shared History, each with a different informative focus. Or simply take your own tour to mix and match. The planetarium within this museum is an absolute sight to behold. With a futuristic design and gorgeous models of the solar system and more, you’ll find yourself lost in the secrets of the universe. Spread across two separate locations, the Art Gallery at Royal Park and the Museum at Inveresk, QVMAG makes for a full day of fun and learning for the whole family.
Sweet & Personal
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Our guides are friendly and fun, tap into our expansive knowledge about Australia and travel, tailor an unforgettable travel experience. English, Mandarin & Cantonese tour service are available.
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Travel in comfort and style, Mercedes Benz luxury vehicles , free hotel & airport transfers on full-day tour. Ticket pre-booking to secure your spot in advance, restaurant recommendations and more!
Organise a holiday for a big group is hard-work, we do our best to help, no overtime surcharge or compulsory tips, bottled water, child safety chairs/wheelchair, umbrellas and more. You can count on us!