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How to Spend 3 Days in Launceston

How to Spend 3 Days in Launceston

Three days in Launceston gives you time to enjoy a combination of activities that showcase the area’s natural and cultural attractions, as well as a day trip to one of Tasmania’s top destinations. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend 72 hours in the city of Launceston and the region.

 

Day 1: Check Out Local Attractions

Start your stay by visiting one of Launceston’s many museums and attractions: Learn about Tasmanian art and history at the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, cars at the National Automobile Museum, and seahorses at the aptly named Seahorse World in nearby Beauty Point. Avoid ticket lines by purchasing admission tickets in advance. 

For an introduction to Launceton’s great outdoors, head to Hollybank Forest Reserve, located about 20 minutes north of town. Explore this lush forest canopy on a Segway tour or treetops zipline course. If you’d rather get out on the water, try a canoe tour on the Tamar River or a Cataract Gorge cruise. Visit the Cataract Gorge on a twilight walking tour for opportunities to see native wildlife, as well as gain insight into the history and natural environment of the area.

 

Day 2: Discover the Scenic Delights of the Region

Look out on the hills, vineyards, and rivers of the Tamar Valley on a morning hot-air balloon flight. Some balloon tours offer a breakfast option after the flight. Then, see the area outside of Launceston from a different perspective on an excursion such as a river cruise, a wine tour of the Tamar Valley wine region, or an insider winery experience at Josef Chromy Wines. 

If you prefer to stay in Launceston, head to Penny Royal Adventures near Cataract Gorge to enjoy its many family-friendly activities, such as rock climbing, rope bridges, a cliff jump, and a ghost tour. Refuel with drinks and food at the on-site restaurant, tavern, or wine bar.

 

Day 3: Journey to a Natural Wonder

Opt for a day trip to one of the state’s most popular natural attractions such, as Cradle Mountain, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness Heritage Area and home to wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities; Wineglass Bay, a turquoise bay located in Freycinet National Park; or the Bay of Fires, where orange-colored rocks create a stark contrast to the white-sand beaches. As three of Tasmania’s most visited sights, these day trips can fill up, so book in advance if you don’t want to miss out.

If you’re moving on to Hobart after your time in Launceston, consider a one-way trip that takes you to Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay before arriving in the Tasmanian capital.

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Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston

Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston

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A visit to Cradle Mountain is a must-do when visiting Launceston. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness Heritage Area and considered one of Tasmania’s most iconic landmarks, Cradle Mountain offers excellent hiking opportunities in a spectacular natural setting. Your guide tailors your tour to your interests, with the option to take an easier walk to Dove Lake, or a more challenging hike up the mountain. Enjoy informative commentary, sweeping views, wildlife sightings of wombats and wallabies, and stops in Sheffield and at the Ashgrove Cheese Factory en route.
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  • 11 hours
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Tamar Valley Wine Tour (Launceston Tasmania)

Tamar Valley Wine Tour (Launceston Tasmania)

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Discover the Tamar Valley on a small-group wine tasting tour from Launceston. Visit local vineyards, sample wines and cheeses, and tuck into a delicious gourmet lunch over the course of the day. Learn about the history of the region and tips for wine tasting from your guide and enjoy free round-trip transfers from any location in Launceston.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wineglass Bay Explorer Active Day Trip from Launceston

Wineglass Bay Explorer Active Day Trip from Launceston

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Enjoy a full-day tour that takes in Freycinet National Park, including Wineglass Bay, Honeymoon Bay and Cape Tourville lookout among other top sites. See the sights up close during several short nature walks in Freycinet National Park, and then return to Launceston.
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  • 12 hours
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Cataract Gorge Cruise 11:30 am

Cataract Gorge Cruise 11:30 am

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The scenic riversides and lush bushlands of the Cataract Gorge lie just downstream from Launceston. On this tour, discover the gorge from the water on a 50-minute morning cruise—ideal for those short on time. Admire views of Kings Wharf and the Seaport as you glide along Launceston’s riverfront, then sail beneath the spectacular cliffs of the Cataract Gorge, enjoying unobstructed views from the purpose-built cruise ship.
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  • 50 minutes
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Full-Day Tour One-Way from Launceston to Hobart with Freycinet National Park

Full-Day Tour One-Way from Launceston to Hobart with Freycinet National Park

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Travel across Tasmania one way from Launceston to Hobart via Freycinet National Park and the famously beautiful Wineglass Bay. Have time for walking and sightseeing in the national park, then make stops for seafood, wine, and other treats at Freycinet Marine Farm and the Devils Corner Winery before evening drop-off in Hobart.
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  • 12 hours
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Hollybank Wilderness Adventure - Zipline Tours

Hollybank Wilderness Adventure - Zipline Tours

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Enjoy the natural environment of Launceston on a canopy tour in the forest. Travel across the treetops on a zipline course that takes you to different 'cloud station' platforms, where you can admire the view and catch your breath. Plus, zoom over the Piper River on one of the longest ziplines in Australia with a length of 1,312 feet (400 meters).
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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National Automobile Museum of Tasmania General Entry Ticket

National Automobile Museum of Tasmania General Entry Ticket

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The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania in Launceston features rotating displays of cars, motorcycles, and memorabilia about the history of automobiles in Australia. See vintage vehicles, and shop for motoring merchandise at the gift shop.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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Launceston Cataract Gorge - Twilight, wildlife, local history walking tour.

Launceston Cataract Gorge - Twilight, wildlife, local history walking tour.

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The three hour tour is designed to educate visitors and enjoy the opportunity to observe th​​e native animals. This tour starts one hour before sunset. The walk follows a Grade 2 walking track and no bushwalking experience is required. The track has hardened and compacted surfaces that has a gentle hill sections and occasional steps. Please note 5.30pm is a notional time and changes during the seasons. See above link for sunset times.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Hollybank Wilderness Adventures - Segway Tour

Hollybank Wilderness Adventures - Segway Tour

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Explore the tranquil Hollybank Forest, just a short drive north of Launceston, without worrying about heavy hiking packs or sweaty clothes on this short segway tour. Ride a heavy-duty segway down the peaceful forest paths while your guide tells you about the forest’s history and the changing ecosystem. At the end of the tour, take home a USB drive of digital photographs, taken by the tour team, to remember your forest adventure by.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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