Princess Theatre sign board with theatre exterior near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Local Attractions

Tourist Places and Things to Do in Launceston

Nestled in the heart of Tasmania, Launceston casts a captivating spell on travellers with its blend of historic charm, artistic flair, and natural wonders. This vibrant city, surrounded by rolling hills and the Tamar River, offers a plethora of attractions and activities that showcase the essence of Tasmania's beauty and culture.

The Tamar Valley Wine Region near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

The Tamar Valley Wine Region

If there is one place on this list that has something for everybody, the Tamar Valley is it.

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Man holding a brown trout in the river near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Championship Golf & Fly Fishing; Launceston has it all

Maybe it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Launceston, but it’s definitely not because we’re lacking.

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Illuminated church at night near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Embark on one of Launceston's Famous Ghost Tours

Believe in Ghosts? Be enthralled as you meander down the dark alleyways of Launceston.

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Beer bottles & food platter served in James Boags's Brewery near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

James Boags’s Brewery

Who is James Boags? ‘The Boags Centre of Beer Lovers’ is the logical place to discover his true identity.

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Distant view of Cradle Mountain by a lake near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Cradle Mountain

Possibly one of the most Instagrammed destinations in Tasmania.

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Close-up of vegetables sold in Harvest Market near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Experience The Local Produce At Harvest Markets

A trip to Launceston without exploring its food scene would be a travesty and one without visiting Harvest Market would border on a crime.

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Princess Theatre sign board with theatre exterior near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Princess Theatre & The Earl Arts Centre

Experience the magic of Launceston's theatre scene, with the greatly cherished Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra & local theatre companies treading the boards.

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The low-angle exterior of Princess Theatre near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Immerse Yourself In The Bustling Arts, History & Theatre Scene

Did you think Port Arthur and MONA were Tasmania's only hype-worthy treasures?

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Two boats sailing under Paterson bridge in Tamar River near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

A Scenic River Cruise To Remember

Cruise the rivers aboard the 'Lady Launceston' absorbing the rugged beauty of the Gorge's sheer cliffs and wide landscape along the Tamar.

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City Park with the garden surrounded by lush trees near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

City Park

Amble through City Park, named by Trip Advisor as one of the top 10 parks in Australia.

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Seaport Precinct by the deck near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Seaport Precinct

Wander the boardwalk along the Seaport Precinct, which is home to high-class award-winning restaurants & unassuming casual family dining experiences.

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Cataract Gorge Reserve near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston

Cataract Gorge

Experience the magnificent Cataract Gorge just a 15-minute walk from the centre of the city.

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Whether you’re a professional, socialite or a beginner there is a golfing trip for you.

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Launceston has been crowned as the river fishing capital of Tasmania and it’s not hard to see why.

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National Automobile Museum

Zoom into the National Automobile Museum located in a new home on Lindsay Street, Invermay and view an impressive collection of vintage and contemporary vehicles.

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Design Tasmania

Be inspired by Design Tasmania, located on the edge of City Park and home of the Tasmanian Wood Design collection amongst a handful of great exhibitions held annually.

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Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

Expand your mind at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Australia’s largest regional museum. 

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Aerial view of illuminated Launceston city near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston at night

Start your journey by wandering through the historic streets adorned with Georgian architecture and charming cafés. The renowned Cataract Gorge Reserve stands as an urban oasis, inviting you to hike its trails, ride the chairlift, and revel in its natural beauty. As you meander along the riverbanks, keep an eye out for the unique wildlife that calls this sanctuary home.

Launceston's artistic spirit shines through in its galleries and museums. QVMAG (Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery) offers a captivating blend of history, science, and art, while the annual Junction Arts Festival transforms the city into a hub of creative energy. Food enthusiasts are in for a treat with Festivale, a culinary celebration showcasing Tasmania's finest flavours.

Venturing beyond the city, the Tamar Valley wine region beckons, offering cellar doors where you can savour world-class wines amidst breathtaking landscapes. The iconic Bridestowe Lavender Estate blankets the countryside in hues of purple, inviting you to immerse yourself in its fragrant allure.

For those seeking adventure, the nearby Cataract Gorge Reserve promises exhilarating hiking trails, panoramic viewpoints, and the adrenaline rush of the world's longest single-span chairlift. Whether it's exploring the lively Saturday Harvest Market, exploring the historic village of Evandale, or simply soaking in the relaxed pace of life, Launceston captures the essence of Tasmania's alluring diversity.

Up view of crowded Harvest Market with colorful tents near Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston