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|Sep - Nov|
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|Mar - May|
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Summertime is, predictably, peak tourist season in Launceston. The temperature doesn’t usually go beyond 23℃, so you can enjoy your summer holiday without the risk of a sunburn.
Big-ticket events are on Launceston’s summer calendar, including Festivale—a three-day mega celebration of food, drink and entertainment. It’s hailed as Tasmania’s premier summer event, drawing thousands of visitors every year.
Berries are ripe for the picking this time of year at Hillwood Berries, just 20 minutes from Launceston. December is the season for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, so pick them all. Add this to your fun-activity-with-the-kids list.
The Bridestowe Lavender Estate is an Insta-worthy spot—picture yourself strolling in a sea of purple and having it captured perfectly on camera. Time your visit for when the flowers are at their peak—from mid-December to mid-January. We recommend the lavender ice cream.
The fall months are quieter—the perfect time to explore Launceston without the crowds, especially with the cool, dry days and crisp nights.
Fancy an autumnal walk? The city center is a good place to start—beautifully restored colonial buildings, manicured public squares and well-tended parks inject some English charm into the city.
Drive through the Tamar Valley to sample some of the best sparkling wines in the world. The NV sparkling blanc de noir, produced by Moores Hill, is said to be especially outstanding.
Say hello to tiny penguins at Low Head Coastal Reserve, less than an hour from Launceston. Between March and October, up to 100 tiny penguins waddle ashore each night back to their burrows. Wear warm clothing and covered shoes.
Expect foggy mornings with temperatures dipping to a low of 3℃. July is the coldest month (and the cloudiest), though Launceston rarely receives snowfall. However, winter is an excellent time to visit as Tasmania’s events calendar is chock-a-block with mid-winter festivals and food and wine (and Tasmanian whisky) soirées.
If braving the chilly Tassie winter is not your idea of fun, cozy up in the comfort of the James Boag Brewery Bar, something of an institution among locals since it opened its doors more than 100 years ago. They offer brewery tours with guided tasting of the best lagers and ales.
Foodies, you’ll eat well in Launceston. Winter brings premium local ingredients like black truffles and Tasmanian scallops to the table. The city’s “winterlicious” program is a chance for you to eat your way around town, with lots of entertainment on the side.
Catch an after-dinner show at the Earl Arts Centre, an intimate performance space that offers film screenings, dance and theatre productions to complete your night.
With the days noticeably longer and the weather warmer, spring is the best time to visit Launceston, right before the summer crowds stream in. You’ll also benefit from shoulder season prices.
If you have kids in tow, take them to the Penny Royal—a massive adventureland with history-themed boat rides, zip lines, cliff walks and everything in between. They’ll tire out and be ready for an early night, leaving you to enjoy the rest of the evening.
Enjoy a leisurely trek at Cataract Gorge, within easy walking distance of the city center, in the crisp spring air. Always bring a piece of warm clothing, including a waterproof jacket in case of sudden inclement weather, which—locals will tell you— happens often.
Spring blooms are practically everywhere during this time of year—have a little picnic at Prince’s Square, City Park or any of the other green spaces in Launceston.
Where to stay
- InvermayLocated just across the river from the CBD, Invermay offers a good range of lodging options—from luxury hotels to mid-range apartments and cheap motels. It’s a lively district with a large student population. Sneak into one of the many dive bars to get a taste of the local scene or slip in and out of the indie boutiques dotting the area for vintage clothing, homeware and souvenirs.Read more
- RiversideRiverside is a quiet residential suburb just across the Tamar River from Invermay. It has a great community feel and locals are happy to help visitors out, making it a great base for families. There are plenty of things to do with children nearby: the Tasmania Zoo and Children Paradise—a two-story indoor playground—will keep the little ones entertained.Read more
- WaverleyWaverley is well-connected by public transport and has a clutch of cosy apartments and guesthouses for your pick. The Waverley Lake, Stanley Green Memorial Park and Distillery Creek are right on your doorstep if you wish to clock in your daily steps.Read more
- Blackstone HeightsJust a 20-minute drive from Launceston CBD, Blackstone Heights makes a good base if you’re looking for a quieter stay. The surrounding bushland means you can enjoy a leisurely stroll every morning before setting off into the city centre to hit the major sights. The Trevallyn Dam, within the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Area, comes alive during summertime with swimmers, kayakers and windsurfers hitting the water.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- Queen Victoria Museum & Art GalleryDeep dive into Tasmanian art, history and natural science; the large collection is housed across two sites: the 1870s railway workshop museum at Inveresk and an 1891 art gallery at Royal Park. It’s easy to get around on public transport if you’re staying in the area—most buses depart from the CBD to take you as far as Hobart.Read more
- Cataract Gorge ReserveLaunceston’s top wilderness spot is just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Pack your swimmers and a picnic for a perfect summer’s day out or enjoy a two-hour leisurely amble in the crisp autumn air. Entry is free. Plenty of lodging options are available within a mile of Cataract Gorge.Read more
- The Tamar ValleyWith the Tamar Valley as your base, you’re within easy reach of the local markets, wildlife parks, and the highlight—food and wine. Lose yourself in the epic Tamar Valley wine trail—just pick a designated driver. Best stays include cosy holiday cottages for larger families to glamping domes and B&Bs.Read more
- City ParkLocated in the heart of Launceston, City Park is popular with local families, especially on weekends when the mini train ferries children around the park grounds. Sniff out the different herbs and flowers at the Senses Garden, visit the conservatory for a display of seasonal blooms or catch the naughty antics of the Japanese macaques. Luxury hotels are steps away from the park.Read more
- Peppers Silo Hotel, The Old Bakery Inn, and Peppers Seaport Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Cataract Gorge Reserve. See the full list: Hotels near Cataract Gorge Reserve.
- A few of the most popular hotels near Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery are Peppers Seaport Hotel, The Sebel Launceston, and Star Bar Cafe & Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.