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.