Looking for what to do in Launceston? Launceston is the major city located in Tasmania’s north. Take a day trip and travel through the mountains of the Great Western Tiers on your way to Cradle Mountain National Park, surrounded by dense and lush forest and mountainous terrain. Visit some historic towns such as Carrick, Hagley, Westbury, and Deloraine (the hub between Launceston & Devonport). Stroll around the great Dove Lake, or visit Ashgrove Cheese Farm for some dairy delights.
Launceston has diverse wildlife to encounter or visit the rare water birds that inhabit Tamar Island. Historic Boags Brewery is also in Launceston where you can taste the fruits of the brew-masters labor made from traditions passed on through generations. In addition, for more information on what to do in Tasmania, be sure to check out our state page!
Useful Information for visiting Launceston
Located a short two hours drive north of Hobart, this picturesque city has a strong sense of identity. Stroll through the city to discover delicious restaurants, historical architecture and some interesting galleries. Launceston is also a great location to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature as there is an abundance of panoramic views and the Cataract Gorge which is known to hold a mystical beauty. Being the third oldest and second largest city in Australia, you will find Launceston filled with historical significance as well as with a variety of festivals and events that celebrate its rich heritage and culture.
- Emergency (Police, Fire & Ambulance): 000
- International dialing code: +61
Tasmania is known for its cool weather and you can look forward to very defined seasons.
Spring - between the months of September to November the weather ranges between 7C to 17C.
Experience nature coming alive, as the gardens start to bloom again
Summer - between the months December to February and usually is around 11C to 23C.
The best time to enjoy swimming, outdoor activities and some famous Aussie BBQs
Autumn - between March to May, temperatures vary from 7C to 19C.
Even though the temperatures start to drop, this time of year is one of the most popular seasons for the locals. The changing colors make for some spectacular scenery.
Winter - between June to August temperatures can vary between 2C to 13C.
The drop in temperature makes this the perfect time to enjoy relaxing by a crackling log fire and sampling a variety of hearty winter foods.
Surf and Sun Safety
Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world so it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind. Always play it safe by swimming between the red and yellow flags in beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards. Protect your skin from sun damage by following the simple Slip, Slop and Slap rule- Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen and Slap on a hat.
ATMs are easily found in the city of Launceston. Most places accept the major credit cards, American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa. However keep in mind that the smaller establishments may only accept cash. Money can also be exchanged at most major post offices and banks in Launceston. Many hotels also exchange money so check if your accommodation has this facility.
75 Brisbane Street, Launceston
(03) 6323 7333
81 Cimitiere Street, Launceston
(03) 6334 2381
1/130 Brisbane Street, Launceston
A 10% Goods and Services Tax is added to most items that you purchase and is included in the display price. Visitors to Australia may be issued a refund at the airport for the GST of goods over $300 purchased within 30 days of leaving Australia. For more details, consult the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Ph: 1300 363 263
Tipping is not expected in Australia. However, if you experience really good service and want to show your appreciation, 10% of the bill is an acceptable amount for a tip.
The Standard time zone in Launceston is GMT +10 hours
The minimum age for the purchase and consumption of alcohol is 18. Minors will not be permitted to enter a bar if not accompanied by an adult.
Smoking is prohibited at indoor public places and cigarettes will not be sold to minors.
Launceston General Hospital
274-280 Charles Street, Launceston
(03) 6348 7111
112a/114-116 Charles Street, Launceston
(03) 6334 4388
84 Brisbane Street, Launceston
(03) 6331 7777
88 Charles Street, Launceston
Launceston Visitor Information Centre
Launceston Visitor Centre
Cimitiere Street, Launceston
(03) 6336 3133