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How to Spend 1 Day in Launceston

How to Spend 1 Day in Launceston

With attractions that highlight the natural beauty and history of the area, Tasmania’s Launceston is a lovely place to spend an active day. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in this city located at the confluence of the Tamar, South Esk, and North Esk rivers.

 

Morning: Local happenings

Get acquainted with Launceston’s sights and scenery on a walk through the town center or along the waterfront. Then, hop on a Cataract Gorge cruise to take in views of Royal Park, the wharf, and the cliffs from the river—or check out one of the local attractions, such as the Queen Victoria Museum, the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, or Seahorse World.

 

Afternoon: Wine tasting or outdoor adventures

Head to a nearby winery, such as Josef Chromy Wines, for the chance to sample different Tasmanian varietals. Some wine experiences include lunch, a walk through the vineyards, a special tasting session, or a behind-the-scenes tour. For something more active, visit Hollybank Forest Reserve, about 20 minutes north of Launceston. Zoom around the lush forest on a Segway, or admire the canopy from above on a treetop zipline course. If you’d rather be on the water, opt for a canoe tour of the Tamar River.

 

Night: Cataract Gorge

If you have time left in the afternoon, travelers of all ages will have a blast at Penny Royal Adventures near Cataract Gorge: go rock climbing, walk along rope bridges, jump off a cliff, or go on a ghost tour. Then, unwind over drinks or dinner at the on-site restaurant, tavern, or wine bar. Alternatively, explore Cataract Gorge on a twilight walking tour, learning about the area’s history and natural environment as you go.

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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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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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Josef Chromy Wines Winery Tour Including Tasting and Lunch

Josef Chromy Wines Winery Tour Including Tasting and Lunch

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At Josef Chromy Wines, a high-tech winery whose modern production facility sits amid a beautiful vineyard landscape near Launceston, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how Tasmania’s cool-climate grapes are turned into varietals like pinot noir and sauvignon blanc. Stroll through the vineyard with a winery host and see some of the winemaking equipment before a wine-tasting session that includes both mature and young wines. Then enjoy a 2-course lunch with wine pairings in the tasting room, located in a renovated building that dates back to the 1880s. This tour does not include transportation.
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