Launceston is a place of transit... At least for travellers eager to discover Tasmania. So despite being the second biggest city in Tasmania (after Hobart), there isn't much to do for a tourist, other than a few shops, restaurants and bars.
That being said, it isn't a bad place to transit.
There are so many close by - Cataract Gorge is a lovely place to go for views and walking. City Park with its monkeys is a treat and the Gourmet Food and Wine Festivale in February is a terrific show case for Tasmanian wine and food.
We felt it was like stepping back in time.The people are very friendly,its very relaxing,not the best for shopping but lovely and green ,very clean, good restaurants and accommodation at reasonable prices.
The main shopping area of Launceston is concentrated in a smallish area centred on George Street and in nearby Yorktown Mall, where the major department stores and fashion boutiques are located.
Launceston appeared to us to be a quiet town, with very little activity in the CBD after dark. A small amount of restaurants are open but you need to know where they are
We arrived the city late, only had time to enjoy the cataract gorge on feet ( few minutes walk from the hotel) the next morning before our flight to Melbourne.
The city is easily accessible to other place of interests hence one or 2 nights stay is perfect.
It isn't far from the airport-about 20 minute drive. The city centre is in a valley surrounded by hills so a degree of fitness is needed when walking around.
Nearby Cataract Gorge is a must see when visiting Launceston. It is close to the city. There are river cruises and lots of interesting old buildings with lots of history. The botanical gardens are lovely. Houses there are very quaint with nice gardens.
Always been happy to go to Launceston. Thing are easy to find it is easy to drive and find your way and has plenty attractions and things to see and do.
Highly recommend to visit.
there was nothing to do in saturday everything was close and there are good things around but no open places to eat and do something extra… really sad
Would not recommend a long stay in Launceston since it's a quiet city with not much to see. We visited the brewery, Cataract Gorge and City Park in 1.
5 days. Restaurants there aren't as good as those in Hobart. Shops close as early as 4:30pm. Very few tourists or even people on streets. Couldn’t find restaurants easily without the help of apps. Please also note that many restaurants close till late and there's no night life at all. Tried to book a tour to Wineglass Bay but not available, so we had a trip to Cradle Mountain instead. Perhaps it's due to the quiet season there but we had a lot more choices in Hobart. All in All, Launceston is not a must-see in Tasmania.
Launceston is a beautiful city with gracious, historic homes and lovely views. The architecture and gardens are lovely and the shops are great.
Lots of interesting villages and historic estates nearby - Evandale, Longford, Perth, Woolmers etc.
Nice city compared to Hobart and Devenport. Visited many places. but launceston, beauty point, being best and Burnie is beautiful as well.
Hobart was ok kind for my liking.
I have a long time connection with Launceston. Winter is especially nice with dense fogs in the morning clearing to beautiful cold days.
Josef Chromy,s vineyard is exceptional with lovely scenic views and a marvellous restaurant. Free wine tasting. Don,t miss out on the little town of Evandale. Lots of history and convict built buildings. Food is expensive in Launceston but usually the quality is tops.
Small peaceful town with friendly polite locals; also a good base camp when going for day trips to Cradle mountain and surrounding areas.
Launceston is the second biggest city in Tasmania.The city centre might be small but it has got most of the things a big city has.
Their mall might not be as big but it caters the needs of everyone.You don't need to have a sore feet travelling in the city.Launceston has plenty of attractions.You can go to cataract gorge.Have a drive along the Tamar river and visit the beach.
I am not a great lover of Launceston and I much prefer other places in Tasmania. It can be a cold place to visit, even in summer.
Launceston is a very relaxing place to visit and in fact I think it is a very nice place to live for those who live there.
It has close proximity to Cradle Mountain, Strahan and the Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay and Cataract Gorge. In fact I liked the north of Tasmania better than the south. Launceston is very central and also has good shopping and restaurants.
We found Launceston a lovely surprise. The gorge area was beautiful and we wished we had more time to spend exploring it.
The downtown area was very picturesque with many old well maintained buildings. Did not have a chance to shop so can not comment on that but it looked interesting. There are several wineries in the area, we visited one but would have liked to explore others as well. The area around the harbor has many restaurants choices. We ate at the Levee which was excellent but numerous others looked good as well. We enjoyed our short stay there and would recommend more time to other travelers.
This city is cold during winter. There are not so many things to do at nights and restaurants here are a bit pricey.
May good to cateract gorge. Near to cradle mountain. Can also go to lavenda farm which is very beautiful in Dec-Jan.
Have a walk in the city is also very relaxing and comfortable.
Very friendly but slow paced city. Great place to relax, but not very lively for those used to living in the city!
We have been there before and are a little disappointed by seeing the CBD and surrounding areas pretty neglected.
It is rather sad to see so many beautiful buildings (private & commercial) needed a fair bit of TLC.
We have been to Gorge Cataract and the Bought Brew was closed. We spent only 1 night passing through Launceston.
It was a very quiet city. Probably a good place to base yourself for going on wine tours in the Tamar Valley.
Not a whole not to do otherwise
We visited some wonderful museums, exhibitions, garden and outdoor attractions during our stay in Launceston.
Unfortunately we arrived unknowingly on a long weekend and many of the restaurants were not open during the evening. The 'pub' meals though were excellent and we enjoyed the live music at a couple of them. We took several walks around to view the beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Launceston city I is not the most exciting place though it is pretty and the Cataract Gorge is a must see.
The main attraction for us was the wine area outside of the city. Beautiful vineyards, fantastic wine and restaurants and gorgeous countryside. Josef Chromy is a must visit for both food and wine. You need several days to really savour this area and preferably a car and guide. We were lucky to engage the services of Tamar Valley Wine Tours which meant we could sit back, relax and enjoy the wine tastings. Highly recommended.
Good walking shoes and coat as well as a sun hat! Plenty of views, architecture, history and relaxation.
Two full days pretty much lets you do what you want in the area, Tamar Valley, Deloraine and Scottsdale.
Add on half a day if arriving early or departing late and your done.
Definitely would need to rent a car and drive in Launceston as public transport is not that frequent.
Head to Morty's food hall for some awesome Indian food, prices ranges around $10 onwards. Head to Cataract Gorge Reserve for some breath-taking scenery, a place for trekking. Head along the wine route and visit Josef Chromy, their wines are pretty good.