Plan your trip

Welcome to Destination Launceston, brought to you by City of Launceston. This site is your go-to-resource for planning your visit to our City, the surrounding region and State of Tasmania. Launceston is located in the central north – right in the heart of Tasmania – and it's only a few hours drive to almost anywhere on the Island. Our City is the perfect base for a Van Diemen's Land adventure – explore the Tamar Valley before heading east, south-west, north-west, or south. 

The East Coast is approximately two and a half hours drive from Launceston, and is a place of remarkable beauty. Your itinerary should include Freycinet National Park, the iconic Wineglass Bay, Bay of Fires, Maria Island, St Helens, Bicheno, Coles Bay and Swansea.

The Western Wilderness encompasses the iconic Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Strahan, Queenstown, Zeehan, and Corinna. Visit the Wall in the Wilderness, explore the West Coast Wilderness Railway, and experience the unique wildness and isolation while cruising or kayaking on the spectacular Gordon River.

Stunning coastlines, welcoming little villages and bountiful fresh produce await you on your visit to the North West Coast. Sheffield, Latrobe, Devonport, Burnie, Wynyard, Boat Harbour, Rocky Cape National Park, Marrawah, the Tarkine and Arthur River are all worthy stops when travelling here. Make sure you climb the monolithic Nut which looms above Stanley – an idyllic village fronted on two sides by pristine beaches.

Southern Tasmania is home to our State's capital city Hobart. Discover our colonial heritage in Port Arthur, apple orchards and languid rivers in the Huon Valley, precipitous coastlines of Bruny Island and Tasman Peninsula. Take time out to visit Hobart's inescapable Mt Wellington, Mt Field National Park, Richmond, Tahune Airwalk, Hastings Caves and Russell Falls.

The Destination Launceston website not only allows you to research your trip, but also to book your statewide accommodation and tours. Allow yourself plenty of time – there is so much to discover!

For advice and simple travelling tips on road rules and what to do in an emergency please visit the Visiting Drivers resources.

Have any questions? Why not try our site search in the site header? If you'd like to communicate with a real Launcestonian, then our contact page is the place to visit. You can send us a message, or give us a call – we'd love to hear from you.