Visit Launceston in any season, and you’ll find a City alive with colour, atmosphere and world-class attractions. A wide range of fun activities await – a perfect holiday destination for the whole family.
Only 15 minutes from the City Centre, find yourself in the stunning natural formations of the Cataract Gorge Reserve and First Basin. Cross the Basin in the world’s longest single-span chairlift, take a walk across the iconic Alexandra Suspension Bridge, or take a dip with the kids in the public swimming pool.
For those who prefer a more refined (and slightly warmer!) swimming experience, the Launceston Aquatic Centre provides state-of-the-art heated indoor pools and leisure facilities for children of all ages. Enjoy panoramic views over the City from the café while the kids splash in the interactive play area and waterslide.
Across two sites, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) encourages learners of all ages to explore art, science and social history. Find ten galleries, the Guan Di Temple and ArtSparks! Family Art Space at the Royal Park site. At Inveresk, unearth our state’s history at the Tasmanian Connections exhibition, while the kids get excited and interacting with science at the Phenomena Factory. Then take time to gaze skywards and explore the stars at the Planetarium.
Launceston is home to over 200 parks and reserves, and the centrepiece is the majestic City Park. Children will enjoy meeting the Japanese Macaque monkeys and resident ducks while you lounge beneath rich green canopies. For a closer encounter of the animal kind, visit Tasmania Zoo, on the outskirts of the City. Get up close and personal with over 100 rare, exotic and native species, or step back in time to the Jurassic era, coming face to face with over 40 life-size dinosaurs – including the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Our city offers great options for family-dining – favorites include Maple Cafe in East Launceston and Fish ‘n Chips for fish & chips (surprisingly!), Levee at the Seaport, and Pizza Pub – for the best slice in town! In the evenings, head with the locals to High Street, where a block transforms into “Eat Street”. Here, a number of food vans offering a diverse range of cuisines face onto an oak-tree shaded park. Grab a picnic rug, pick a spot under the trees, and order your meal – all while the kids run rampant safely in the playground.
Launceston affords many opportunities for discovery, wonder and laughter – for all kids young and old. For more ideas, discount coupons and a comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities statewide, the Let’s Go Kids Guide is a great resource – head into the Visitor Information Centre to pick up a copy, or download your copy now.