Fun for Free

An exciting and colourful history, fascinating colonial architecture and engaging natural surroundings – our city is a wonderful playground. Adventure doesn’t need to cost the earth and Launceston delivers when it comes to enjoying yourself without breaking the bank.

Royal Park sits on the banks of the Tamar River just minutes from the centre of the City. It embraces the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery,  whose exhibitions include colonial & modern art; Aboriginal and convict artifacts; china and glassware; and flora & fauna exhibits including hands-on areas for children. Stroll along the boardwalk that follows the river’s edge, or soak up the sun as it sets over the hills of Trevallyn.

Right in the heart of Launceston you’ll find the delightful City Park. Expansive oaks and plane trees tower overhead – feed the ducks or watch as the Japanese Macaque monkeys gambol.

Just over the North Esk River you’ll find yourself at the Inveresk Railyards – the home of QVMAG and a step back in time to our industrial heritage. An array of machinery, forges and presses awaits in the Blacksmith Shop, maintained just as it was the day the workers finished their last shift all those years ago.

Cataract Gorge Launceston’s absolute do-not-miss attraction. The Gorge is Tasmania’s most-visited tourist attraction, and you’ll be sure to love it too. We’re spoilt in having such an amazing location right on our doorstep – it’s a popular spot to explore on a morning jog – with the rushing river and precipitous walls of the Gorge serving as an idyllic backdrop, while the resident peacocks cheer on.

Take a moment to visit our Visitor Information Centre – our team will be happy to point you in the direction or a variety of fantastic, iconically “Launceston” experiences for the budget-conscious.