Nature & Wildlife

There will be no shortage of opportunities to escape the bustle of the city on your visit to Launceston. The city has an abundance of natural wonders to discover, while our position in the heart of Tasmania provides you the perfect base for your Tasmanian wilderness adventure.

The spectacular Cataract Gorge cuts right into the city, with accessible walking tracks and Victorian gardens making this a must-visit. Meet the famed (and decidedly vocal!) resident peacocks, and venture out onto the recently-opened cantilevered viewing platform, which projects 10.5 metres out above the river. Take time to revel in our unique urban wonder.

Take a stroll along the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk to Tamar Island, traversing a wetland reserve. For the more intrepid, the Trevallyn State Recreation Area awaits, where a network of walking and cycling trails criss-cross the hills. Keep your eyes out - you may even spot a Wedge-tailed eagle soaring overhead!

Any trip to Tasmania is incomplete without getting up-close-and-personal with our unique wildlife, especially the infamous Tasmanian Devil. Make sure you also catch a glimpse of our other furry and feathered friends, including river-dwelling platypus, suited penguins, spiky echidnas and waddling wombats.

Looking further afield, Launceston is ideally situated as a springboard to experience Tasmania’s National Parks and World Heritage areas. Visit Ben Lomond National Park – Tasmania’s premier skiing destination, or Tasmania’s most recognisable attraction – Cradle Mountain in the Central Highlands. Travel east to the pristine white beaches of the Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay, or venture to the remote wildness of the West Coast. Whichever way you roam, your base in Launceston will position you perfectly for an unforgettable natural experience. 

Map your journey into the wild with a copy of 60 Great Short Walks from the Launceston Visitor Information Centre or download the App.