If you are a lover of the outdoor life, Launceston’s mild climate and perfect position right in the heart of Tasmania offers you the perfect base for your holiday break. And for those with a taste for adrenalin-tinged adventure, the City and surrounds definitely have you covered!
Your heart will race as you zip-line through the canopy at Hollybank Treetops Adventure, soar off a cliff surrounded by native bushland Cable Hang Gliding, orpit yourself against gravity rock climbing in the Cataract Gorge. Rock Climbing Tasmaniawill guide you to the best climbs and abseils in this iconic setting, just outside the city centre. In winter, hit the snow on Ben Lomond – the resort caters for snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing – and the drive up the infamous Jacob’s Ladder is an experience you will certainly remember!
For a more restrained pace, try golfing at some of the world’s best courses; Barnbougle and Lost Farm are only an hour’s drive away, fish for trout in unspoilt tree-lined creeks, take a Segway tour through native forest, or enjoy trail ride on horseback. Use Launceston as your base for bushwalking Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks - Freycinet Peninsula, Cradle Mountain and the Walls of Jerusalem are all within 3 hours drive.
Tasmania is renowned as having amazing roads for bike-riding – its possibly why we have nurtured some of the world’s best road-cycling talent here. When Tour De France champion Chris Froome is in pre-season training where does he come? Launceston of course, guided by locally-grown pro Richie Porte, also one of the world’s best. Drop into one of the local bike shops, and they’ll be a be able to give you the low-down on when and where the bunches head out – you’ll be most welcome to tag along.
Mountain bikers are extremely well looked after here as well – much development has gone into trail networks here over the last couple of years. The Hollybank Mountain Bike Park and stage one of the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails have recently opened, with industry press proclaiming them some of the best trails in the country. We’ve ridden them, and definitely agree! Right in the middle of Launceston are two XC trail networks – both Trevallyn and Kate Reed Reserves are within 10 minutes drive (or 30 minutes ride) from the CBD. Mountain Bike Tasmania offer tours taking these in if you would like some local insight into the best trails. Further afield, the Ben Lomond Descent, the North-South Track on Mt Wellington, and the Blue Tier Descent near Weldborough cannot be missed.
Cycling, golf or walking, hiking, fishing or trail riding – if you’d rather be outdoors, or thrive on a little excitement – Launceston is the place for you. We’ll see you out there…