If you prefer a self-guided travel experience, Launceston and the surrounding region is the ideal place to explore. The gentle pace, friendly, helpful locals and suggested routes combine to make our City easily navigable. Hire a car, camper, bring your own across on the Spirit of Tasmania — or bring your bicycles — visit the Visitor Information Centre for itinerary suggestions, and you’ll be on your way!
If food and wine excite, the local tasting trails are a great place to start. Meet the clever bunch of characters on the Tamar Valley Wine Route – a trail which loops around the Tamar River and takes in over 30 vineyards – take time to sample the fruits of their labours. The Cradle Coast Tasting Trail covers the north and north-west of the State – take their suggested Launceston to Launceston route and you’ll discover a diversity of Tasmanian produce – eco-certified salmon, award-winning cheeses and luscious raspberries (the chocolate-coated berries are a must!) to mention just a few.
The Parks & Wildlife 60 Great Short Walks booklet offers a number of walks in the region – ranging from a gentle stroll along the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk across the wetlands to Tamar Island, to the slightly more strenuous Duck Reach and Meander Falls tracks. Pick up your copy from the Visitor Information Centre, download the brochure, or install the app on your iOS device.
For the more intrepid, Launceston offers the perfect springboard to some of Tasmania’s most iconic walks. The 65km Overland Track – Australia’s premier alpine bush walk – is renowned world-wide and only a couple of hours drive away. This is the alpine heart of our state – an untamed, untouched natural playground. Heading east to Bay of Fires will reward you with pristine expanses of white sand, framed by red-lichened rocks and the blue-green of the Tasman Ocean. Next stop New Zealand.
A gentle stroll or a physical challenge; a seaside ramble or a mountain hike; a long day’s outing or a short wander, a road trip or a cycling journey – slow down and explore Launceston and surrounds – you will be richly rewarded.