Often, the best way to the heart and soul of a city is through local knowledge. To get the inside running on Launceston, why not explore the City and surrounds by tour?
Launceston has a rich living heritage, best explored by foot. Guided walking tours will take you past and through the City's elegant historic Colonial and Victorian architecture, while offering insight into Launceston's role in the foundation of the nation. Melbourne was founded by a party which set out from here, led by John Batman – the plans hatched in a hotel which can be still be found in the Central Business District. Tour hydro-electric power stations old and new, explore the back corridors of our Town Hall, or visit stately Colonial homesteads – grand examples of fine Georgian architecture. And for a more macabre perspective of Launceston's past, try a ghost tour – ghoulish tales of thievery and murder will get the heart racing…
Tasmania's clean air and verdant landscapes offer unrivalled food and wine experiences. The State is renowned for its cool-climate wines – a guided tour along the Tamar Valley Wine Route is a must if you love your wine. Visit cellar doors and meet the clever bunch of characters that spend their working days amongst the vines. For the gourmands, a number of tasting trails await – local knowledge and insight into the produce and the people who grow and make it will ensure you make the most of your time on the road.
Some of us prefer a little adventure (and who can blame us, with nature just on our front doorstep?) – and Launceston offers ample opportunity to get your adrenalin coursing. Take a 4WD or mountain bike tour through native bushland, zip-line through tree-tops on a forest canopy tour at Hollybank Treetops Adventure or balance and wobble at Tasmania’s First Outdoor Adventure Hub – Trees Adventure. A little further afield, guided bushwalks trail through pristine National Parks, or challenge yourself with exhilarating canyoning at Cradle Mountain.
Stunning scenery awaits, whichever mode of transport your tour takes. Hover above the city in a helicopter, or experience the Tamar Valley from the water on a river cruise with Tamar River Cruises – where you will enjoy tales of bushrangers, explorers and gold diggers while sampling a celebration of local produce and wine – all to the gentle lapping of waves against the hull. If you have a little more time, take a coach day tour towards Bay of Fires (voted one of the best 10 beaches in the world).
Reveal the real Launceston — a calm and human experience — explore the heritage, meet the people and taste the delights – all with local insight on one of these tours.