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Launceston Tasmania Australia
Launceston, view of the new City Mall development in the evening
Launceston, view of the new City Mall development in the evening

Heritage to nature with a river cruise and delicious food as part of the deal

Launceston is a compact city offering visitors a chance to stretch their legs exploring the River Tamar and the dramatic Cataract Gorge. Heritage and architecture buffs will relish the grand 19th mansions and public buildings while the convict past is amusingly reenacted at Penny Royal Adventures. The vibrant art scene is not to be missed with cutting edge contemporary pieces at Design Tasmania. Queen Victoria Art Gallery captures the passion of Australian master painters interpreting Van Diemen’s Land. In a day visitors get to sample the local wines, the well known coffee scene and relax in one of Launceston’s superb restaurants.

SEVEN HIGHLIGHTS IN A DAY

  • Launceston tradition of early morning coffee with friends & family
  • Adventuring on the dark side finding out about 19th century convict Mathew Brady
  • Leisurely Tamar River cruise to Cataract Gorge
  • Lunch at Josef Cromy’s iconic restaurant
  • Walking the city exploring the heritage buildings and shopping in the Umbrella Shop
  • Art, craft and design is on the cards for the afternoon with Design Australia
  • The day is capped with fine dining at the Red Feather Inn

ARRIVAL

The mantra for Sweet Brew where magic happens to beans, where good works are performed and hidden rooms host art and books. Your sweet tooth is humoured. If it’s too early in the morning for the donuts or cronuts don’t worry the menu is packed with regular brunch options.

Savour the day allow ¾ hour relaxing into one of Launceston’s traditions, coffee + treats with friends and family.

WALK TO PENNY ROYAL ADVENTURES

From Sweet Brew to Penny Royal Adventures to Home Point and Tamar River cruise.

Fuelled up let’s get our walking shoes on for a Penny Royal Adventure to hear the story of Van Diemen’s land. Jump aboard a barge and immerse yourself in the daring escapades of notorious bushranger Matthew Brady in 1825 on the The Dark Ride.

Allow up to 1 ½ hours adventuring.

MID MORNING

Thoroughly at home with the notorious convicts of 19th century Launceston next is a cruise on the Tamar River. The cruise departs from Home Point with onboard narration describing Launceston’s seafaring past, the background of riverside heritage properties and quirky facts about the stunning Cataract Gorge. The 1890’s replica Lady Launceston sets the scene for a flourish to the morning activities. Relax into the dramatically contrasting views all within a hair’s breadth of the city.

TIP: Remember to include Cataract Gorge. Cataract Gorge Adventure Cruise – Tamar River Cruises in your booking.

Allow up to an hour.

READY FOR LUNCH

Josef Cromy Winery where excellence is a matter of course. Awarded One Chef Hat in the Australian Good Food Guide every year since 2017 together with award winning wines the perfect day escape Launceston style. Josef Cromy is approximately 15 minutes from the city centre. Casual outdoor dining is available 11am-4pm Fri-Sun. Cheese boards, charcuterie plates & small menu items. No bookings necessary. For restaurant seating, bookings are essential. Wine and delectable food a marriage made in foodie nirvana. And the melt in the mouth moments, there are recipes freely available. However, why bother cooking when superb cuisine is just around the corner.

Allow up to 2 hours.

EARLY TO MID AFTERNOON

After the gourmet treats of Josef Cromy let’s get the walking shoes on and wander around the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park.  The heritage buildings tell the story of the 1880’s European settlement with early Australian painters such as John Glover on display.

Allow up to 1 hour.

MID AFTERNOON

Walk off the superpearlive lunch with a stroll down city streets with the Merchants Machinery Trail as a rough guide.

Highlights on the 1.3km walk are:

  • Neoclassical Customs House (1885)
  • Cornwell Hotel (1823) where John Fawkner discussed plans to settle Melbourne
  • National Trust Umbrella Shop is unique, and is one of the last surviving retail experiences of the early 1900’s.

LATE AFTERNOON - EARLY EVENING

DESIGN TASMANIA

Just enough time to squeeze in some shopping time at Can you squeeze in time surrounded by contemporary art Design Tasmania, an exhibition space filled with inspiring pieces in locally sourced timber, as well as ceramics, metal and glass.

Return your art bike if you have grabbed yourself wheels for the day.

RED FEATHER INN

Another bespoke dining experience at the Red Feather Inn.

Rustic intimate garden dining where you chat to your dedicated chef. Genuine farm to plate cuisine. The restaurant is open to in-house guests with a ‘chef’s choice’ menu available from Thursday to Saturday (other nights please enquire). A delicious shared platter is available Sunday to Wednesday. The Inn is open to the general public every Saturday evening (week nights please enquire).

Location

Red Feather Inn Hadspen is located in the Meander Valley, a 10-minute drive from Launceston. It is a 15-minute drive from Launceston Airport.

Allow … perhaps the possibility of checking into the Red Feather Inn.

TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION

TRANSPORT OPTIONS

Walking / Uber a small compact city it is relatively easy to navigate yourself around the city. For a quick taste of Launceston in a day it’s recommended you combine walking / cycling and uber transport.

CYCLING THE CITY

Want to bike the city in a day?

Pop into Design Tasmania ( Brisbane St & Tamar Street, Launceston) grab yourself an Art Bike and pedal around town. Just a note there’s a no booking policy, first in, first served, and you can hire a bike for the day, overnight or weekend.

Weather

Detailed Launceston Forecast

Launceston is cool throughout the year. Prepare to enjoy yourself with an umbrella and clothing layers.

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