Things to do around Launceston & North East Tasmania

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Launceston and North East Tasmania has something for everyone!

There are plenty of things to do around Launceston & North East Tasmania to create your own adventure. You’ll taste plenty of farm-fresh produce and wines from flourishing vineyards, fresh seafoods from its coastline or a host of good artisanal produce from farmyards and orchards in this region.

With such varied landscape, you may find yourself taking leisurely sunset strolls along pristine beaches, exploring spectacular National Parks teeming with wildlife, try your hand at guided fly fishing for trout, kayaking, fossicking for gold or feel the adrenaline traversing mountain bike trails in rugged ranges – there’s 125 kilometres of Blue Derby mountain bike networks here.

Dining experiences makes Tasmania’s north east an irresistible draw card for lovers of good food and distinctive drinks. There’s also an abundance of golf courses in the north east and a rich calendar of cultural events too, like Mona Foma and the Effervescence Champagne Festival.

Fly direct to Launceston from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney or take a 2.5 hr drive from Hobart. If you’re coming by sea, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry departs Geelong for Devonport, which is an hour’s drive from Launceston.

We recommend a Tassie road trip staying at our selected Tasmanian accommodation.

Wellness & Pampering

Explore & Discover

  • Tamar Valley Food and Wine Boutique Tours – popular pit stops at world-class cellar doors like Jansz, Tamar Ridge and Josef Chromy (for sparkling wines especially) are essential
  • Catch a trout with guided fly fishing
  • Fossick for river gems, bird watch, fish on the Hobie Pro Angler kayak tour
  • Bucket List Golf Tours, look up Luxury Tours Tasmania
  • Benargal Golf Course – Three iconic golf courses – golfing treasures for both the enthusiast & social golfer.
  • Explore the Pipers River Wineries and Pyengana Dairy
  • Have a picnic at Fork It Farm or Little Blue Lake
  • Take the Trail of the Tin Dragon Tourist Route
  • Visit the spectacular Bay of Fires with its azure blue waters and rocks covered in striking orange lichen
  • Mount William National Park is a must to hike, swim or picnic
  • Have a drink at The Weldborough
  • Get some mountain bike adrenaline through the Blue Derby Trails
  • Experience Launceston’s slice of wilderness at the Cataract Gorge for walking & hiking trails, the world’s longest single span chairlift, pool, restaurant, kiosk, cafe, peacocks & wildlife, gardens, suspension bridge, an inclinator for easy access & spectacular views.
  • Find Launceston’s sense of place on a Heritage Walk
  • Visit a Pub in The Paddock
  • Hike the Columba Falls Walk or try your hand at a “tree ropes” obstacle course in Hollybank Wilderness Adventures
  • Visit the home of home of North Tasmania’s art, history & science at the Queen Victoria Museum
  • Visit the fields of the colour purple and discover lavender’ use beyond its scent at Bridestowe Lavender Estate 
  • Take a road trip to the Tamar Valley Wine Centre, Exeter to wine, dine and fill up the boot with Tamar’s best
  • Home to The Tassie Motorsport Hall of Fame located in Invermay is the National Automobile Museum
  • Discover Australia’s largest cool-temperate forest at Takayna / Tarkine Forest
  • Explore St Helens

Good Eats

  • Mudbar and  Cataract on Paterson boasts quirky yet elegant industrial design paired with contemporary cuisine and excellent service – available for dining and events
  • Experience the passion of Italian made with the best of local ingredients at swanky up market Stelo at Pierre’s
  • At Josef Chromy Wines Restaurant in Relbia you’ll be bowled over as you clap eyes on the setting amongst old English gardens. Experience superb Tasmanian wines and fine cuisine made with fresh local produce. There’s restaurant and casual dining options.
  • Devour the freshest seafood while looking out over pristine waters of the North Esk River at Launceston’s Seaport at Rupert and Hound offering indoor and outdoor dining (event bookings up to 100) that reflects local, sustainable and seasonal seafood and non-seafood dining.
  • Natural food systems in Tasmania are well known. One of the very few places on the planet growing beef free of artificial hormones and antibiotics, animals are grass fed and free ranging, happy cows taste better and are kinder to the planet. Let your taste buds relish the finest of Tassie steaks at Black Cow Bistro.
  • Discover multi-awarded restaurants `brimming with Tasmania’s harvest at Stillwater and Grain of the Silos.
  • Cafe Mondelo, Launceston and Bread and Butter for buttery croissants and sweet treats
  • Try legendary coffee at The Cabin, Exeter
  • Mad Apple Cafe, 122 St John St, Launceston
  • George Town SeaFoods
  • Pickled Evenings, 135 George St, Launceston
  • Rustic Bakehouse Cressy
  • Miner’s Gold Brewery
  • Western Tiers Distillery, Westbury
  • Brady’s Tavern at Penny Royal
  • Head to Bread & Butter for their scrumptious pastries and breads….the Bakeshop Donut French Toast is a ‘must have’. Then there’s the pies…

Foodies

  • Bursting with cooking schools, Red Feather Inn and Cooking School, Sylvia’s Kitchen Cooking School, Tamar River Cooking School
  • Harvest Market, Launceston
  • Youngs Vegie Shed
  • Pachinko- acknowledges the Palawa people as traditional custodians of the land on which we work, gather, and nourish. They are an intimate, 20-seat modern-Asian restaurant centrally located in the picturesque Quadrant Mall. Produce is sourced locally to create a refined, casual cuisine designed for sharing and facilitation of fun times. Wednesday – Saturday // 5.30 – LATE – 23 Quadrant Mall, Launceston
  • Pepper Bush Adventures – A micro business and family operation – Craig, Ben and Janine Williams operate Pepper Bush Adventures from Scottsdale in north east Tasmania & deliver Tasmanian tours for international & Australian visitors by providing private Tasmanian wilderness, wildlife & lifestyle touring options. Although primarily a nature-based tour operation, Bushie, Ben & Janine also enjoy touring in the Sparkling Pipers & Tamar Valley wine regions. See Tasmanian Ultimate Wildlife Experience and Bushie’s Backyard promotional videos.
  • Hip and happening foodies head to Blue Cafe Inc on Invermay Road in Launceston.
  • The Claredon Arms – Located in historic Evandale, they have a passion for using local and quality suppliers – craft beer, beer garden, restaurant, woodfire, coffee, weddings & functions
  •  Timbre -Is a space to eat and drink from constantly evolving menus & drinks lists, powered by a local community of diners, producers & backyard growers. From lazy Sunday lunches to pizza parties & bespoke events & weddings.
  • Novaros
  • Visit top bars – Geronimo’s Bar,  Bar Tw0, Henry’s, and Saint John Craft Beer located at 133 St John St, Launceston
  • Enjoy breathtaking views and handcrafted wines at Wine For Joany’s – 163 Glendale Rd, Kelso
  • Anabels of Scottsdale Restaurant – has character, heritage and prestige in a beautifully restored historic accommodation surrounded by heritage gardens in Tasmania’s north-east.
  • Bridport Bay Inn & Cafe
  • Jo & Co Cafe – 74 Main Rd, Penguin. Closes 3pm
  • Kendalls Scottsdale Hotel
  • The Imperial Hotel – Branxholm. Lords Hotel
  • Infuse Coffee Roasters – Burnie
  • Chapel Coffee

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If you think Launceston & North East Tasmania sounds like an amazing holiday destination, why not see our Stays with a WOW accommodation in Launceston and North East Tasmania

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