Simon’s guide to Launceston and Tasmania

Simon
Simon’s guide to Launceston and Tasmania

Local Attractions

The Cataract Gorge (14min walk to the start of the gorge walking path) (20min walk to the basin) Launcestons most famous attraction, a must for any tourist. Its no grand canyon but a magic spot for a walk, coffee, swim or relax. A 457m long chairlift will take you across the basin and give you a great view up and down the gorge. Believed to be the longest single span chairlift in the world.
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Cataract Gorge Reserve
74-90 Basin Rd
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The Cataract Gorge (14min walk to the start of the gorge walking path) (20min walk to the basin) Launcestons most famous attraction, a must for any tourist. Its no grand canyon but a magic spot for a walk, coffee, swim or relax. A 457m long chairlift will take you across the basin and give you a great view up and down the gorge. Believed to be the longest single span chairlift in the world.
Seaport and Royal Park (13min walk) At the start of the Tamar River walk along the rivers edge boardwalk to various restaurants and cafes.
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Seaport Boulevard
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Seaport and Royal Park (13min walk) At the start of the Tamar River walk along the rivers edge boardwalk to various restaurants and cafes.
Penny Royal (14min walk) Experience some of Tasmanias convict history. A charming complex of bars and restaurants overlooking a small lake with a wide range of activities for the whole family including, indoor climbing, cliff walk, cliff jump, zip line and a spooky boat ride. Worth the visit!
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Penny Royal Adventures
1 Bridge Rd
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Penny Royal (14min walk) Experience some of Tasmanias convict history. A charming complex of bars and restaurants overlooking a small lake with a wide range of activities for the whole family including, indoor climbing, cliff walk, cliff jump, zip line and a spooky boat ride. Worth the visit!
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery QVMAG (34min walk) The largest museum in Australia not located in a capital city. Collections include colonial art, contemporary craft and design, Tasmanian history, natural sciences and a zoology collection. Kids love it, with plenty of fun and engaging activities on offer.
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Queen Victoria Museum and Planetarium
2 Invermay Rd
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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery QVMAG (34min walk) The largest museum in Australia not located in a capital city. Collections include colonial art, contemporary craft and design, Tasmanian history, natural sciences and a zoology collection. Kids love it, with plenty of fun and engaging activities on offer.
James Boags Brewery tour (24min walk) A 90 minute tour through Tasmanias biggest brewery which was established in 1881. Finish the tour with a tasting in the heritage listed Brewer Bar.
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James Boag Brewery Experience
69 Esplanade
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James Boags Brewery tour (24min walk) A 90 minute tour through Tasmanias biggest brewery which was established in 1881. Finish the tour with a tasting in the heritage listed Brewer Bar.
City Park (27min walk) This 7acre park on the edge of the city of Launceston is a great spot for a family visit or picnic. The kids can play on the playground, hop on the train, feed the ducks and watch the macaque monkeys as they run around their enclosure.
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City Park
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City Park (27min walk) This 7acre park on the edge of the city of Launceston is a great spot for a family visit or picnic. The kids can play on the playground, hop on the train, feed the ducks and watch the macaque monkeys as they run around their enclosure.
Tamar Island Wetlands (10min drive) An easy 1.5hr return walk along the boarded walkway will take you to this 17acre island packed with various birds and wildlife.
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Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
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Tamar Island Wetlands (10min drive) An easy 1.5hr return walk along the boarded walkway will take you to this 17acre island packed with various birds and wildlife.
Tamar Valley Wine Region (10min drive) Spend a day cruising around the beautiful Tamar Valley sampling some of Australias and the worlds finest wines. Varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive in Tasmanias cool climate. Some of my Favourite vineyards include Clover Hill, Moores Hill, Josef Chromy Wines, Holm Oak and Tamar Ridge. Check out the brochures provided for the full Tamar Valley Wine Route.
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Tamar Valley Wine Centre
49 Main Rd
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Tamar Valley Wine Region (10min drive) Spend a day cruising around the beautiful Tamar Valley sampling some of Australias and the worlds finest wines. Varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive in Tasmanias cool climate. Some of my Favourite vineyards include Clover Hill, Moores Hill, Josef Chromy Wines, Holm Oak and Tamar Ridge. Check out the brochures provided for the full Tamar Valley Wine Route.

Local Breakfast

Cuccina Cafe (1 min walk) One of my favourites, Cuccina is a good solid all-rounder. Really yummy food, big menu, lovely sunny outdoor seating and well priced! Your closest coffee, located just at the bottom of the hill.
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Cuccina Cafe Restaurant
57 Frederick St
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Cuccina Cafe (1 min walk) One of my favourites, Cuccina is a good solid all-rounder. Really yummy food, big menu, lovely sunny outdoor seating and well priced! Your closest coffee, located just at the bottom of the hill.
Stillwater (12 min walk) One of Launcestons finest restaurants. Situated in an 1830s flourmill its a great location with views over the Tamar River. This is the place to go if you want cuisine with an emphasis on local Tasmanian produce. Not your traditional style menu but absolutely delicious!
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Stillwater Restaurant and Stillwater Seven Accommodation
2 Bridge Rd
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Stillwater (12 min walk) One of Launcestons finest restaurants. Situated in an 1830s flourmill its a great location with views over the Tamar River. This is the place to go if you want cuisine with an emphasis on local Tasmanian produce. Not your traditional style menu but absolutely delicious!
Samuel Pepys Cafe (16 min walk) Trip advisors highest rated café for breakfast, I love it here. Really cute and quirky café. Cannot fault the menu and the customer service is excellent.
Samuel Pepys Cafe
23 Yorktown Square
Samuel Pepys Cafe (16 min walk) Trip advisors highest rated café for breakfast, I love it here. Really cute and quirky café. Cannot fault the menu and the customer service is excellent.
Mondello (11 min walk) Cute little cafe serving delicious more traditional breakfasts with indoor and outdoor seating. If mondello is fully booked there is also another cafe called Elaia right next door. Mondello's smashed avo with feta is divine!
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Cafe Mondello
242 Charles Street
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Mondello (11 min walk) Cute little cafe serving delicious more traditional breakfasts with indoor and outdoor seating. If mondello is fully booked there is also another cafe called Elaia right next door. Mondello's smashed avo with feta is divine!
Earthy Eats (12 min walk) With emphasis on fresh, healthy and local produce Earthy Eats offers a range of meals and smoothies that will leave you feeling cleansed and healthy. Vegetarian options available.
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Earthy Eats
19 Kingsway
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Earthy Eats (12 min walk) With emphasis on fresh, healthy and local produce Earthy Eats offers a range of meals and smoothies that will leave you feeling cleansed and healthy. Vegetarian options available.
Rupert and Hound (20 min walk) My favourite place for brunch! R&H is a lovely stroll through Royal Park and along the seaport boardwalk. Located on the Tamar River, R&H offers contemporary but relaxed alfresco dining with views over the river. The delicious menu emphasises fresh local produce.
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Rupert & Hound
30 Seaport Blvd
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Rupert and Hound (20 min walk) My favourite place for brunch! R&H is a lovely stroll through Royal Park and along the seaport boardwalk. Located on the Tamar River, R&H offers contemporary but relaxed alfresco dining with views over the river. The delicious menu emphasises fresh local produce.
Cube Coffee (20 min walk) Also located on the Tamar River at seaport, Cube offers casual and relaxed alfresco dining with simple menu options for breakfast and lunch. Great for families and nothing over $20.
Cube Coffee
28 Seaport Blvd
Cube Coffee (20 min walk) Also located on the Tamar River at seaport, Cube offers casual and relaxed alfresco dining with simple menu options for breakfast and lunch. Great for families and nothing over $20.

Local Lunch and Dinner ($$$)

Mud Bar (19 min walk) I can confidently say Mud is my favourite restaurant in Launceston. The food, service and location make for a pleasant dining experience. With indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the marina at seaport offering Australian and Asian infusion dishes.
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Mud Bar & Restaurant
28 Seaport Blvd
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Mud Bar (19 min walk) I can confidently say Mud is my favourite restaurant in Launceston. The food, service and location make for a pleasant dining experience. With indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the marina at seaport offering Australian and Asian infusion dishes.
Stillwater (12 min walk) One of Launcestons finest restaurants. Situated in an 1830s flourmill its a great location with views over the Tamar River. This is the place to go if you want cuisine with an emphasis on local Tasmanian produce. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner or a drink in the wine bar.
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Stillwater Restaurant and Stillwater Seven Accommodation
2 Bridge Rd
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Stillwater (12 min walk) One of Launcestons finest restaurants. Situated in an 1830s flourmill its a great location with views over the Tamar River. This is the place to go if you want cuisine with an emphasis on local Tasmanian produce. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner or a drink in the wine bar.
The Black Cow (19 min walk) If you're after a real Tassie Cape Grim steak accompanied by local produce then this up market steakhouse is a must. A little pricey but arguably Launceston's best steak!
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The Black Cow
70 George St
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The Black Cow (19 min walk) If you're after a real Tassie Cape Grim steak accompanied by local produce then this up market steakhouse is a must. A little pricey but arguably Launceston's best steak!
Rupert and Hound (20 min walk) R&H is a lovely stroll through Royal Park and along the seaport boardwalk. Located on the Tamar River, R&H offers contemporary but relaxed alfresco dining with views over the river. The delicious menu emphasises fresh local produce.
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Rupert & Hound
30 Seaport Blvd
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Rupert and Hound (20 min walk) R&H is a lovely stroll through Royal Park and along the seaport boardwalk. Located on the Tamar River, R&H offers contemporary but relaxed alfresco dining with views over the river. The delicious menu emphasises fresh local produce.
Josef Chromy Wines (14min drive) If you love a glass of wine on the deck with stunning views over the lake and vineyard then Josef Chromys is a must. Beautiful spot for lunch or a platter matched with multi award winning wines.
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Josef Chromy Wines
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Josef Chromy Wines (14min drive) If you love a glass of wine on the deck with stunning views over the lake and vineyard then Josef Chromys is a must. Beautiful spot for lunch or a platter matched with multi award winning wines.

Local Lunch and Dinner ($$)

Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (5 min walk) One of Launcestons favourites and the highest rated Chinese Restaurant on Trip Advisor. Chinese classics and banquets served in a beautifully decorated and themed building.
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
95-97 Canning St
Dynasty Chinese Restaurant (5 min walk) One of Launcestons favourites and the highest rated Chinese Restaurant on Trip Advisor. Chinese classics and banquets served in a beautifully decorated and themed building.
Spice Lounge (19 min walk) Indian restaurant located at the seaport. Lovely setting and delicious food. Are also very helpful with vegetarian and vegan options.
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Spice Lounge
24 Seaport Blvd
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Spice Lounge (19 min walk) Indian restaurant located at the seaport. Lovely setting and delicious food. Are also very helpful with vegetarian and vegan options.
Levee food Co (19min walk) Levee is located at Launcestons seaport serving modern Australian cuisine. Mid priced, wood fired pizzas and great for families.
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Levee Food Co
27 Seaport Blvd
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Levee food Co (19min walk) Levee is located at Launcestons seaport serving modern Australian cuisine. Mid priced, wood fired pizzas and great for families.
Cataract on Patterson (10min walk) This contemporary restaurant boasts a large menu and is popular with many locals. The Stonegrill is a unique experience where your meal is presented to you on a 400C volcanic stone where you can cook your food to your own liking.
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Cataract on Paterson
135 Paterson Street
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Cataract on Patterson (10min walk) This contemporary restaurant boasts a large menu and is popular with many locals. The Stonegrill is a unique experience where your meal is presented to you on a 400C volcanic stone where you can cook your food to your own liking.
Penny Royal Restaurant and Bradys tavern (14min walk) Penny Royal is definitely worth a visit. A charming complex of bars and restaurants overlooking a small lake with a wide range of activities for the whole family.
Brady's Tavern at Penny Royal
1 Bridge Road
Penny Royal Restaurant and Bradys tavern (14min walk) Penny Royal is definitely worth a visit. A charming complex of bars and restaurants overlooking a small lake with a wide range of activities for the whole family.
Jailhouse grill (10min walk) Mid priced restaurant serving Australian cuisine located in an 1850s building with a playful convict theme. Plenty of options on the menu for all including a free salad bar.
Jailhouse Grill
32 Wellington St
Jailhouse grill (10min walk) Mid priced restaurant serving Australian cuisine located in an 1850s building with a playful convict theme. Plenty of options on the menu for all including a free salad bar.

Local Lunch and Dinner ($)

Buddha Thai (10min walk) Affordable BYO restaurant offering authentic Thai cuisine. Dine in or takeaway.
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Buddha Thai
168 Charles St
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Buddha Thai (10min walk) Affordable BYO restaurant offering authentic Thai cuisine. Dine in or takeaway.
Burger Got Soul (13 min walk) This popular Tassie chain are my favourite burgers in Launceston. More of a fresher spin on these burgers with plenty of delicious options available for eat in or takeaway.
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Burger Got Soul Launceston
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Burger Got Soul (13 min walk) This popular Tassie chain are my favourite burgers in Launceston. More of a fresher spin on these burgers with plenty of delicious options available for eat in or takeaway.
Burger Junkie (14 min walk) American burger bar with local beers on tap. The Kentucky style burgers and loaded fries makes this the most popular burger spot in Launceston.
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Burger Junkie
105 St John St
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Burger Junkie (14 min walk) American burger bar with local beers on tap. The Kentucky style burgers and loaded fries makes this the most popular burger spot in Launceston.
Pizza Capers (11min walk) Large variety of delicious classic and gourmet pizzas. They offer eat in, takeaway and delivery.
Pizza Capers
182 Brisbane St
Pizza Capers (11min walk) Large variety of delicious classic and gourmet pizzas. They offer eat in, takeaway and delivery.
Dominos Pizza (6 min walk) Popular pizza chain with a big range including budget pizza options.
Domino's Pizza Launceston
76B Wellington St
Dominos Pizza (6 min walk) Popular pizza chain with a big range including budget pizza options.
Mortys Food Hall (11min walk) Mortys is a food hall with many cuisines under one roof. Plenty of lower cost takeaway options including Chinese, Thai, Indian, Fish and Chips, Bento, Noodle box, Subway, KFC, Kebabs.
Morty's Food Court
25F Wellington St
Mortys Food Hall (11min walk) Mortys is a food hall with many cuisines under one roof. Plenty of lower cost takeaway options including Chinese, Thai, Indian, Fish and Chips, Bento, Noodle box, Subway, KFC, Kebabs.

Local Bars

Saint John Craft Beer (13min walk) My favourite bar in Launceston! 16 beer taps serving local, interstate and international craft beer and cider. 200+ bottled beers to choose from, a great selection of wine and a gin bar out the back. Also serving some of the most delicious burgers in Launceston.
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Saint John Craft Beer Bar
133 St John Street
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Saint John Craft Beer (13min walk) My favourite bar in Launceston! 16 beer taps serving local, interstate and international craft beer and cider. 200+ bottled beers to choose from, a great selection of wine and a gin bar out the back. Also serving some of the most delicious burgers in Launceston.
HAVILAH (10 min walk) Launcestons newest wine bar. Opened in July 2020, HAVILAH is the place to learn, taste and understand Tasmanian wine. A list of local beers and classic cocktails join the extensive wine list. The delicious share plates and cheese platters are based on seasonal produce from local growers. My favourite place for a quiet drink before or after dinner.
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HAVILAH
178 Charles Street
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HAVILAH (10 min walk) Launcestons newest wine bar. Opened in July 2020, HAVILAH is the place to learn, taste and understand Tasmanian wine. A list of local beers and classic cocktails join the extensive wine list. The delicious share plates and cheese platters are based on seasonal produce from local growers. My favourite place for a quiet drink before or after dinner.
Mud Bar (19min walk) Contemporary, casual and relaxed. A nice walk following the edge of the Tamar River. Located at Seaport with plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the river. Great spot on a sunny afternoon or evening.
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Mud Bar & Restaurant
28 Seaport Blvd
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Mud Bar (19min walk) Contemporary, casual and relaxed. A nice walk following the edge of the Tamar River. Located at Seaport with plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the river. Great spot on a sunny afternoon or evening.
The Kingsway (12min walk) Cosy, moody with Launcestons best range of Tasmanian whisky and gin.
KINGSWAY Bar
33 Kingsway
The Kingsway (12min walk) Cosy, moody with Launcestons best range of Tasmanian whisky and gin.
Tandys Alehouse (9 min walk) Great little craft beer bar with only Tasmanian beers on tap.
Tandy's Alehouse
100 Elizabeth St
Tandys Alehouse (9 min walk) Great little craft beer bar with only Tasmanian beers on tap.

Local Pubs

Cock and Bull British Pub (8 min walk) The closest pub to you! A British style pub with great beers on tap and decent pub meals.
Cock'n'Bull British Pub
Cock and Bull British Pub (8 min walk) The closest pub to you! A British style pub with great beers on tap and decent pub meals.
Irish Murphys (9 min walk) An Irish style pub with a nice restaurant. Live music played every night of the week.
The Irish
211 Brisbane St
Irish Murphys (9 min walk) An Irish style pub with a nice restaurant. Live music played every night of the week.
Sporties (12 min walk) A great sports bar with relaxed indoor and outdoor dining serving great pub meals. Plenty of TVs that will always be showing the best live sports. Live music on weekends.
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Sporties Hotel
252 Charles St
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Sporties (12 min walk) A great sports bar with relaxed indoor and outdoor dining serving great pub meals. Plenty of TVs that will always be showing the best live sports. Live music on weekends.