A weekend in Launceston, Tasmania

by possandruby

Nestled along the banks of the Tamar River, is Launceston, one of the largest cities in Tasmania. The city seamlessly blends history with contemporary style and is a captivating destination that is constantly evolving. 

The foodie scene in Launceston is highly regarded founded by passionate, creative people who work with some of the finest local seasonal produce. The city has received international recognition and has been designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy – for it’s quality produce that leads to exceptional food and drink. There are endless dining choices from casual bites to sophisticated degustation menus, every palate can be pleased.

The natural beauty of Launceston embraces the city with the spectacular Cataract Gorge on the city’s doorstep and the Tamar River lapping at the city limits. There are so many things to see and do in Launceston that pique everyone’s interests and here we share some of the culinary, natural and cultural highlights to help plan a weekend trip to the city.

Places to eat in Launceston


Local ingredients with a modern Asian twist are what it’s all about here. Lovely wait staff greet diners in this inviting space discreetly situated on the Quadrant Mall. There are table options and a long bench bar for seating to enjoy the myriad of delicious dishes on offer. As the staff walk you through the ever-changing seasonal menu, the drinks flow from a finely curated list of local specialties. Take all the decision making off the table and choose the ‘Feed me’ menu and let the chef take care of you. 

Pachinko, 23 Quadrant Mall, Launceston

Du Cane

Self-proclaimed as Launceston’s first brew pub, Du Cane is a casual place to enjoy local brews and ciders. Named after the walks and experiences in the Du Cane Ranges near Cradle Mountain, the beverages are uncomplicated and easy to drink. The food offering here pairs perfectly, simple yet incredibly delicious featuring amazing woodfire pizzas created from local ingredients. You can gather your crew on one of the communal tables or find a quiet seat behind the beer tanks, there is also some outdoor seating, perfect when the weather is fine.

Du Cane, 60 -64 Elizabeth Street, Launceston


One of Launceston’s premier dining experiences on the River Tamar, Stillwater is a foodie experience not to be missed. The menu is perfectly balanced with local heroes including oysters, scallops, beef and pork complimented with seasonal ingredients. The service is exceptional and all staff extremely attentive. There is a delicious dessert menu at the end, so be sure to save a little room for a sweet treat. Top tip: when making a reservation request a table by the window to look out over the harbour.

Stillwater, 2 Bridge Road, Launceston

Tatler Lane

This welcoming space is a labour of love and generously invites people inside to nourish their body and soul through an amazing global menu and a state-of-the-art brew station. Sustainability is at the heart of production there is zero food waste, limited single use plastics and the coffee is roasted and ground on site. The coffee is a blend of Indian and Ethiopian beans linked back to the heritage of owner, Archana Brammall. The building was originally the town theatre and elements have been retained to recognise this. Enjoy a long brunch here (the porridge is amazing) or pop in for an evening drink – the space is created to embrace the community and you will feel right at home here.

Tatler Lane, 5/74-82 St John St, Launceston 


Harvest Market

This is a farmers market not to be missed! The Harvest Market is held in the centre of town every Saturday morning. Cheese, bread, juice, meat, fruit and vegetables, salt, olive oil, wine and gin are just some of the foodie finds here and there are coffee stands and food stalls to fuel you up while shopping. Bring your shopping bag and stock up on goodies for your visit.

Harvest Launceston, 71 Cimitiere Street, Launceston

Things to do in Launceston

Cataract Gorge Reserve

An icon of Launceston, Cataract Gorge is free to visit and is home to a range of attractions including the World’s Longest Single Chairlift Span (cost applies), various walking trails, a public swimming pool along with various picturesque picnic spots. Hop on the free Tiger Bus and catch a lift to Cataract Gorge Reserve. The Tiger Bus is a free transport service throughout the central city district, running 7 days a week. Follow the Cataract Gorge Run: This route will take you to the iconic Cataract Gorge Basin, passing through Launceston’s CBD.

Cataract Gorge Reserve, 74-90 Basin Rd, West Launceston

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG)

A one stop shop for culture vultures is the QVMAG, a combination gallery and museum that has been in operation since 1891. There are various galleries to explore from an immersive aboriginal heritage installation through to modern art exhibitions. The gallery is open 363 days per year and entry is free. Despite being Australia’s largest regional museum and gallery, the space feels intimate and the exhibits are easy to absorb and enjoy.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, 2 Invermay Street, Launceston

More things to do in Launceston

Luxury Golf and Scenic Tours

When you have 30 vineyards on your doorstep you definitely need a driver and a tour with Adam from Luxury Tours Tasmania is the perfect choice. The vehicle is super luxurious with excellent heating and cooling and plenty of space to store any purchases from the trip. An itinerary can be created to suit specific tastes and needs based on the seasons and producers available. Interesting commentary is provided along the way and Adam is a font of local knowledge. A sample itinerary includes a gin distillery, winery (or two), lunch and a brewery but you can work with Adam to tweak and arrange the itinerary to suit yourself.

Luxury Golf and Scenic Tours, various pick up locations

James Boag Brewery Tour

An historic experience right in the heart of town. Beer has been brewed here since the 1881’s and the story is one of determination, passion and community. Learn about the competition between Tassie brewers, the Boag’s family history, the process of making beer and the innovation influencing sustainability and quality. After the tour take the opportunity to enjoy some of the award-winning beers in the historic bar. Bookings essential.

James Boags Brewery Tours, 39 William St, Launceston

Places to stay in Launceston

There are various options for accommodation in Launceston from basic motels, chain hotels and boutique options. We stayed in an Airbnb conveniently situated within walking distance from cafes and restaurants, parks and major attractions. At the cosy cottage the accessible bathroom includes a large deep bath tub perfect for a soak after a long day of exploring. There is also a fridge and tea and coffee facilities. The room is light filled and the linens are high quality, providing a contemporary feel in an historic cottage.

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