Things To Know Before You Go To Launceston

G’day Travelers! Having recently got back from Launceston, I thought I’d put together another handy list of things to know before you go to Launceston for the first time.

Launceston is a relatively small city, but it’s the second largest in Tasmania. It was built predominately in the late 1800’s and has a very British countryside feel with the Victorian and Georgian style architecture.

Getting To The City From The Airport

Launceston airport is very small airport, with only 4 gates, so it doesn’t offer a lot in way of infrastructure (it has all the basics but not all the shopping and dinning you find in bigger airports). However it is very convenient in terms of placement, as it is located only about 15-20 minutes drive outside the city with an easy access off the highway. There is a shuttle bus service – to and from the airport. Since I was there during a big event the airport was very busy, so I found that it easier to catch a taxi to and from the airport. Taxi’s are a little bit more expensive, however they were easy enough to get outside the arrival hall, and I didn’t have to wait long at all for one. My trips to and from the airport only set me back $35.

Find out more about the airport, including the facilities, head on over to the website. – I found there wasn’t much to do at the airport and only a small coffee shop once you’ve passed through security. So if you’re flights are around times you’d be looking for a meal, I’d grab something before you made your way to the airport.

Getting Around The City

There’s not much in the way of a public transport system in Launceston. The state does run a public bus service with a couple of different routes through the city, but I didn’t see many busses on the roads when I was walking around. You can find out more the busses on Metro Tas website –

I found it easier to walk around, being a small city it wasn’t far to walk most places. It only took me about 20 minutes to walk from the center of town to Cataract Gorge. I’m not sure if there is an easy option for renting bikes in the city, but there were plenty of cycle ways as well. So that could be a good option also. But I didn’t have any trouble walking around the city.

Getting Beyond The City

Tasmania is one of those places where you really need a car to get around. Anything outside the city you’ll either need to book a taxi or rent a car. Tasmania looks like a great road trip destination, so next time I head there I’ll definitely be renting a car and spending some time driving around and enjoying the scenery.

Where To Find Food

In the center of town there are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes, particularly near the Brisbane Street Mall area. You can find all sorts of options from fast food through to nicer restaurants. My pick however would be any of the pubs around town. There seemed to be a pub on just about every street, all with a the selection of reasonably priced food which was pretty good.

Down towards where the Tamar and North Esk rivers meet, I noticed some fancier and more expensive seafood restaurants. I’ve been told that Tasmania is famous for its seafood so that might be worth checking out, however I personally didn’t try those restaurants.

Where To Stay

There are some good options when it comes to accommodation for Launceston. You’ll find some of the fancier, more expensive hotels around the water and gorge. If you are looking for something a little cheaper with a standard sort of room, there are several hotels in the heart of the city that would be good options. Here’s a selection of the hotels in Launceston.

If you’d like to know more about what I got up to in Launceston, check out my 24 Hours in Launceston blog post.

Have you been to the Launceston before? Feel something else should have been on the list? Let me know comment below so I can check them out for next time.

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About the Author: Rhys Vandersyde

Traveler, Photographer, Content Creator. I've spent the last 10 years exploring all over the world, but there is still plenty more to see.

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