Famed for its riverside location, panoramic views, long-winded history and eclectic art scene, Launceston is an absolute dream location for thrill seekers and history buffs alike.


There are so many ways to soak up the beauty and culture of this Tasmanian city. If you’re planning an adventure in Launceston, be sure to squeeze a few of these fun activities in your itinerary.


Treetop adventure in Launceston

Soar through the trees in Hollybank Forest. © Hollybank Adventures


Zip line adventure at Hollybank Adventures

Just 20 minutes from Launceston, an adrenaline-packed adventure awaits in Hollybank Forest. Here, you can soar like an eagle on Tasmania’s longest zip line and take on the thrilling high ropes course that lets you explore the tree canopy like a monkey. From wobbly bridges and tight ropes to swinging nets and hidden obstacles, this aerial challenge will keep you entertained for hours. There are various different courses depending on your age and tolerance for heights. 

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James Boag Brewery in Launceston

Take a sip of history at the James Boag Brewery. © RedBalloon


James Boag’s Brewery Tour

Spend the afternoon exploring one of Launceston’s hottest tourist attractions. The James Boag Brewery is packed with fascinating history, dating back to the 1840s. Learn about the process from grain to glass on a guided tour and finish up with a tasting session at the James Boag bar. You can also grab a bite to eat after the tour, peruse the museum and grab a souvenir from the gift shop.

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River cruise in Launceston

Wine, dine, cruise and soak up the atmosphere. © RedBalloon


Cruise through Tamar Valley and Cataract Gorge

Looking for a serene way to spend an afternoon in Launceston? Jump aboard this fine vessel and soak up the stunning views as you explore the Launceston riverfront precinct, into Cataract Gorge and on towards Tamar Island. Spot historic buildings, churches and gorgeous homesteads as you make your way to the Batman Bridge. This four-hour cruise includes morning tea, a light lunch, fruit and cheese platter and Tasmania beer and wine tasting. A truly relaxing, gourmet experience!

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Horse riding in Mersey Valley, Tasmania

Saddle up and explore Mersey Valley. © RedBalloon


Horse trail ride in Mersey Valley

Get out of the city for the day and explore Tasmania’s stunning Mersey Valley on horseback. From eucalypt forests to sprawling farmland, both beginners and expert horseback riders will enjoy this gentle trot through the hinterland. Keep an eye out for wallabies and platypus along the way. You’ll be accompanied by an expert guide who will share the stories behind the spectacular landscape.

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Gorgeous historic manor house at Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston. © Choice Hotels


Where to stay in Launceston

This grand manor is steeped in history and oozing elegance. Built in 1847, the Quality Hotel™ Colonial Launceston strikes the perfect balance between old world charm and modern facilities. This National Trust recognised property is located within walking distance to Launceston’s beloved attractions such as the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and Cataract Gorge. 

You don’t have to go far for a delicious meal or a tasty coffee. Three Steps on George and QC Brasserie are two eateries located on the property, ready to fuel you up for the day or help you wind down in the evening. You’ll have plenty of room styles to choose from, ranging from Queen rooms to Penthouse suites.

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Comfy suites to help you rest after a day of exploring Launceston. © Choice Hotels


Can’t wait to get out and explore again?

We’ve teamed up with Choice Hotels™ and RedBalloon to give eight lucky readers the chance to choose their own adventure anywhere in Australia. The prize includes 2x nights free accommodation at any Choice Hotel around the country PLUS a $500 RedBalloon voucher to spend on an unforgettable experience.

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