Cataract Gorge Reserve

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Launceston is the second-largest city in Tasmania with a moderate climate throughout the year.  These mild temperatures, particularly in the summer, make it a popular destination for tourists.  This, along with great sightseeing and Launceston accommodation to suit every budget, makes it possible for anyone to plan their next getaway here.  Whether your budget allows for a luxury room at a 5 star hotel or you are on the hunt for cheap Launceston accommodation, the best place to do your research and make your Tassie hotel booking is online.

Top outdoor attractions near Launceston

For many tourists, a visit to Launceston means spending as much time outside as possible.  Visitors tend to enjoy breakfast and leave their hotel as early as possible to set out on a full day adventure.  The Cataract Gorge Reserve is a top attraction in the area and never disappoints.  Not only is this a breathtakingly beautiful area but it also holds an important meaning in terms of the local history.  The constant supply of rushing water through the area was the leading reason for establishing a permanent settlement here.  It’s just 15 minutes from the city centre which makes it extremely accessible and there are several hiking paths throughout the reserve to explore.  These paths vary in difficulty levels so you can choose an easy or more challenging route.  The reserve is also home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world, a historic hydro-electric station and a swimming pool.  You can even sit down at the restaurant or café for lunch and enjoy a stroll around the well-maintained gardens and across the suspension bridge while you are here.

The Launceston City Park is another favourite for those looking to enjoy a relaxing stroll outside.  Along with the green surroundings, visitors can also enjoy watching some Macaque monkeys play in their special enclosure, take a train ride around the park and visit the various museums.

The wineries in the Tamar Valley are certainly worth visiting.  Whether you are a wine fan or not, the views and natural scenery are still worth the trip.  During the winter months, you can expect at least most of the wineries here to be closed so make sure that you phone ahead of time to check.

Other attractions in Launceston

The Town Clock is a popular landmark in Launceston and many visitors make a point of waiting around to hear it chime.  The clock makes a lovely sound on the hour, every hour.  However, for visitors, booking your hotel in Launceston too close to the clock can make for sleepless nights.  Make sure that you take your surroundings into account when booking your accommodation!

Franklin House is a popular historic landmark and is run by enthusiastic volunteers.  Not only can you enjoy the house itself but you can even stick around for tea and scones.  Like many other sights and attractions, if you visit during the winter months, you should phone ahead to check if they are open.  In fact, if possible, you should try to contact as many such locations as possible before booking your trip and accommodation in Launceston.  You wouldn’t want to get there only to find that your favourite activities are closed for the colder months.

Don’t forget to explore the local shops during your visit.  You will find everything from locally produced honey and sweets to arts and crafts.  The Harvest Launceston Farmers’ Market is an excellent place to pick up some fresh produce during your visit.