21 March, 2024

The eco-friendly guide to Launceston and surrounds

Let this eco-friendly guide be your ticket to discovering Launceston and its surroundings in eco-conscious style.

Are you a nature-loving traveller on the lookout for the ultimate eco-friendly escape? Look no further than Launceston and its surrounding areas. From lush forests to captivating countryside, this destination offers an abundance of natural beauty just waiting to be explored. And the best part? You can immerse yourself in these stunning landscapes while treading lightly on the environment.

Peppers Silo Hotel. Photo: Rob Burnett.

Sustainable accommodations

Picture yourself staying in repurposed grain silos with breathtaking views of the Tamar River. Peppers Silo Hotel stands out as an award-winning haven that seamlessly blends luxury with eco-friendly, energy-efficient practices. For a quieter stay, head to Red Feather Inn in Hadspen village. This heritage-listed property exudes charm and is a spot for Tasmania's culinary heritage, as you indulge in farm-to-table dining or on-site cooking classes. It’s also home to the Tasmanian Walking Company experience.

Want a rural retreat? Consider Cherry Top Farm Stay, a hazelnut property nestled 20 minutes from Launceston. Wind down in the eco villa or set up a campsite, participate in farm activities, sample orchard produce and most of all, reconnect with nature.

Alternatively, The Trig Mt Arthur offers the perfect eco-friendly mountain getaway. Stay in cabins or glamping tents and soak Tassie’s sweeping landscapes.. With hiking trails at your doorstep and eco-friendly amenities, it promises an unforgettable wilderness experience.

If you’re looking to add some more nature to your Hobart tour, there are plenty of routes to scratch the itch. Take your bike up Mount Wellington on a beginner-friendly cycle, where you’re welcomed to signature panoramic views of the city and beyond.

For those seeking a longer ride, venture out to the Huon Valley, where you can explore small towns, apple orchards, rolling farmlands, and wineries. Pinot and pedal anyone? You can hire from Huon Bikes.

And for our avid cyclists, take a ride along these popular bike routes such as the Bury Me Standing loops from Mount Stuart or Blackmans Bay, the Cascades Female Factory loop from Tolmans Hill, and the bike loop from Tranmere.

Blue Derby Pods Ride. Photo: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett.

Eco-friendly transportation

Launceston is cycle-friendly thanks to the region’s commitment to sustainable transportation options. Rent a bike from Up Down Around - Mountain Bike Tasmania and embark on a self-guided tour of the nearby trails, including the renowned Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails.

If cycling is not your thing, the free Tiger Bus is the perfect option. It's a convenient and eco-friendly way to explore the city’s attractions with its hop-on-hop-off bus service.See the city at your leisure as the bus stops at all popular destinations, including iconic Cataract Gorge and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Stillwater. Photo: Nat Mendham.

Embracing local cuisine

Tasmanians pride themselves on showcasing local produce and makers as much as possible. That’s why discovering delectable foods, locally-sourced produce, and farm-to-table dining is not hard to find in Launceston.

Enjoy a long lunch in a converted 1830s flour mill overlooking the Tamar River. Stillwater Restaurant celebrates Tasmania's diverse produce, offering a seasonal menu that highlights the region’s best flavours.

For a more casual dining experience, visit Sweetbrew Cafe or Earthly Eats, both cosy eateries known for specialty coffee and locally sourced menu items. Or sample delectable organic wines at Small Wonder Wines — this Tamar Valley vineyard has a holistic eco-conscious approach to their winemaking business.

Tarkine Trails. Photo: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett.

Connecting with nature

Set off on an adventure with Tarkine Trails and dive into the ancient forests of the Tarkine wilderness. Led by friendly guides, these tours explore the last remaining temperate rainforests on Earth. Wander among the towering trees, vibrant waterfalls, and spot wildlife like Tasmanian devils and native birds.

For a more slow-paced adventure, check out the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. This sanctuary is a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Spend your day observing migratory bird species in their natural habitat, such as black swans to majestic egrets. Hot tip — pack a picnic. That way you can savour a leisurely lunch while taking in the unparalleled beauty of Tassie’s wetlands.

Harvest Market Launceston. Photo: Tourism Tasmania

Supporting conservation efforts

Looking to support local conservation efforts and initiatives during your stay? Visit the Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary at Trowunna Wildlife Park. See the passionate efforts to protect and nurture this near-extinct species. They host educational programs and guided tours, offering an opportunity to get up close to these rare creatures while learning about this safe haven.

You can also support sustainable agriculture by visiting Harvest Launceston, a vibrant Saturday farmers' market home to Tasmania's seasonal produce and artisanal products. Meet the local growers and producers and purchase from them directly — it’s an added bonus when you can enjoy the freshest ingredients while supporting the region’s agricultural sustainability.

Launceston and its surrounds are an eco-conscious traveller’s dream. From sustainable accommodations to eco-friendly transportation options, locally sourced cuisine, and engaging eco-friendly activities, it hosts so many opportunities to explore and experience this corner of Tasmania. So pack your bags, embark on an eco-friendly adventure, and discover the magic of Launceston and its surroundings for yourself.


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