Shop for Tasmanian produce at Harvest Market
This fabulous Saturday farmers’ market features up to 80 stalls each week, brimming with the finest local produce from juicy tomatoes to homemade bread, olive oils, pies, artisanal cheeses, meats, flowers, seafood – you name it. It’s all sold by the very hands that made it, so the passion behind the produce shines through.
Walk through fields of lavender at Bridestowe Lavender Estate
A 50-minute drive out of the city is Bridestowe Lavender Estate, where nearby in 1921, London perfumer CK Denny founded his farm with a humble packet of lavender seeds sourced from the French Alps. Today, the site attracts visitors from all over the world for its picture-perfect fields of purple, paddock-to-plate dishes including lavender ice cream and beautiful manicured gardens – not to mention the heavenly scent dancing on the air.
Explore Cataract Gorge
Launceston is framed on all sides by breathtaking nature, but right on the fringe of the city itself is one of its most beautiful feats: Cataract Gorge. This dreamy spot can be reached via a 15-minute riverside walk from central Launceston. Here, dramatic valley walls covered in velvety greenery rise from the waters of the South Esk River, which can be crossed via the ornate 19th-century Kings Bridge. A café and swimming pool can be found on the southern side, while the northern side is home to a pretty Victorian Garden, brimming with leafy ferns and exotic plants.
Spot little penguins at Low Head
A 45-minute drive from the heart of Launceston is Low Head, where the River Tamar meets the Bass Strait. Here, every night at sunset, up to 200 little penguins emerge from the sea onto the shore to return to their burrows in a magical waddling promenade. Low Head Penguin Tours offers a penguin-watching experience that allows visitors to witness this spectacle while respecting the needs of these sensitive creatures.
Tee off at the top-rated golf courses of Barnbougle
For golf lovers, Launceston means one thing and one thing only: Barnbougle. One of the most sought-after golfing spots in the world, this site – an hour’s drive from the city – is home to not just one, but two top-rated courses: Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm. Set on the coast on an old potato farm, the 18 holes of The Dunes and 20 holes of Lost Farm are designed to blend seamlessly into the wild beauty of the landscape. The ultimate reward after several hours on the wind-kissed course? A sumptuous lunch at the Lost Farm Restaurant overlooking the coastline, where dishes of locally-sourced produce are served alongside fine Tasmanian and Australian wines.
Immerse yourself in craftsmanship at Design Tasmania
Design Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation shining a spotlight on the artisanal talent of Tasmania, from the fields of woodcraft, glassblowing, pottery, jewellery-making and more. The beating heart of the island’s craft community, the centre provides a platform for both established and emerging designers to showcase their work on an international stage. Interactive events can include weaving workshops and kids’ tours, while there’s a pop-up design store selling a curated selection of work from Tasmanian and Australian designers – the perfect place to source a souvenir that’s above-the-average.