Northern Tasmania

Launceston & Northern Tasmania


A dazzling mosaic of beaches, historic hamlets and lush vineyards, North Tasmania provides the perfect holiday escape for all kinds of travellers. Trek through thick rainforest, visit one of Tamar Valley’s many wineries or revel in the laidback sophistication of Launceston. With Spirit of Tasmania arriving daily into Devonport from the mainland, this is often the first region of Tasmania visitors explore.

Northern Tasmania

While Launceston may well serve as the region’s commercial and cultural heart, there is plenty on offer for those willing to venture beyond its cityscape. Gorgeous country lanes lined with ancient poplar and elm trees lead to the rich farmland of the Tamar Valley where you can find lavender plantations, vineyards, strawberry farms and orchards.


North-East Tasmania

The north-east corner of Tasmania is a collage of colours, showing off Mother Nature at her best. There are lush green farms, regal red soils, sapphire blue seas, majestic grey mountains and deep forest greens. Nature buffs will love spending a day at Mount William National Park or hiking up Mount Victoria. While you are in this north-eastern region, make sure to spend some time exploring the many art galleries that dot the towns of Scottsdale and Branxholm. You can also hole up in one of the countless cosy bed & breakfasts throughout the region.

Heritage Highway

Across Northern Tassie you’ll find some of the best drives in all of Australia, most notably the Heritage Highway, which curls through some of the loveliest countryside imaginable. The Highway is lined with quaint villages, home to incredibly welcoming folk, as well as charming bed & breakfast accommodations. You’ll be able to enjoy a spot of fly fishing along the way, with numerous rivers and lakes heaving with mouth-watering brown trout.

Great Western Tiers

An area with deep connections to the local Aboriginal culture, the Great Western Tiers is almost overwhelming in its natural beauty. There are loads of rugged mountains that you can climb and hike. The region is also full of rolling plains that are a scintillating shade of green. The Mole Creek Karst National Park has many beautiful limestone caves waiting to be explored. Many farms in the area sell their delicious produce—so be sure to make regular pit stops.

Flinders Island

This is the largest island of the Furneaux Group, a collection of 52 islands that stretch from the northern coast of Tasmania to southern Australia. You can get to Flinders Island via airplane or ferry. The island is essentially an extension of Tasmania’s stunning natural beauty, comprised of—you guessed it—dreamy white beaches and crystal-clear water. What more could you want from an island getaway?

George Town

George Town is Australia's third-oldest settlement after Sydney and Hobart. Located on the banks of the Tamar River, George Town has extensive maritime and mining roots, and is now a modern administrative centre. A good place to start exploring is the Old Watch House Museum, originally a local lockup for male and female offenders which now functions as a craft shop and information centre. Be sure to pick up a copy of the George Town Heritage Trail so that you can set off on a self-guided walk around the town's historic sites. (Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Scott Sporleder)


This little beachside holiday destination has its share of coastal parks and bushland reserves, but is perhaps most famous for Barnbougle Dunes—one of the world’s premier public golf courses. Built on sand dunes and boasting wide fairways and lively greens, the course mirrors the wild links courses of Scotland. After a round, head to the water for some al fresco seafood dining—scallops, lobsters and rainbow trout are all sourced locally.

Ben Lomond National Park

Dominating the landscape as it towers over the northeastern part of the state, Tasmania's Mt Ben Lomond is at the heart of the magnificent wilderness area known as Ben Lomond National Park. A rugged tableland, Ben Lomond Natural Park is home to unforgettable views and a stunning array of native bird species, including the gorgeous Flame Robin. The Park also serves as Tasmania’s winter sports capital, offering plenty of skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing opportunities.

Kent Group National Park

Rising from the stormy waters of the Bass Strait, the magnificent Kent Group islands off the northeast coast of Tasmania have been entrancing visitors for centuries. Although the waters of the Kent Islands are home to many legendary shipwrecks, the main attractions are the gorgeous islands themselves. Unfortunately, due to the remote and isolated location of the islands, there are very few modern amenities available in the park. Currently, there are no walking or hiking trails for visitors to explore. Much preferred are tours of the island by sea kayak—though this is recommended only for highly skilled and experienced kayakers.

Need to know


Lodging options abound in Northern Tasmania—whether you’re after hotel, hostel or campground.

Getting there

Flinders Island requires a plane or ferry trip from the northern coastline of Tasmania. Note: You will need a car for inland Northern Tasmanian sightseeing.