Launceston, Tasmania © Tourism Tasmania
Guide to Launceston and surrounds
- Getting to Launceston
- When to visit
Discover epic nature, intriguing history and beautiful regional dining as you travel through Tasmania's north.
Northern Tasmania is a feast for the senses. Step off the beaten track to discover secluded beaches, historic heritage estates and forests teeming with wildlife. The towns are just as spectacular; rich in history and enveloped by world-class wineries and meandering waterways – it’s a beautiful blend of nature, culture, history and cuisine.
Launceston Airport is only accessible on a domestic flights. So if you are visiting from overseas, you'll need to transfer through another Australian city or drive north from Hobart Airport.
- Launceston Airport (LST) is 14km (9mi) from Launceston city
- Hobart Airport (HBA) is 190km (118mi) from Launceston city
- Car hire and taxi services are available from both airports
Once you reach Launceston, your best option for exploring Tasmania's northern region is by hiring a car.
Staying true to the famous Tasmanian climate, Launceston is cooler than other Australian destinations all year round. Summer is a great time to visit, when the sky is clear, the weather is warm and the festivals and events are in abundance.
- High season: Summer (December to February)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don't miss: Mona Foma festival of art and music (usually held in summer)