48 hours in Launceston
Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city, located only two and a half hours from Hobart and a one hour drive from Devonport (which is where you get in if you choose to catch the boat from the mainland). Being one of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston is known for its gorgeous Georgian era buildings as well as world-class wine, fresh produce and beautiful scenery. Making it a fantastic destination for a weekend getaway.
Table of Contents
- Getting around
- Where to stay
- 48 hours in Launceston: Friday
- 48 hours in Launceston: Saturday
- 48 hours in Launceston: Sunday
Uber hasn’t hit Launceston the same way it has on the “mainland”. There are a couple every now and then but don’t fully rely on Uber. The “city” is fairly small and easily walkable so we would suggest just walking everywhere and huffing in some of the purest oxygen on earth. If you end up getting too tanked to walk home than a taxi is the next best thing.
Where to stay
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48 hours in Launceston: Friday
Before doing anything else check into your hotel. Depending on how you got to Launceston, whether that be by plane or boat chances are you will want to relax a bit, maybe a few drinks and dinner but not much more. If you are down for more, than go you! You have way more energy than us!
Dinner at Jailhouse Grill
After you’ve unpacked and unwound, head to Jailhouse Grill for dinner and a slice of history. The building was built in the mid-1800s and is what a typical Victorian Georgian Inn was like back then. They only use 100% grass feed yearling beef and cook over charcoal fire grills. Using this technique seals the steak quickly to lock in all the flavours and juices whilst adding a smoky caramelised flavour. And there’s an all you can eat salad bar!!
Address: 32 Wellington St, Launceston TAS 7250
Drinks at Tandy’s Alehouse
After dinner, take the whole 3-minute walk to Tandy’s Alehouse. Here you can go on a beer tour of Tasmania’s craft beer scene without having to leave your seat. They also only sell Tasmanian beers and wines.
Happy hour is Friday between 5-7 PM.
Address: 100 Elizabeth St, Launceston TAS 7250
48 hours in Launceston: Saturday
Breakfast at Bryher
Everybody knows the day can’t start without coffee and breakfast but mostly coffee. Head straight to Bryher in the city centre to fuel up! Their menu changes seasonally and with the availability of produce so you can be guaranteed your eating only the best and freshest produce Tassie has to offer.
Address: 91 George St, Launceston TAS 7250
Explore the Launceston Farmers’ Market
After breakfast, begin the short stroll through town to 71 Cimitiere street where you’ll find Launceston Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday, the local community gather here to buy fresh Tassie produce. Stroll through the market, meeting the farmers and locals whilst sipping on some locally roasted coffee before buying a bunch of fresh produce for a picnic.
Head across the street to City Park, a gorgeous park built in the 1820s by the Launceston Horticultural Society. Spend the afternoon relaxing, eating and looking at the Japanese Macaque Monkeys. They’re adorable and only sometimes jacking off.
Coffee at Sweetbrew
Stop by Sweetbrew for a quick afternoon pick me up, because we all know we need it. Before heading back to your hotel and getting ready for dinner.
Address: 93 George St, Launceston TAS 7250
Dinner at Hallams
Tassie is known for its fresh seafood especially salmon and scallops. Hallams serves up only the freshest and innovative seafood dishes along the waterfront in a beach style setting.
Address: 13 Park St, Launceston TAS 7250
Drinks at Red Brick Road Cider House
After dinner go and sample proper fresh made cider and play some board games at Red Brick Road Cider House. Here they use real fruit and all their ciders are sugar-free, unpasteurised, unfiltered and made only from natural fermentation processes.
Address: 63a Brisbane Street, Launceston Tasmania 7250
48 hours in Launceston: Sunday
Breakfast at Stillwater
Hope you’ve slept well because today is a big day! First stop is at Stillwater to fuel up. Stillwater is located in a renovated 1830s flour mill overlooking the river and focuses on fresh Tasmanian produce.
Address: 2 Bridge Rd, Launceston TAS 7250
After breakfast and a few coffees, start the walk to the Cataract Gorge – Launceston’s natural wonder in the heart of the city. The First Basin has a cafe, swimming pool and the world’s longest single span chairlift. Take a walk along the trail to the northern side also known as Cliff Grounds where you will find a Victorian garden filled with exotic plants. Enjoy a coffee and cake at the kiosk.
Address: 74-90 Basin Rd, West Launceston TAS 7250
Go home, get washed and ready for dinner!
Saint John’s Craft Beer Bar
Start the evening at Saint John’s Craft Beer Bar where there are 14 taps of only the best craft beer and over 170 bottled beers, ciders and spirits. If you’re lucky enough there should be live music playing.
Address: 133 St John St, Launceston TAS 7250
Dinner at Smokey Joe’s Creole Cafe
For dinner head to Smokey Joe’s Creole Cafe for some authentic southern food cooked by a real American. You have to order the beignets with a coffee (that has real imported chicory) at the end of the meal for a true Smokey Joe’s experience.
Address: 20 Lawrence St, Launceston TAS 7250
Anything on this list you can’t wait to try? Let us know in the comments below :)!
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