Launceston is a small city in the middle of northern Tasmania. In case you didn’t know it’s a rather delightful place, that many people generally bypass on their way to somewhere far more interesting. And yes I do admit that on several occasions I too have been that person. Up until recently the most time I had spend in Launceston was a leisurely exploration of the airport.

As I was planning this latest Tasmania trip the one thing that kept on coming up time and time again was how delicious and luxurious Launceston was. That I would be a fool not to stop be and sample the local delicacies.So I have partnered with Expedia.com.au to show you how to have the best 24 hours of deliciousness in Launceston.

The following assumes that you are already in or on your way to Launceston. Launceston really isn’t a big city. If are you coming from the airport it’s really easy to find your way to town. The airport is approx. 20mins from the city and many of the fantastic destinations are only an hour or two away at most. There are plenty of places to hire a car from at the airport.

Breakfast of champions

Sweet Brew
93 George St, Launceston Tasmania.

The first stop on the tour is Sweet Brew. It’s a small café that has hidden rooms and is currently sporting some of the most marvelous artwork. You need to get here early in the morning for the donuts or cronuts. These are famous across the city and sell out faster than you’d expect. If you don’t have a sweet tooth don’t worry they do have a menu full of the regular brunch options.

After filling up on the goodness of coffee and cronuts it’s time to stretch your legs and explore Cataract Gorge. There are a few options of walks around here. You can easily walk from Launceston to the Gorge if the weather is playing nice. Just a word of warning that Tasmania does have a reputation for being fickle with the weather.

Lunch time
Bryher
91 George St, Launceston Tasmania.

Bryher has a delightful old school charm about it. Incorporating local produce and a love of botanicals. The walls are covered with paintings of floral things. The menu is exceptionally seasonal. There’s no way of knowing what’s going to be served until you walk in the door. The staff here aren’t exactly the friendliest but you’re not here for their charm. It’s the wonderful food and really the cake is what you want.

A Sweet Treat at Charlie’s Dessert House

Charlie’s is every little baker’s dream. A place to create beautiful baked goods, surrounded by some seriously stunning interior design. This place isn’t for the faint-hearted though. It’s sugar ahoy! In saying that there are quite a few sugar-free and vegan options. Can you resist a piece of cheezecake?

Tea time at Charlies Dessert House
Sweet treats at Cataract Gorge

Cocktails and Dinner

Geronimo
186 Charles St, Launceston

I’m not quite sure how much more marvelous this place could be. The staff are the ultimate in professionalism and entertainment. There’s a magnificent bar to sit by and enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif. The menu here has been designed by the owner, Jeremy. With most of the dishes meant to be shared. It’s like Tasmania has taken her own on creating a tapas bar without actually inviting the Spanish in.
Though in my experience the best way to experience Geronimo is to sit at the bar, enjoy a cocktail, popcorn and order a perfect pizza. Just ask for the Queen Lizzie and enjoy.

Cocktails in Launceston
Popcorn delight at Geronimo

Eating your way around the outskirts of town.

As previously mentioned Launceston isn’t a big town. You can easily walk around to the above places and have a most delightful time. If you’re feeling a bit more adventuresome and want to try some new areas here’s a few suggestions.

Josef Cromy Winery
370 Relbia Rd, Relbia

Is about 15minutes outside of Launceston, towards the airport. You’ll find yourself driving through the hills and far away. Though not really that far away. Just to a place where the wine is divine. On arrival, you’ll think I’m a fool as you walk into the tiny house that is the cellar door. Trust me, keep walking and you’ll find the door to wine Narnia.

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm
9 Christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town

On the opposite side of Launceston is Elizabeth Town. If you’re driving to Cradle Mountain then you’ll be on the road to Elizabeth Town. It’s a 5min or so detour off the main highway and well worth the stop. In the fridge you’ll find the choc-covered raspberry delights. Grab the bigger container. You can thank me latter.

Where to stay?

Launceston has a lot of accommodation on offer. We had one of the best hotel stays at The Charles. The staff were lovely, the rooms spacious and the cheese platter – too gouda for words. In all honesty, we do want to stay at the new Silo Hotel on our next adventure. Because without a doubt there will be another trip to Tasmania.

What else is there to do in Launceston?

Walk, walk, walk. The city is a historical delight and rather easy to walk around. By wondering the streets you’ll easily see why Launceston is constantly referred to as a vibrant and cosmopolitan tiny city. If walking isn’t your thing then drop by Design Tasmania ( Brisbane St & Tamar Street, Launceston) grab yourself an Art Bike and pedal around town. Just a note there’s a no booking policy, first in, first served, and you can hire a bike for the day, overnight or weekend. Don’t forget to stop by the Tamar river and check out the new Silo Hotel.

Launceston town
New Silo Hotel Launceston
Parklands in Launceston

Will you be heading to Launceston anytime soon?

Let us know if we can answer any of your Tasmanian questions. We’ll do our best to help you out.

Jeanette

Jeanette

Founder, Principal Blogger & Coffee Drinker

Coffee Lover | Travel Blogger | Horse Rider | Adventure Racer | Donut Dame. Generally nice lady-enjoys wine, indie movies & random dance parties in my tent.

18 Comments

  1. I have never heard of this place. Love the small town vibes. Grab a bike is indeed what I would want to do to explore this place. Or maybe, just walk around. It seems so peaceful

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  2. Sugar-free and vegan baked items at Charlie’s Dessert House – I’m sold. Would love to visit Launceston.

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  3. I know Tasmania but had never heard of Launceston. It seems too well maintained and well equipped for an unknown town! I would love to live in a place like this.

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  4. Love it when you stumble onto dynamic and charming cities that are often overlooked. Tasmania has been on my radar for a while now and it’s good to discover Lanceston too. Great article and hope to visit soon.

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  5. I always like to know about the best places to eat and what to try when I visit a new place. I don’t know if I’ll ever find myself in Tasmania, but I always hear good things about the food and wine there.

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  6. Launceston is a new place for me and loved reading your post. Such small places are actually these days grabbing more eye balls mostly through their food scene. Charlie’s looks awesome for desserts I am sure walking is the best way to explore the city and meet people.

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  7. Mmmm! The cocktails look delicious. And the cronut looks like a dream. And I want to feast on the Queen Lizzie! I’ve always wondered about Tasmania. Launceston sure looks like an incredible foodie adventure!

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  8. I think Launceston is perfect place for the type of travel we do. 🙂 🙂 We like to walk and we love good food. Last time we could not make it to Tasmania . I am sure I am going to try this year.

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  9. How do you find the coffee in Tasmania? Is it better than Europe?! I have heard amazing things! That pastry is what heavenly dreams are made of FYI!

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  10. It seems there is fine produce and delicious food to be had even in small towns of Australia, not just Sydney and Melbourne.

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  11. You had me hooked at Sweet Brew! I have such a sweet tooth, so would go here first. I’ve never heard of Launceston before, looks lovely.

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  12. Oh, the whole post looks delicious! I should know better than to read a food post on an empty stomach — would you send that cronut on over now?! Both Sweet Brew and Geronimo sound wonderful.

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  13. Is cheezecake vegan? I’m vegan, vegan cheese cake would be so amazing for me!

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    • It ceretainly is vegan!

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  14. Mmmmm that cronut looks delicious and I wouldn’t say no to one of those cocktails either 😉 I have visited Launceston but only once… I think I need to go back now!

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  15. Yummy post. Like you said, not maybe a place I would think of visiting when in Tasmania. Looks also different from what I would picture. I guess I need to go see it out myself once.

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  16. LOL there’s another Launceston in Cornwall, UK and I was convinced it was the only one. Its Tasmanian cousin does look to have a phenomenal food offering…I’d love to visit. I will eventually make it over to Aus – and then to other parts of the Southern Hemisphere so thanks for putting Launceston on my radar!

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  17. Excellent info. We are planning to be in Tasmania next year!

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