When you talk to students that live in Launceston about why they enjoy being here so much they keep coming back to this one point - it is so close to everything. Whether you love shopping, eating, wandering the local produce markets, surfing, snowboading, mountain bike riding, sailing and dancing - we have it all and more. The best part is you will not have to travel far and a lot of it is for free. Apart from the shopping of course! Take a look at what our students tell us are their favourite things to do in Launceston.

  • Abseiling and Rockclimbing in the Cataract Gorge

    For the adventurous type the Cataract Gorge is a climbers paradise. There are over 800 climbs to suit a variety of skills levels and all within a short walk from the city centre.

  • Active Launceston

    Active Launceston

    Active Launceston is a community driven project aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Launceston through increased participation in physical activity. Many of the activities are free of charge and appeal to all ages.

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  • Amelia Espresso

    Amelia Espresso

    Amelia Espresso is all about happiness in a cup! Great coffee and sweet treats 7-5, Monday to Friday. Amelia Espresso maintains caffeination with Ritual Coffee, it's roasted RIGHT HERE, every week, especially for her, in sunny Launceston.Not a coffee head? Chamellia's tasty organic teas, organic chai, or real-deal hot chocolate may just float your boat! Enjoy a yummy pastrries, cupcakes and chocolates with your favourite cup including some gluten free treats. Amelia's is a place for great minds and discerning taste buds to come and meet up, sip, share and munch. It's also just a nice space to read a magazine and watch the world go by on George St. Everyone is welcome and they also have a BYO lunch policy.

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  • Aromas Cafe

    At the upper end of Charles St you will find Aromas Cafe. Well known for their great service, incredible cakes and yummy coffee it is a favourite of many.

    272 Charles St, Launceston

  • Bay of Fires

    Bay of Fires

    Just 2.5 hours from Launceston, Tasmania’s Bay of Fires was named the world’s “hottest” travel destination for 2009 by international guide book Lonely Planet.

  • Ben Lomond - Ski fields

    The magnificent mountain of Ben Lomond with its imposing and precipitous cliffs is visible over much of the northern midlands of Tasmania. The ski field on Ben Lomond is Tasmania's only downhill skiing area and is located 50km south-east of Launceston.

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  • Blue Café Bar and Restaurant

    Blue Café Bar and Restaurant

    This contemporary café and bar shares the grounds of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk and is a popular hang out for UTAS Academy of Arts and School of Architecture & Design students. Blue does fantastic breakfast and coffee, amongst other delicious things, and provides a perfect meeting point. An added bonus: all the art on display is for sale.

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  • Burger Got Soul

    Burger Got Soul

    If you’re asking around for a good place to eat well, be prepared to hear these three words …. a lot. This laid-back burger joint in Charles Street caters to all tastes, diets and demands. Eat in or order out. Either way you’re sure to jump on board the soul train.

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  • CentrStage

    For a taste of small-scale theatre of the highest quality, you can’t afford to miss any of the CentrStage productions. The company utilises the expertise of staff from the School of Visual & Performing Arts at UTAS, professional performers, graduates and invited members of the community.

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  • Cocobean


    If you’re struggling to acclimatise to the refreshing Tassie seasons, there’s no better place to warm up than here. This decadent chocolate shop on George Street offers a whole range of refined handmade treats and a delicious choice of hot drinks made with real melted chocolate.

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  • Cocoon


    Make your own corner of Launceston really special with a little something from Cocoon. Designer homewares, jewellery, furniture and books are all up for grabs in this incredibly stylish shop, get in quick. Another George Street gem.

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  • Design Centre Tasmania

    Design Centre Tasmania

    This craft and design gallery showcases the very best of Tasmanian works. Located in a shady corner of City Park, the gallery’s gift shop is a great place to see the best of Tasmania timbers using cutting edge design, from one-off furniture pieces to the smallest of hand crafted items. 

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