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.

  • East Coast

    East Coast

    Tasmania’s “suncoast” is only a two and a half hour drive from Launceston. See some of the best beaches in the world.

  • Esk Market

    Based at the Launceston Showgrounds at Invermay, this local market known for its great antiques, arts and crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, books and videos, clothing, pre-loved goods, jewellery, furniture, and much more.

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  • Evandale Market

    The mother of all markets. Only 20 minutes from the city, you can find a massive range of wares from quality Tassie crafts to bric-a-brac for every budget. The yummy foods stalls will keep you well nourished while you browse away your Sunday.

  • Football at Aurora Stadium

    Football at Aurora Stadium

    Sports fans pay attention. If you want to get into the thick of the AFL action there’s no better place than Launceston’s own Aurora Stadium – the Tassie home of the Hawks. The team play four games each season in Launceston, and one-eyed Hawthorn supporters come from far and wide to cheer on their heroes. Footy fan or not, soak up the atmosphere and get excited.

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  • Gorge


    A natural formation only 15 minutes’ walk from the CBD. Spectacular views are complemented by walking and hiking trails, the world's longest single span chairlift, peacocks and wildlife, gardens, and an amazing suspension bridge.  A unique wilderness treasure so close to the city.

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  • Harvest Launceston

    Harvest Launceston, Tasmania's Community Farmers' Market

    Celebrating food and wine in Tasmania

    Come along and experience the vibrant, exciting atmosphere and a wonderful array of produce from Tasmanian farmers, producers and providores.

     The market sells only food and beverages produced in Tasmania and is run within Australin Farmers' Market Association (AFMA) guidelines.

    Where: Cimitiere St car park in Launceston (opposite the Grand Chancellor hotel between Cameron and Cimitiere streets)

    When: 9am to 1pm every Saturday of the year

    Love food. Love Tasmania

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  • Heritage Forest

    Heritage Forest represents a remarkable transformation. The Mowbray Swamp was once used as a tip site and is now a recreation and living environment close to the city centre. Its features include multi-use trails, picnic area, barbeque area, playground and an off-leash dog exercise area. 

  • Hollybank


    Visitors glide across the treetops in this award winning and unique forest canopy tour, gaining a bird’s-eye view of Tasmania’s beautiful forests. Watch out for special offers or try a night tour for something different.

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  • Junction Arts Festival

    Junction Arts Festival

    The only event of it's kind in Northern Tasmania, Junction Arts Festival takes over Launceston's CBD and warms up the cool Tasmanian winter with playful, interactive and ambitious contemporary art, music and performance by leading local, national and international artists for five days and nights every August.

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  • Launceston Aquatic

    Launceston Aquatic

    Perched on Windmill Hill, this is one of the newest and most impressive additions to our city. A great place for a swim and a coffee. Try water basketball or underwater hockey, or just check out the view from the spa.

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  • Launceston City Ghost Tours

    Launceston City Ghost Tours

    Why not find out why Launceston City Ghost Tours is one the most thrilling ways to discover Australia's third oldest city - a city with plenty of stories and secrets; many of which can only be encountered after dark.

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  • Launceston Night Life - for the over 18s

    Launceston Night Life - for the over 18s

    Launceston has an active and vibrant night life for the over 18s, without the overcrowding and aggro you get at mainland venues.

    Launceston’s music scene is so big and diverse that there is a long list of entertainers just waiting for the chance, and a venue, to rock your world. Everything from blues, cool covers and acoustic, to wicked DJs get a gig. And, if you have a hankering for big-ticket band, don’t worry. Launceston is firmly placed on the touring circuit.

    Everyone loves a student, over 18 of course, and Uni Night at the Launceston Saloon is legendary. It’s cheap, with your choice of a live band, DJ, or karaoke for a laugh. Irish Murphys and Lloyds are great on atmosphere, with local bands, and both have great beer gardens for day-after recovery. The Royal Oak is cool for that ‘real pub’ vibe. For something a bit different you can get your fill of grassroots electronic music at the new bar at Fresh. Boutique beers and cool art set the scene for dubstep parties and masters of mash-ups. Everyone ends up at Lonnies Nightclub eventually. Its two ‘chillout’ spaces and 3am close make it a great way to wind up a night.