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.
PCYC’s Youth Theatre program allows students aged between 5 and 16 the chance to learn valuable theatre skills in a fun and confidence-building environment. The annual major musical is complemented by additional performance opportunities throughout the year. Classes cover all areas of spoken skill development and performance work. Students are also involved in a variety of practical tasks, including language, improvisation and scripted drama.
Launceston Sport and Surf is one of Australia’s largest independent surf stores. It offers Launceston one of the largest ranges of surf clothing in a single location in regional Australia. When the summer months arrive and it is time to hit the beach LSS can cater for all your surfing needs. As soon as winter hits it is the place to go for all your skiing needs - including that all important ski report.
Le Cafe is the place to stop for fast coffee and great service. Parking directly outside, phone ahead if you are in a hurry, cup holders supplied, grab your loyalty card and every 6th coffee is a free one. If you are after a fresh raspberry muffins, toasted sandwiches, egg and bacon roll or a sweet treat we have it. Breakfast is a speciality and served all day. Gluten free and vegetarian options available.
Launceston’s rugged bushland is fast becoming a mountain biking mecca. If you want to take your bike off the beaten track, a number of Forest Reserves offer rugged and challenging trails. In and around Launceston, mountain bike facilities are located at Heritage Forest, Torrens St People’s Park and the Lilydale Recreation Ground, and cross country and single-track riding may be enjoyed at Hollybank Forest, Trevallyn Reserve, Youngtown Regional Park, and at the Kate Reed Reserve. The Launceston Mountain Bike Club (LMBC) holds regular DH, XC and Enduro events, along with social rides, fun events, skills days and trail building days.
Launceston has its fair shaire of second hand stores. If you love vintage or just love a bargain you will not be dissapointed. What makes it even sweeter is that the money you spend goes to someone in need.
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is the largest museum and art gallery in Australia located outside a capital city. This unique facility features some great insights into Tasmania’s history and character. A must-see.
Red Herring Surf is a Tasmanian owned and operated surf retail chain. Not only do they stock a great range of clothing gear, they can also take care of all your surfing and skating needs. While you are there check out the kombi on the roof. It has become part of the streetscape of Charles st now.
Both Grammar and Scotch offer opportunities to play a variety of winter and summer sport, including athletics. All students are encouraged to participate in a sport that allows them to develop new skills and work in teams. Scotch and Grammar compete with schools with in the area with a great deal of success.
Launceston Seaport is located 500m from the CBD. Enjoy coffee, fish and chips or a drink after the footy. The boardwalk also connects Seaport with Royal Park and the Gorge precinct.
If you like to shop you will find the best of everything in the city centre. The Brisbane Street Mall is the oldest shopping mall in Australia and it's magnigficent open spaces house major national retail chains and department stores, plus unique local shops. The variety is incredible and you will always find something to suit any budget. Popular retail shops include Sportsgirl, Myer, Cotton-on, Target, Factorie and Jay Jays.