It may be locked in a battle with Hobart that’s even more intense than the Carlton-Collingwood rivalry, but Launceston can hold its own in this match. Whether you book a cheap Launceston holiday or a luxurious retreat, Tasmania’s second-largest city certainly doesn’t play second fiddle when it comes to wining, dining and dancing. Oh, and don’t forget about those cute little Tasmanian devils.
First things first: Tasmanian devils. The Tasmania Zoo has plenty in their “Devil’s Heaven”, plus wombats, koalas and other cuddly marsupials. Don’t know what a pademelon is? Trust us, you need one in your life. When you’re done taking selfies with pademelons, learn some more new words at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. It’s got some of Australia’s best scrimshaw, a huge macrophyte collection and tons of schist (no, it’s not what you’re thinking). You’ll just have to book Launceston holiday packages to learn what all those words mean.
Travellers who have ever described a wine as “ambrosial” and own more than one type of stemware will want to hop in one of lastminute.com.au’s Launceston car hire deals and follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route. No deso? There are plenty of tours that will give you a lift. Sip cool-climate wines like chardonnay and pinot noir (or seek out the rare Gewurztraminer—if you can pronounce it), take a snap of the Batman Bridge (yes, that’s really its name!) and end with a cheese plate overlooking the Bass Strait. Now that’s what we call a day!
What’s better than souvenirs you can eat? Not much, so make sure you spend some time at the Harvest Farmers Market. Check out Launceston packages near City Park and you won’t have to go far to graze your way through honey, pepperberry jam and locally grown hazelnuts and olives—or take some home for your co-workers, if you’re feeling nice.
Hope you bought yourself something snazzy, because your next stop is fine dining! (Don’t worry, our cheap package deals to Launceston will save you plenty of cash.) Near Yorktown Square, take your pick from fancy steakhouses and five-star Italian restaurants. For a more casual affair, pay a visit to Seaport Boulevard. Wherever you dine, expect a farm-to-fork menu with ingredients like red duck, grass-fed Wagyu beef and goat cheese with fresh bread.
From big-ticket bands to jazz in a cosy basement, nightlife in Launceston is all about the live music. Head back down to Brisbane Street and see what catches your ear. More up for having a laugh? The Princess Theatre hosts comedy, music and plays in its historic building. And if you really just need to sit in the dark with a pint and recover from last night, that’s fine too. The city centre is filled with classic pubs.
You won’t need beer goggles to see the beauty of the Launceston package deals on lastminute.com.au. The savings you’ll get when you bundle your airfares and accommodation are no illusion. We’re here to make your Tasmanian getaway good to the last drop.
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