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West Launceston: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Launceston's Gorge Scenic Chairlift

Launceston's Gorge Scenic Chairlift lets you view magnificent Cataract Gorge from above, located in Northern Tasmania.
Take in the spectacular features of Cataract Gorge from this single-span chairlift. View the South Esk River in a serene or turbulent mood after a flood as well as tree rhododendrons and fern glades.
It takes about eight minutes to take the ride across Cataract Gorge and First Basin. Top speed is a sedate one metre per second, but usually the chairlift runs slower than that to afford passengers a longer ride.
It is about 457 metres (1462 feet) from station to station, with a central span between two pylons of 308 metres (985 feet), believed to be the longest single span of any chairlift in the world. Since its opening in 1972, the chairlift has established a 100 percent safety record.
Be sure to also wander the grounds below the chairlift, where you can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, tea rooms and the delightful peacocks who inhabit the area.
Launceston's Gorge Scenic Chairlift is around a 15-minute walk from Launceston's central business district.

67 Basin Road
West Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 0.7K from West Launceston

Cataract Gorge Reserve

Cataract Gorge Reserve on the South Esk River is a unique natural formation just a two-minute drive or 15-minute walk from central Launceston.
At 'The Gorge' there are walking tacks, a swimming pool, the world's longest single span chairlift, a restaurant, a caf?, a suspension bridge, and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. Peacocks and native wildlife add to the experience.
On the southern side of the river is First Basin, featuring a swimming pool and an open area surrounded by bushland. This part of the Gorge is popular with locals for picnics and barbecues.
On the shady northern side, known as the Cliff Grounds, is a Victorian garden with ferns and exotic plants. Relax on the rolling lawns, take shade under the rotunda and enjoy lunch with a view from the restaurant.
There's also a kiosk and tea rooms where you can enjoy a cup of tea and scones.
Wander across the footbridge that links the two areas or take a chairlift ride across the expansive Gorge.
Further upstream is the historic Duck Reach Power Station, now an interpretation centre and well worth the short walk.

69 Basin Road
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 0.8K from West Launceston

Seagrass Design

Discover Seagrass Design on the corner of York St and Kingsway in the heart of Launceston CBD. Seagrass Design create an extensive range of unique handcrafted art, fashion and homewares products., including paintings and digital artwork, women's dresses, skirts, tops and jewellery, men's T'shirts, handmade pottery, Tasmanian timber cheese boards, scented candles, cushions + much more. Everything is designed/created locally by Seagrass Design artist Jamie McCabe and his amazing little team.

cnr York St & Kingsway, Launceston
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 1.5K from West Launceston

Quality Hotel Colonial - Attraction

Quality Hotel Colonial, offering accommodation, restaurants, and function rooms, Launceston's most intriguing heritage-listed building.
No building in Launceston has had more historic connections or vivid contrasts than The Colonial. The foundation stone was laid in 1847 with the building constructed to house the Launceston Church Grammar School, and in 1972 was carefully reconstructed as the tourism complex it is today.
Visitors are welcome to wander into the building where you will see the 'Old Boys' names carved into cedar doors and architraves in the main building which housed classrooms and the boarding house. Convict bricks can be found in the walls of the hotel's restaurant Three Steps on George which was the school's gymnasium.
The hotel and conference centre is open for viewing during the hours of 0700 and 2100 everyday and serves breakfast in the Old Grammar Chapel (now the QC Brasserie) and dinner in the Old Grammar Gymnasium (now Three Steps on George Restaurant).
Situated in Launceston CBD and close to all tourist attractions, sporting venues, shops, cafes and the City Park, The Colonial offers various styles of accommodation and is an ideal place to stay, dine in the restaurants, or be immersed in the history of Launceston.

31 Elizabeth Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 1.7K from West Launceston


Clockwise, located in the northern Tasmanian city of Launceston, specialises in antique and vintage clocks and watches.
Established in 1992, Clockwise specialises in buying, repairing, restoring and selling antique clocks, wrist, and pocket watches.
You can choose from a range of clocks, including English, European and American mantel and wall clocks; long case clocks and hand-built timepieces.
The store also repairs and restores antique clocks and watches, in addition to antique music boxes and metronomes.
Clockwise also offers a small selection of other antiques including Tasmanian pottery.
Tasmania's rich colonial and convict history draws antique hunters and collectors from across the world.
Many of the state's museums and galleries feature collections of fine antique china, art, glassware and furniture.
You can visit a number of fine antique shops in Launceston and Northern Tasmania to begin or expand your own collection.
Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city, and is just over a two-hour drive (199 km) from the state's capital, Hobart.

67 York Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 1.7K from West Launceston

West Launceston: Events

My Closet Market

My Closet Market is a Tasmania's biggest fashion market for men's and women's new and pre-loved clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories:
Next market is 12-3pm Saturday 27 August at St Ailbe's Hall, 46 Margaret Street, Launceston.
For more information or to book a stall please email myclosetmarket1@yahoo.com.au

Event Dates
      26th Nov
      11th Feb
      29th Apr
      24th Jun
      26th Aug

46 Margaret Street
Launceston City, TAS, 7250

Located 1.0K from West Launceston

Anzac Day Dawn Service - Launceston

A Dawn Service will be held at Launceston's Cenotaph at Royal Park.
Participate in this solemn ceremony of remembrance, gratitude and national pride for all our men and women who have fought and died in all wars.
ANZAC was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey early on the morning of 25 April 1915 during the First World War (1914-1918).
As a result, one day in the year has involved the whole of Australia in solemn ceremonies of remembrance, gratitude and national pride for all our men and women who have fought and died in all wars. That day is ANZAC Day - 25 April.
A Dawn Service will be held at the Launceston Cenotaph to remember the ANZACs and other War veterans who fought for Australia.

Event Dates
      25th Apr

Paterson Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 1.4K from West Launceston

Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City will be held on Friday 18th November in the Brisbane St Mall and Charles St from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Join us for the official Christmas tree lighting and Christmas Concert, with a variety of activities and entertainment for the whole family, food, late night shopping and much more!

Event Dates
      18th Nov

Brisbane Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 1.7K from West Launceston

Esk BeerFest

Enjoy one of Tasmania's largest Craft Beer and Cider Festivals with a massive range of craft beer and ciders on tap. Three stages packed with live music, comedy, masterclasses, family entertainment and more.
The Esk BeerFest hosts a massive range of local Tasmanian, Australian and International Craft Brewers and Cider-makers with over 200 craft beers, ciders and locally distilled alcohol. Tasting portions and full pours available.
There will be live music, comedy, beer-matching, brewer forums and other forms of entertainment including a kids zone throughout the weekend.
There will be a variety of premium food, water, juices and soft drinks available for purchase onsite. Complimentary water stations are also provided.

Event Dates
      13th Jan
      14th Jan

William Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250

Located 1.8K from West Launceston

Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic

The Stan Siejka cycling classic bike race is Tasmania's best showcase cycling event and one of the best street criterium races in Australia.
Having thousands of spectators and being run for over seven years by a local committee of dedicated enthusiasts, makes this a locally supported and developed event not to miss.
The city streets are closed so spectators can view these events from behind the barriers and along the streets of Launceston. The course circumnavigates City Park.
Turn up and watch some of Australia's best cyclists in action chasing the big prize. Most hotels and restaurants on the circuit are open, so you can sit back and enjoy a drink or a meal.
Juniors from 12.30pm, Masters from 2.05pm, Elite Women from 3.25pm and Elite Men from 4.45pm.

Event Dates
      26th Nov
      27th Nov

Launceston City
Launceston City, TAS, 7250

Located 1.8K from West Launceston

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