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What is the best way to get around Launceston?
Launceston is an easy city to explore with a bicycle. You can hire one out for the day and explore the paths crisscrossing around the city. Budget about $25 NZD per day for bike hire if you’re wanting to cycle between the sights while holidaying on your return flights to Launceston.
Public transportation in Launceston
The best way to explore Launceston as a tourist is to use the city's free bus. The Tiger bus stops at some of the top attractions, such as the City Park and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. There are also paid public buses that you can use to get to other parts of the city and destinations like Hobart or Burnie. Prices start at $3.50 AUD ($3.61 NZD), and travellers with tickets to Launceston can also purchase a GreenCard for discounted fares.
Walking is a wonderful way to get your bearings and save money on transportation costs. Pack a comfortable pair of shoes and plan a self-guided walking tour past the city’s attractions, cafes and delicious eateries.
Transport from Launceston Airport (LST)
Once your flights to Launceston arrive at Launceston Airport (LST), there are numerous ways to get to your hotel. Travellers on a budget can hop on-board the Launceston Shuttle Bus service. It usually costs $14 AUD ($14.46 NZD) and it has a journey time of about 60 minutes. Another affordable option for travellers with an airfare to Launceston is Tassielink. Tickets cost around $6 AUD ($6.20 NZD) and operate Monday to Saturday. Metered taxis and Uber are also available at Launceston Airport (LST). Fares cost between $30-35 AUD ($30.98 - 36.14 NZD), and the journey is about 15-20 minutes.
What are the top things to do for travelling with children to Launceston?
City Park is one of the best things for families to do in Launceston. No matter when you've booked your return flights to Launceston for, there's always something to see. Wander around the beautiful gardens, have a picnic or visit some of the park's top attractions. There is a free enclosure, home to Japanese Macaques, and it's designed to reflect their natural habitat in Japan. Another favourite thing for families to do is Lonnie the Loco Train. Hop on-board with little ones and go for a mini tour of the park. There’s also a great playground for kids to burn off steam and stretch their legs.
The best way to explore Beauty Point upon arriving on flights to Launceston is with a car. It's a 45-minute drive from the city, and it's one of Tasmania's most beautiful attractions. On your way to the point, keep an eye out for the scenic Tamar wetlands. There is a Tamar Island Boardwalk which meanders through the wetlands to a lookout a point. It’s an easy walk for kids of all ages and there’s plenty of insects, fish, birds and mammals to spot along the way.
Families with tickets to Launceston should visit the Platypus House in Beauty Point to learn about one of Tasmania’s unique creatures. Your tickets will give you access to a 15-minute informational video and afterwards you'll get to watch the platypuses in their enclosures while your guide shares interesting facts about the animals. Echidnas are also residents here.
What are the best restaurants and cafes in Launceston?
Stillwater is one of the most renowned restaurants in Launceston. Open all day, from breakfast to dinner, it is a go-to for travellers heading to Tasmania on flights to Launceston and who are wanting to uncover the best tastes of the city’s culinary scene. Stillwater is located along the banks of the Tamar River, serving up great water views alongside the likes of miso-glazed pumpkin with wild rice, whipped cod roe with rye lavosh, Tasmanian wallaby topside, black-lipped abalone, and whole-baked snapper.
Earthy Eats is located in the Launceston CBD and serves up delicious breakfast options, all with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. Think omelettes with garlic mushrooms and greens; a rainbow bowl with hot-smoked salmon, beetroot and edamame; turmeric-spiced scrambled eggs with kasundi and spinach; and a smoothie bowl topped with fresh banana and toasted coconut. Parents searching for family-friendly places to eat while holidaying on flights to Launceston will love knowing that Earthy Eats has a dedicated kids’ menu, as well as high chairs and changing tables.
Mudbar serves up some of the best views in Launceston. After you’ve arrived from your flights to Launceston come here for dinner and an introduction to the city’s phenomenal sunsets. Watch the day come to an end while dining on a fusion of Asian and Tasmanian dishes, such as soy-roasted lamb loin, seared scallops with yuzu custard, Korean barbecue duck, and ginger-buttered pork.