The fresh Tasmanian air drifts across the water, rising towards the far-off mountain tops. A deep breath leaves you feeling cleansed and rejuvenated; welcome to Launceston.
A city of rich cultural heritage, Launceston is situated where the North Esk and South Esk rivers meet to form the Tamar River. The second largest city in the state, it boasts magnificent natural attractions, stunning architecture and a deep-seated passion for fine food and wine.
When it comes to choosing accommodation in Launceston, Peppers Seaport Hotel is your ideal choice. It’s perfectly situated only a couple of minutes’ walk to town, and just a fifteen minute drive from the airport. With stunning waterfront views and a distinct nautical feel throughout, it truly is a unique Launceston accommodation option.
Activities & Attractions
First and foremost, Launceston is known for its fine wine and fresh produce.
The nearby Tamar Valley is a renowned cool-climate wine growing area, and there are many tours available to those who appreciate a fine drop. A wine lover’s delight, the Tamar Valley Wine Route is incredibly popular and offers twenty cellar door visits for tastings – not to be missed during your visit to Launceston. And if you prefer hops to grapes? James Boag’s Brewery is only a short drive away.
When it comes to food, the city serves up a truly mouth-watering experience. Set against the backdrop of a vibrant Georgian streetscape, Launceston’s many restaurants and bars are the perfect place to be – especially when the weather is cooler.
Combine fine dining with marina views at Peppers’ very own dining establishment, Mudbar & Restaurant. Featuring an exciting mix of cuisines from around the world, guests can choose between indoor and outdoor dining – available all year round. One of the best-known restaurants away from the resort, Stillwater serves up modern Australian cuisine and offers a true fine dining experience – bookings are recommended. If you’d prefer a light, fresh dining option that’s easy on the hip pocket, Fresh on Charles is a vegetarian/vegan cafe that will leave you wondering if you’ll ever really need a steak again.
For those wanting to acquire fresh produce themselves, the region also plays host to a number of popular farmers’ markets. From Launceston Esk Market (every Sunday), through to the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market (every Saturday), it’s easy to find fresh, locally grown produce.
For those with a passion for history and architecture, the city itself is sure to delight. There are many historical buildings, museums and galleries to explore, including the Launceston Tramway Museum and the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery – which opened in 1891.
Launceston’s colonial heritage dates back more than 200 years, and there are many beautiful old homesteads spread across the area that provide visitors with an interesting insight into colonial life. Take a drive out to Woolmers Estate for a homestead tour, have a picnic on the lawns at Entally House, or take a step back in time at the World Heritage Listed colonial farm village of Brickendon.
Of course, Launceston is not the only town in the area with a strong cultural heritage. George Town, York Town and Beaconsfield – all around 30 minutes from Launceston – are also home to interesting historical sites. Take a self-guided tour of the Heritage Trail in George Town, wander through the York Town Historic Site, or enjoy the many exhibitions on offer at the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.
Of course, one doesn’t visit Tasmania without experiencing the state’s natural beauty; Launceston is no exception. The wilderness areas surrounding Launceston offer adventure seekers a wide array of options, from mountain biking to horse riding and everything in between.
Situated within close proximity to the city centre, the ever-popular Cataract Gorge is home to the longest single-span chairlift in the world, which extends 308 metres across the gorge. Nature lovers can also feed their passion by observing the abundant wildlife at the Tamar Island Wetlands, taking in the views atop Brady's Lookout, or experiencing the untouched beauty of Lilydale Falls. In addition, animal lovers can learn about wildlife conservation via the Tasmanian Devils breeding program at Tasmania Zoo, located near the city.
It’s no secret that Launceston gets a little chilly come winter – but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great time to visit.
For those who love to ski or snowboard, the powdered slopes of Legges Tor in Ben Lomond National Park are ideal; these regal, rocky peaks are only an hour’s drive from the city. Bushwalking through some of the wilderness areas is still an option as well, depending on the conditions – just be sure to pack a warm jacket!
During winter, the city itself is a great place to be. The warm, inviting restaurants and bars are the perfect place to settle in for the night – there’s nothing quite like a fine glass of wine by the fire!
Accommodation in Launceston
Whether you choose to visit in winter or summer, Peppers Seaport Hotel is the perfect Launceston accommodation option.
Built on the site of a dry dock, the hotel architecture evokes the shape of a ship; stylish and contemporary, it features a distinct nautical feel throughout. There are a range of one and two bedroom studios and suites on offer, each with either city of river views. For guests in search of something a little more indulgent, the impressive Marina View Suites are the perfect option.
If you’re looking for accommodation that offers the very best in style, comfort and location, choose Peppers Seaport Hotel.