Tasmania Blog【Part 1】How We Spent 3 Days in Launceston, Tasmania

3 days itinerary at northern tasmania launceston

Quick Facts of Launceston

  • A city in north of Tasmania
  • 2nd largest city in Tasmania after Hobart
  •  1st Australian city to be lit by hydroelectricity

Day 1 –  Arriving in Launceston

1. Flying in 

Jetstar Business Class Review SIN-MEL

We flew from Singapore to Melbourne via Jetstar Business Class (7 hr 20 min) SGD$1,408.66 both ways per person.  You can read my Jetstar Business Class blog post, here.

Then, another Jetstar domestic flight from Melbourne to Launceston (1 hr 10 min) SGD209.15 both ways per person.

Total round trip flight ticket per person: SGD$1,617.81

2. Renting a car

We rented a basic car from Launceston airport for our 10 days driving trip in Tasmania.

Total car rental for 10 days: SGD$493 (SGD$49.3 per day)

3. Local Prepaid Sim Card 

The easiest way to roam is to buy a local prepaid sim card at the airport. We bought from Optus, 12GB data that can be used for 28 days. AUD $20.

12 GB was more than enough to use our phone GPS, WhatsApp and a little bit of FB-ing along the 10 days trip. (Of course, we also try to use wireless network whenever it was available).

4. Accommodation – Airbnb with a view

We always love Airbnb, not only it’s cheaper than a local hotel, it also gives us a chance to interact with the locals. And if you’re lucky, you’ll find some amazing property that’s beautiful with a great view that most hotel will charge you a bomb for it.

We stayed for 3 nights in Launceston in this beautiful house at Grindelwald (just 15 minutes drive north of Launceston), with the amazing view of Tamar River and 2 lovely  dogs to play with, $172 AU/ night. 

Australia Tasmania Grindelwald AirBnb with a view
Owner’s dogs playing in our Airbnb backyard overlooking Tamar River, what a life!

This is just one of the many beautiful Airbnb around Launceston. You can book yours through Airbnb. We would recommend staying at Grindelwald (Tasmania) while you are staying at Launceston! You’ll love it! Use my link here and you will get 45 SGD free travel credit if you are first time user at Airbnb.Airbnb at Grindelwald, Launceston

5. Dinner at Launceston seaport

We just wanted to take it easy on the day 1 in Tasmania after the long flight.  We checked in to our lovely Airbnb in the afternoon, then went to Launceston seaport for sunset and a fish and chips meals.

Launceston is not a big town. We came back 2 nights at the seaport to try different restaurants. There are a few nice restaurants overlooking the marina such as Mud Bar & Restaurant (modern Australian), Fish N Chips, Levee Food Co

launceston seaport
Beautiful sunset at Launceston seaport
launceston seaport seagull
Seagulls at the port

Day 2 – Lavender Estate, Best of the Best Sparkling Wine in Australia

1. Bridestowe Lavender Farm

bridestowe lavender farm

After a well-rested night, we were ready to rock and roll on the second day!

Bridestowe Lavender Estate is believed to be the largest commercial plantation of Lavandula angustifolia in the world. We were not going to miss that especially when we were there in January which is during the lavender blooming season.

Tasmania bridestowe lavender farm
Super hot sun during the summer! Oh well, but it’s so beautiful!

Fear not, you can get a yummy lavender ice-cream cone to cool down! bridestowe lavender ice cream

We arrived early at 9 am and spent about 2 hours there before it gets busy. There’s a souvenir shop selling lavender oils, soaps, spa products and the signature Bridestowe bear.🐻 We bought a small bottle of lavender oil (15ml) for $30 AUD and had an ice-cream ($5) at the field! 🍦 Happy day!

Open every day :  9 am to  6 pm

Flowering season: December to early February

Entry fee: $10 per person during the flowering season only

Distance from Launceston: 50 minutes drive

 

2. Wine Tasting at Pipers Brook and Janz

20 minutes drive from Bridestowe Lavender there we reached Pipers Brook Vineyard and Janz wine room.

pipers brooke and janz tamar valley wine tasting trip

Pipers Brook is known for their Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Kreglinger Vintage Brut Rosé.

Janz was Tasmania’s first sparkling wine made using the traditional Méthode, which now they called in Tasmania “MÉTHODE TASMANOISE”.

 The driveway to both cellar doors was stunningly beautiful. 

3. Lunch and Wine Tasting at Bay of Fires Cellar Door

After Pipers Brook Vineyard, we took a short 15 minutes drive to reach Bay of Fires Winery/ House of Arras cellar door.

House of Arras cellar door bay of fire wines

Awarded ‘Best of the Best Sparkling‘, House of Arras is Australia’s most awarded Sparkling Wine producer. Shared the same cellar door with Bay of Fire, we had a good tasting session of different Bay of Fires wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay), and some beautiful Arras Sparklings.

Lunch platter for 2  with wines:  $62 AUDBAy of fire winery tamar valley lunch

4. BBQ Dinner At Airbnb, Drink Wine Under The Stars

After the late lunch and lots of wines in our bellies, we decided to call it a day and back to our lovely Airbnb to rest and prepare for the bbq dinner.

We grabbed a few nice cut of meat from the local Tasmanian butcher. Had a great time with our Airbnb host over nice bbq and a few bottles of local wines. BBQ at Airbnb Grindelwald

The temperature dropped quite substantially at night, but with the view and the wine, the stars and the sunset, it was perfect. 💛
Cheers to Tamar Valley, LAunceston

Day 3: Grindelwald Swiss Village, Josef Chromy Lunch, Cataract Gorge

1. Grindelwald Swiss Village in Tasmania

grindelwald swiss village
A small cathedral around Grindelwald neighbourhood

During the 3rd day in Launceston, we had a good walk around the neighbourhood that we were staying – Grindelwald. If you don’t already know, Grindelwald is also a village in Switzerland. While this “Grindelwald” in Tasmania was established in the 1980s as a unique residential development, all houses here have been built in Swiss style (including our Airbnb house).

The local attraction is a Swiss-themed Tamar Valley Resort which includes hotels, shopping arcade, gift shops, lake activities, mini-golf course and a 10-hole public golf course. A very family friendly place especially during the weekends.Grindelwald tamar valley resort village

Grindelwald tamar valley resort
Lots of fun activities for the family

2. Lunch at Josef Chromy Cellar Door Restaurant

Josef Chromy Cellar door restaurant best lunch in launceston

One of the best lunch spots in town, Josef Chromy is listed as one of the Top 10 Cellar Doors of Australia and awarded One Chef Hat in the 2017 Australian Good Food and Wine Guide.

We had a wine tasting session before lunch. Spent $140 AUD for lunch of 2 (including wines). Food, view, service were all very good! Highly recommended!

This place is very popular for lunch even during the weekday, so be sure to make a reservation a few days in advance.

After lunch, we had a good walk around the vineyard and the property. Josef Chromy is definitely one of the most beautiful wineries we’ve been to in Launceston.stunning lake view of josef chromy tasmania

The restaurant overlooks the picturesque lake and vineyard, just beautiful!wine tasting at josef chromy

Josef Chromy Cellar Door, Vineyard and Restaurant

Website: https://www.josefchromy.com.au/

Location:

370 Relbia Rd, Relbia TAS 7258.  (15 min drive south of Launceston, 10 minutes from the Launceston Airport)

Opening hours:

Cellar Door: Dailly 10 am – 5 pm,

Lunch : Daily 11.45am – 2.30pm

3. The Cataract Gorge 

launceston cataract gorge view

If you need to visit only one place in Launceston, it has to be Cataract Gorge.

Cataract Gorge is just 15 minutes walk from the city centre, there are walking and hiking trails, the world’s longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, cafe, peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, suspension bridge, panoramic lookouts with spectacular views.

We took the chairlift instead of hiking up the hill. $15 both ways per person.Scenic Chairlift what to do in Launceston Gorge

It was certainly fun but felt quite scary at the same time while looking down on the chairlift.

cataract gorge scenic chairlift

There is a beautiful garden as well as the panoramic lookout on top of the mountain. Wild peacocks and wallabies can be spotted too.

Panoramic lookout

Peacock in the gardenpeacock at cataract gorge garden

Cataract Gorge

Open:

  • Everyday from 9am

Closing:

  • Winter at 4.30 pm
  • Spring and Autumn 5.00 pm
  • Summer 5.30 pm to 6.00 pm

Video

Thanks for reading up to this point! I made a short video of our 3 days in Launceston. Watch from this link if you can’t view it from below.

 

 

Summary of 3 days in Launceston

Day 1

  • fly in, rent a car, buy a local sim card
  • check in to Airbnb at Grindelwald
  • Explore the town
  • Dinner at Launceston Seaport with marina view

Day 2

  • Bridestowe Lavender Estate
  • Pipers Brook and Janz vineyard – wine tasting
  • Lunch at Bay of Fire/House of Arras (Best Sparkling of Tasmania)
  • BBQ dinner at Airbnb

Day 3

  • Grindelwald Swiss Village
  • Lunch at Josef Chromy Cellar Door Restaurant (One of the best lunch spot in Launceston)
  • The Cataract Gorge (Scenic Chairlift)

Day 4

  • Wine tasting at Tamar Ridge Cellar Door (Brown Brothers)
  • 1 hr 54 min drive to East Coast Freycinet. Read the next post, here.
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Read more about the trip

10 Days Self-Driving Itinerary to Tasmania & Mornington Peninsular

【Part 2】East Coast Tasmania (Wineglass Bay hiking, Wine Tasting)

【Part 3】Hobart 4 days (MONA Museum, Bruny Island, Wine Tasting)

【Part 4】Wine and Whisky Tasting – Hobart Day Trip

【Part 5】Bruny Island – Hobart Day Trip

Tamar Valley Wine Tasting Trip

 

Tasmania Blog【Part 1】How We Spent 3 Days in Launceston, Tasmania
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