Let’s face it, Tasmania isn’t a cheap place to visit. Transportation around Australia’s island state isn’t the easiest thing to arrange, meaning most visitors need to pay to hire cars, or to ferry their own vehicle over from the mainland. Free things to do in the places you visit can really help to keep costs down, so to help you out, we’ve listed some of the free things to do in Launceston.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery: The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery could easily take up a day of your time. A planetarium, an exhibition on Tasmania’s sporting history, and the Phenomena Factory – a science centre with interactive exhibits – are some of the key attractions.
Motorcycle Museum: Actually part of a Harley Davidson dealership, head upstairs to see a carefully maintained collection of rare and vintage motorcycles on display. The shop includes a restaurant if you’re there over lunch, and is open 9-5.
Markets: The ultimate cheap activity – where what you spend depends on you, and you alone, markets are a fantastic way to pass time in a new city. See local crafts, produce and entertainment whilst browsing stalls. Don’t forget to stop by one of the food carts for an afternoon snack. Check out the Esk Markets, and if you have transport, the Evandale Markets are just 20 minutes outside the city.
Active Launceston: Active Launceston is an organisation aimed at getting people outside and active. Check out their events page to see what’s on. There’s rarely a day without an activity, and most of them are free.
Cataract Gorge: Within walking distance from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is the perfect place to relax. With free entry to the Gorge, you’ll find yourself in a lush gorge complete with pools, a restaurant and a huge expanse of lawn. If you want to take the opportunity to ride the chairlift you will have to fork out a little cash, but at under $15 for a ride across and back, it’s not a bank-breaking exercise.
- Lindsey Hodder