Launceston Airport (LST)
Launceston Airport is Tasmania’s second-busiest airport after Hobart, has been operating since the 1930s, and has been owned and run by Australia Pacific Airports Corporation since 1998. The airport is on Evandale Road at Western Junction, 15 kilometres from Launceston’s city centre. There is no public transport from Launceston Airport. Car rentals are available at the airport from Avis, Europcar, Budget, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty.
There are long-term and short-term car parks, with an overflow car park, and there is a parking calculator on the airport’s website if needed. The designated pick-up and drop-off area is out the front of the terminal; drivers must not leave cars unattended, and not stop for any longer than two minutes. Transfers to the CBD and surrounds are available through Airporter Shuttle Bus. Another option is Taxis Combined Launceston (132 227) with a trip to the city roughly $35.
Launceston Airport has an eatery, the Long Bar & Cafe, that is open from 5 am until the last flight departs in the evening.
Launceston, Australia’s third-oldest city, is a popular base from which to explore the Tamar Valley, with its pristine wilderness and boutique cool climate wineries - with more than 20 cellar doors to visit - about ten minutes’ drive away. The city itself includes attractions such as the basalt cliffs of the Cataract Gorge, an urban reserve with superb views, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and the James Boag and Son brewery.
The city’s climate is temperate/cool, with January seeing an average maximum and minimum of 23.2 and 10.2 degrees Celsius, and averages of 10.9 and 2.3 for July.
The busiest route from Launceston Airport is Melbourne, travelled by Virgin, Jetstar and QantasLink. Services are also offered to Flinders Island and King Island (through Sharp), Sydney (by Virgin and Jetstar) and Brisbane (Jetstar). Find cheap flights to Launcestion.