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What can you do in Launceston over the weekend?

Go on a hot air balloon ride

Get your bearings by booking a hot air balloon ride over Launceston. You'll take in the Tasmanian landscape as you float over the Great Western Tiers at sunrise. It's one of the best things to do if you've booked return flights to Launceston as a couple and want to add some romance to your trip.

Visit the Cataract Gorge Reserve

Avid hikers in Tasmania on flights to Launceston can amble past a Victorian garden to a track that zig-zags along the rocky gorge. Eager rock climbers with tickets to Launceston can book a full-day tour and tackle the challenging routes, as led by professional guides. If you're visiting with young children, you can opt for the more relaxing option: a ride on the Gorge Scenic Chairlift. It's one of the longest chairlifts in the world and runs across the South Esk River.

Go wine tasting in Tamar Valley

Go on a wine-filled day trip to Tamar Valley. It's an easy day trip and you can book a wine tour from Launceston. The cellar door tastings are a highlight of the area, and some offer gourmet experiences to go along with your glass of wine.

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

History buffs and art lovers with tickets to Launceston should dedicate an hour or two to exploring the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. It's the largest regional museum in Australia and is located inside a beautiful 19th-century building. Inside, you'll find 10 galleries featuring artworks dating from Australia's colonial period up to the present day. One of the museum's most unique features is its Chinese temple, and there is also a planetarium with interactive displays - a fun attraction for families buying an airfare to Launceston.

What should I know before visiting Launceston?

Best time to visit Launceston

There is always something to do no matter when you buy your flights to Launceston. Each season offers its own highlights. However, when searching for cheap flights to Launceston, keep in mind that the summer months (December to February) are peak tourist season. If you want fewer crowds at the major attractions, plan your trip outside of those months.

What to pack

If you've bought an airfare to Launceston over the winter months (June to August), pack your warmest puffer jackets and beanies.

Transport from Launceston Airport (LST)

Ubers and metered taxis are available from Launceston Airport (LST). A one-way trip will set you back around $35 AUD. You'll find the metered taxi rank outside of the arrivals terminal, and there is a designated pick-up point for Uber across from the undercover car park. Budget travellers with flights to Launceston after a cheaper alternative can take the shuttle bus. Prices start at $15 AUD per person.

What's on in Launceston?

Festivale

Festivale is a massive annual event held on the first weekend of February. It celebrates Tasmania's food and wine, and attracts 30,000 attendees each year. With more than 80 stalls serving up gourmet food, wine, beer, spirits and cider, it's an event worth planning flights to Launceston around. For families, there are dance, music and street theatre performances to keep the kids entertained.

Party in the Paddock

Party in the Paddock brings some of Australia's biggest names in music to the Apple Isle. The three-day music festival has been going strong since 2013 and has started adding international acts from New Zealand and the UK to the line-up. If you want to attend, buy your airfare to Launceston for the beginning of February.

Mona Foma

Held over one week in January, Mona Foma is an intriguing art and music festival. Curated by Brian Ritchie from the Violent Femmes, it's one of Tasmania's largest contemporary music festivals with dance, theatre, and visual art performances. If you can't make the summer dates, buy your flights to Launceston for the winter version, called Dark Mofo. It's usually held in June for 12 days and features a similar line-up, but all the events take place at night.

When is The Best Time to Visit Launceston?

The best time to visit Launceston is either in the city’s spring (September to November) or summer months (December to February). The weather is warm, with cool nights and rains are at a minimal.

But the perfect weather means it's high season in Launceston. Expect prices for hotels to be expensive, and campervans and camping grounds to sell out. Plan ahead by booking your flights and accommodation a few months in advance.

If you want to escape the crowds, plan your trip for either autumn (March to May) or winter (June to August). As the temperatures start to drop, the city empties out, and you’ll have all the attractions to yourself.

Rain is common during these months, so make sure you pack an umbrella. But if you don’t mind the less than perfect weather you’ll find great deals on accommodation and flights.

Airports in Launceston

Launceston Airport

Launceston Airport is the fastest growing in Tasmania and the second busiest in the state. It operates daily flights to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney with regional airlines Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia.

Getting To and From Launceston Airport

There are no public transport options that run between the airport and the city.

The best way to get to your hotel is to take a taxi or use the airport shuttle.

The taxi rank is located outside the arrival terminal exit, near the baggage claim area. A one-way trip costs between AUD 35-40 and you can use the Smart Hail App to pre-book your ride.

There are also select Launceston hotels that provide an airport shuttle. It costs AUD 15 for a single trip, and you’ll be dropped off outside your accommodation.

Car hire options are also available at the airport. You’ll find six car rental company desks just after the baggage claim area.

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