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Escape to the City

With boutique shopping, tantalizing foodie experiences and historic gems around every corner, Launceston is the perfect place to un-hibernate this winter.
Stay in unique accommodation, warm up with a glass of mulled wine grown by our neighbours in the Tamar Valley, feast on produce provided by our local farmers, explore heritage buildings and immerse yourself in nature all without ever leaving Launceston.

Our Off Season in Launceston


What's on in the city and surrounds

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WINTERLICOUS

Discover the warmth in Launceston Central City this winter with a variety of wintery guides, behind the scenes stories, winter video series, Cakealicious and more in the heart of the city.

JUNCTION ARTS FESTIVAL

Junction Arts Festival invites contemporary art and music out of theatres, galleries and traditional venues and into the streets, public spaces and extraordinary buildings. Discover installations, art, theatre and music experiences and feast on lavish Tasmanian food and local brews from the 1-5 of September.

TASMANIAN BREATH OF FRESH AIR (BOFA) FILM FESTIVAL

BOFA film festival is a much-needed "breath of fresh air" and from 30 April – 30 May it spans in-cinema events in Launceston and Hobart, and if the sofa is more of your thing, you can join online for free. BOFA will showcase inspiring films curated around themes of Stories of Us, Chasing Wonder, Climate Action and more.

TASSIE SCALLOP FIESTA

The Tassie Scallop Fiesta at Bridport on the 1st of August is a celebration of all things maritime, seafood and fine food accompanied by the best local beverages and an eclectic program of entertainment, including the scallop splitters challenge. Coinciding with the start of the commercial scallop season in the depths of winter, this isn’t one to miss.


Things to do

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CATARACT GORGE SCENIC CHAIRLIFT

The Cataract Gorge, the jewel of Launceston is at its best during the colder months. The fresh smells of the nature reserve and the mist hugging the cliff faces after it rains, makes it feel mysterious, like something out of this world. The view from the chairlift allows you to take all of this in from every angle and if it is a bit wet, we will make sure we keep you dry with a poncho. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

ON YOUR BIKE TOURS

The crisp blue-bird days of the Off Season make for excellent cycling conditions. Feel invigorated with a ride through the crisp air. Keep the legs moving to stay warm!

TURNER STILLHOUSE

This Off Season, receive a complimentary Hot Gin Toddy on any distillery tour. This steaming mug of goodness is made with award-winning Three Cuts Gin, cloudy Tasmanian apple juice and secret spices for extra zing. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

THE CLARENDON ARMS

Experience Son et Luminiere – entertainment featuring light, art and sound telling the history of place at The Arms this winter. Gather around the outdoor fire pots and enjoy roasted chestnuts and mulled wine as you share your experience. Dinner is to follow with a menu complementing seasonal Tasmanian produce and the skills of our local chefs. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

LOW HEAD PENGUIN TOURS

Rug up and venture out into the dark on a penguin tour. Welcome ashore 10 – 100 penguins waddling to warm burrows. Enjoy 10% off adult tickets during the Off Season. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

TASMANIAN TRUFFLES

The Off Season is when the famous black winter truffle is unearthed and harvested by our truffle dogs. Layer up, join us on the farm for either a Truffle Hunt Tour or Truffle Hunt and Winter Warmer Tour. After digging up a truffle from the cold soil, wrap your hands around a Tasmanian mulled wine by the fire pit with a baked truffle brie to warm the soul. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

LUXURY GOLF AND SCENIC TOURS TASMANIA

Play, taste and explore Tassie at a peaceful pace this Off Season. Book any multi-day tour to receive 10% off. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

41 DEGREES SOUTH TASMANIA

Explore Australia’s only eco-certified inland fish farm on a self-guided tour. Appreciate the art of farming with no impact on the environment. Finish off with a hot drink and tasting. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

COUNTRY CLUB HOTEL

Be drawn in by the heat of the blazing wood fire. Mention the Off Season and receive a complimentary drink with any meal purchase. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

SEA HORSE WORLD

Make a date to meet thousands of tiny seahorses this Off Season. The secrets of these mysterious creatures are shared on the guided tour. Tour guests save 10% on meals at The Cormorant, a snug café overlooking the Tamar River. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

BEN LOMOND SNOW SPORTS

Connect with each other and the natural world this Off Season. Ben Lomond Snow Sports has all the equipment you need for some fun in the snow.

Where to stay

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PEPPERS SILO HOTEL

The Off Season at Peppers Silo Hotel shines a light on local farmers, producers and artisans. Wine, chocolate, whisky, gin and other local delights are served up across a range of experiences from in-room local touches, a producer-led menu in Grain of the Silos and the best of Tassie beverages in Woodys Barrel Bar.

BEST WESTERN PLUS LAUNCESTON

One nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe King Room plus dinner for two in the iconic Tram Bar, all for the cosy price of $159.

WINGTONS GLAMPING CLARENCE POINT

Camping is all about cosy glamour at Wingtons Glamping. Think vintage steamer trunks, rich Persian rugs, roaring fire pits and only the finest cotton linen. Stay during the Off Season to receive a free wine tasting at Cabbage Tree Hill Vineyard. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

ELPHIN SERVICED APARTMENTS

Complementary beanies and gloves keep guests cosy from top to toe during the Off Season. Stay two nights or more to receive. Plus, enjoy a wintery indulgence of your choice: a tassie food hamper OR a relaxing 30-min massage OR a cruise on the Tamar River. Valid for up to 2 people per booking in a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

MERCURE LAUNCESTON

Receive a complimentary room upgrade and a Taste of Tassie platter packed with delicious local goodies, including cheese, mulled wine and cider. Available with any two-night mid-week stay, only during the Off Season. Terms and conditions apply. Contact operator for details.

Learn more about the Off Season at discovertasmania.com.au/off-season
The Off Season