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Architecture and design

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Built different

A merging of rich heritage and modern design

Launnie is a jewel box of architectural styles and design, best explored on foot, camera in hand. Look closely. Look up. Notice every preserved or patinated surface.

Do try to be careful as you wend your way through our streets – you might accidentally fall in love with the place.

The spot list

Albert Hall

Bank of New South Wales

City Park

Custom House

Design Tasmania

Duck Reach Power Station

Esk Brewery

Gasworks

Henty House

Holyman House

Johnstone & Wilmot Store

Launceston Post Office

Launceston Synagogue

Macquarie House

Morton House

National Automobile Museum of Tasmania

Old Brisbane Hotel

Paterson Barracks

Prince Albert Inn

Princes Square

Queen Victoria Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Museum

Ritchie's Mill

Shields Street

St John's Church

Tasmania Flour Mills

The Cornwall Hotel

The Old Umbrella Shop

The Quadrant Mall

Town Hall

Cataract Gorge

Amble across the historic wrought-iron King's Bridge to the mouth of the Cataract Gorge, where the remains of the chute that once carried water to Ritchie's Mill – an 1830s flour mill – can be seen on the eastern cliff face. Next, make your way up to the Duck Reach Power Station, Australia’s very first commercial hydroelectric station completed in 1895.

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Launceston Gasworks

The oldest buildings on site at Launceston Gasworks were built in 1860 from sandstone and local brick. At the top of retort buildings, fancy brickwork spells out 'COOK WITH GAS'. The steel frame of the gasometer stands nearby.

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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

The former Railway Workshops at Inveresk have been transformed into a unique cultural precinct featuring the Queen Victoria Museum. Head inside and immerse yourself in Launceston's intriguing history, art, and natural sciences collections.

A short drive will take you to the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park. The design of the 1891 building was chosen as part of a competition. The winner was a young local architect, John Duncan. (Fun fact: he also designed Albert Hall for £25.)

Launceston history walk

As Australia's third-oldest city, established in 1806, Launnie is renowned for its well-preserved historic buildings. Download the Launceston Historical Society's 'Cya On The Road' app for an itinerary of 20 of the city's most marvellous frontages, plus audio guides, maps, cafe recommendations, and more.

Launceston by Foot

Pull on your walking shoes and uncover the city's secrets with Launceston by Foot. Join unique walking tours that seamlessly blend history with gastronomy and hidden gems, promising an authentic experience you won't forget.

Architecture fans will enjoy the Heart of Launceston tour, which unlocks fascinating stories of the city through historic landmarks and local hotspots.

Australia Post

The Launceston General Post Office was built between 1886 and 1899 in the Queen Anne architectural style. The stout tower (nicknamed the Pepper Pot) was added a few years later by public subscription, with the clock installed just in time for Launceston's centenary in 1906.

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Princes Square

Established in 1858 on a disused brickfield, Princes Square is known for its dappled light and beautiful Val d'Osne Fountain. Its pleasant symmetry belies earlier use as a rubbish dump, military parade ground, and rowdy political meeting place.

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Launnie in focus

One of the best ways to experience and appreciate Launnie's architecture is through the lens of a camera. Launceston Camera House offers excellent photography workshops from time to time, allowing you to take to the streets, sharpen your skills, and capture amazing images that tell the story of the city.

Keep an eye on the Launceston Camera House Facebook page and Camera House website for upcoming sessions.

Grab a bite while you explore


Woody's Barrel Bar

89, 91 Lindsay Street, Invermay

89, 91 Lindsay Street, Invermay

Woody’s Barrel Bar is situated in the intriguing setting of one of the four historical seaport silos, which were... Read more

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Tenebris

97 Saint John Street, Launceston

97 Saint John Street, Launceston

One of Launceston’s more unique bar offerings, Tenebris serves handmade Nepalese-style dumplings (also known as Momos) and... Read more

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Bread + Butter Bakery

20 George Street, Launceston

20 George Street, Launceston

Situated in Launnie's iconic Rankin & Bond building, the Bread + Butter Bakery bakes fresh goods and serves fantastic... Read more

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Aromas Cafe

Charles Street, Launceston

Charles Street, Launceston

Located on the edge of the Launceston CBD, at 727 Charles Street, Aromas Cafe has been serving delicious meals and coffee... Read more

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Northern Public House

124 George Street, Launceston

124 George Street, Launceston

Northern Public House, the latest venture from the team at Sports Garden Hotel, is redefining the classic corner pub... Read more

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Cataract Gorge Reserve Cliff Grounds

74-90 Basin Road, West Launceston

74-90 Basin Road, West Launceston

We are so lucky to have The Cataract Gorge Reserve so close to our beautiful city. This 65 million year old gorge is shaded... Read more

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Tidal Café

5, 28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston

5, 28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston

Nestled at the foot of the Tamar River in Seaport, Tidal Café has a diverse menu featuring delicious breakfast options,... Read more

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Hodgy's Bar & Restaurant

5, 61 Cameron Street, Launceston

5, 61 Cameron Street, Launceston

Hodgy's is a haven for those seeking a laid-back vibe, boasting an impressive selection of beer and spirits tower drinks... Read more

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Thamel House

146-148 Charles Street, Launceston

146-148 Charles Street, Launceston

Thamel House reimagines the art of culinary fusion, skillfully merging the flavours of Nepalese and Western cuisine to... Read more

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