Launceston is the centrepiece of Tasmania’s Northern Region, with its reputation as a hub for fine food, wine, culture and nature growing each year. The city’s annual food and wine extravaganza held every February “Festivale” coincides with the Luxbet Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival hosted by the Tasmanian Turf Club, making this time of year perfect for a visit to Launceston.
The northern regions boasts some of the best vineyards in the state with the Joseph Chromy Estate at Relbia, about a 30-minute drive from the city centre not only producing top class wines but also offering visitors a brilliant dining experience in its state of the art restaurant and conference facility.
Other noted places of interest are the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Narawntapu National Park and the award-winning Cataract Gorge located just a few minutes walk from the city centre, is a must visit attraction within the region.
Launceston also is the home of one of the state’s two tri-code racing complexes. The Luxbet Racing Centre Launceston offers fans of thoroughbred racing one of the best laid-out courses in Australia with its long, expansive home straight and its undulating layout a real test of strength and character that gives every horse a chance. The complex also hosts weekly harness and greyhound racing. Here, the Tasmanian Turf Club, Launceston Pacing Club and Launceston Greyhound Racing Clubs are waiting to welcome you to the venue and provide you with a fantastic racing experience.