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Ruth Dawkins

Ruth Dawkins

Ruth Dawkins is a freelance writer, campaigner and blogger. She tweets and Facebooks @DorkyMum

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The 12 best things to do in Launceston

The 12 best things to do in Launceston

Ah, lovely Launceston. Tasmania’s second city might not get quite so much love as more famous cities on the Australian mainland (or, for that matter, the island’s first city, Hobart), but it most certainly should. This home of just over 110,000 people teems with stuff to see and do, from gorgeous sights and majestic nature to delicious restaurants. Here’s our lowdown of the best things to do in Launnie. RECOMMENDED: 🏖 The best things to do in Tasmania📍 The best things to do in Hobart

Tasmania's hidden gems

Tasmania's hidden gems

Many of Tasmania’s attractions are already well known throughout Australia. The Port Arthur Historic Site, Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay are on everyone’s hit list whatever the weather (and in Tassie the weather can be challenging.) But many of the most interesting things to see and do on the island are kept a little quieter. You won’t find these places on a picture postcard, but every one of them is worth going out of your way to find, and when you get there it will almost certainly be quiet enough to enjoy.

The 13 best things to do in Tasmania

The 13 best things to do in Tasmania

It’s easy to understand the allure of Australia’s small southernmost state, and diverse things to do in Tasmania abound. Beyond extraordinary food and wine and the world-famous Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania also has 40 per cent of its land reserved as national parks and world heritage wilderness. A 20-minute drive from any of the state’s major cities will see you walking in the bush, biking down a spectacular mountain trail, or lounging on the beach. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

Time Out's guide to Hobart

Time Out's guide to Hobart

There has been much talk of the “Mona effect”, referring to the positive artistic, social and financial impact of David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art, but the newfound vibrancy and confidence of Hobart extends well beyond Mona’s sandstone walls. A thriving food and drink scene, along with festivals, markets and close proximity to some of the world’s most pristine wilderness have seen Hobart attracting record numbers of visitors from both Australia and overseas. With a population of just over 200,000, Hobart punches well above its weight in terms of attractions, but still maintains the friendly welcome and accessibility of a smaller city. Word of Hobart’s charms seems to be spreading fast, so it might pay to visit sooner rather than later. // (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-74661476-2', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); setTimeout("ga('send','event','11 seconds','time on page more than 10 sec')",11000); setTimeout("ga('send','event','31 seconds','time on page more than 30 sec')",31000); setTimeout("ga('send','event','61 seconds','time on page more than 60 sec')",61000); setTimeout("ga('send','event','181 seconds','time on page more than 180 sec')",181000); set

Time Out's guide to Hobart

Time Out's guide to Hobart

There has been much talk of the “Mona effect”, referring to the positive artistic, social and financial impact of David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art, but the newfound vibrancy and confidence of Hobart extends well beyond Mona’s sandstone walls. A thriving food and drink scene, along with festivals, markets and close proximity to some of the world’s most pristine wilderness have seen Hobart attracting record numbers of visitors from both Australia and overseas. With a population of just over 200,000, Hobart punches well above its weight in terms of attractions, but still maintains the friendly welcome and accessibility of a smaller city. Word of Hobart’s charms seems to be spreading fast, so it might pay to visit sooner rather than later. // (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-74661476-2', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); setTimeout("ga('send','event','11 seconds','time on page more than 10 sec')",11000); setTimeout("ga('send','event','31 seconds','time on page more than 30 sec')",31000); setTimeout("ga('send','event','61 seconds','time on page more than 60 sec')",61000); setTimeout("ga('send','event','181 seconds','time on page more than 180 sec')",181000); set

Hidden Tasmania

Hidden Tasmania

Many of Tasmania’s attractions are already well known throughout Australia. Visitor numbers at the Port Arthur Historic Site, Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay remain high whatever the weather (and in Tassie the weather can be challenging.) But many of the most interesting things to see and do on the island are kept a little quieter. You won’t find any of these places on a picture postcard, but every one of them is worth going out of your way to find, and when you get there it will almost certainly be quiet enough to enjoy.

Tasmania's hidden gems

Tasmania's hidden gems

Many of Tasmania’s attractions are already well known throughout Australia. Visitor numbers at the Port Arthur Historic Site, Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay remain high whatever the weather (and in Tassie the weather can be challenging.) But many of the most interesting things to see and do on the island are kept a little quieter. You won’t find any of these places on a picture postcard, but every one of them is worth going out of your way to find, and when you get there it will almost certainly be quiet enough to enjoy.

Time Out's guide to Tasmania's North West

Time Out's guide to Tasmania's North West

Tasmania’s North West coast is known for being one of the state’s most prosperous agricultural and farming areas, but it’s becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. There are huge areas of wilderness that are home to rare and endangered wildlife, scenic coastlines, and small towns packed with independently run shops and restaurants. This is the purest, greenest corner of Tassie; reliable rainfall, geographical isolation and lack of pollution mean that the air here is regularly monitored and recorded as being the cleanest in the world. Combine those environmentally friendly credentials with an abundance of fresh produce and outstanding scenery, and it’s no wonder the North West is thriving. Whether you’re more into boutique accommodation and gourmet food, or backpacking through the bush with your swag and snags, there’s guaranteed to be something that will interest you in the area.

Time Out's guide to Tasmania's North West

Time Out's guide to Tasmania's North West

Tasmania’s North West coast is known for being one of the state’s most prosperous agricultural and farming areas, but it’s becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. There are huge areas of wilderness that are home to rare and endangered wildlife, scenic coastlines, and small towns packed with independently run shops and restaurants. This is the purest, greenest corner of Tassie; reliable rainfall, geographical isolation and lack of pollution mean that the air here is regularly monitored and recorded as being the cleanest in the world. Combine those environmentally friendly credentials with an abundance of fresh produce and outstanding scenery, and it’s no wonder the North West is thriving. Whether you’re more into boutique accommodation and gourmet food, or backpacking through the bush with your swag and snags, there’s guaranteed to be something that will interest you in the area.

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