Direct flights from Melbourne (50 minutes), Sydney (1 hour 20 minutes) and Brisbane (3 hours) will have you in Launceston quickly and without fuss – or perhaps make it an extended stay by booking your car on the Spirit of Tasmania for a romantic overnight Bass Strait crossing.
Launceston, Australia’s third oldest city, offers stunning heritage streetscapes as part of a modern vibrant city of 80,000 +. It ranked first in Australia in Suncorp’s inaugural 2013 Family-Friendly City Index. From Launceston, the River Tamar meanders 50kms to Bass Strait, through one of Australia’s most beautiful river valleys, studded with cool climate vineyards, dairy farms and orchards. The picturesque mountains and wilderness of the Central Highlands are less than an hour’s drive inland. Hobart with its attractions such as MONA, Salamanca Market and Mt Wellington are just 2 hours drive from Launceston.
Our preferred provider of accommodation in Launceston is Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Competitive rates for BOFA visitors can be accessed at Hotel Grand Chancellor website
BOFA’s preferred carrier is QantasLink
Book your travel and accommodation at the Launceston Travel and Information Centre
Hobart, the home of MONA, the controversial world class museum of old and new art, is a scenic 2 hours drive away on good roads. Hobart boasts some of the best colonial architecture in Australia, plus excellent restaurants, markets, museums and world class scenery including Mt Wellington on its doorstep.
The fertile north-west coast, an hour’s drive away, also has beaches, mountains and fresh produce to tempt the traveller.
Things To Do and See
BOFA is held in Launceston’s historic Inveresk railway yards precinct. The conversion of the old railway workshops to become a home for the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and a campus of the University of Tasmania, has won a number of national design awards. Five screens within easy walking distance provide a perfect and atmospheric Festival setting.
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Launceston Tamar Valley
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
QVMAG, one of Australia’s finest regional museums, will be presenting the exhibitions for BOFA 2013. The recently renovated Royal Park Museum (part of QVMAG) has the one of the best collections of colonial art
Website. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
James Boags Brewery
Book a James Boag’s brewery tour, view Boag’s brands, or find out about the history of the world-class Launceston brewery
Website. James Boag’s
The Tamar Valley Wine Route
Features more than 20 vineyards offering wine tasting and sales just a short drive away.
Website. Tamar Valley Wine Route.com.au
A two hour drive to Hobart takes you to Australia’s most exciting and controversial new museum,
the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
This collection of cars and motorcycles spans a hundred years of style and technical achievement with its impressive collection of traditional and contemporary marques.
Play golf at Barnbougle Dunes Australia’s #1 Public Golf Course and World #7 public access course
Website. Barnbougle Dunes
Tasmanian Wood Design Collection – Design Centre
World class design and unique Tasmanian timbers in the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection – Design Centre, Launceston
Website. Design Centre
Tasmania Zoo is the perfect local place to see Tasmanian Devils up close
Website. Tasmanian Zoo
Explore Australia’s finest historic homes
Website. National Trust
Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin
Launceston’s own piece of wilderness just 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
Website. The Gorge
Discover the secret life of seahorses at Seahorse World
Website. Seahorse World
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, the start of the 65-kilometre (40-mile) Overland Track through the Central Highlands wilderness, is just three hours drive from Launceston and a great place to see rainforest and majestic mountains
Website. Cradle Mountain
Header Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters
BOFA was just the beginning of our Tasmanian adventure. After the film festival we hired a car and drove out in search of Tasmania’s famous wilderness. The changeability of the landscape in Tasmania was phenomenal: lush forest gave way to misty mountains, rock formations, colourful marshes and surreal alpine lakes, plus green rolling hills of farmland dotted with immaculate sandstone estates . Every hour on the road revealed another breathtaking sight. We drove south-west up into the the highland lakes area, then passing through picturesque countryside before driving our car onto the Bruny Island car ferry. Bruny Island was glorious, full of small farms and tiny hamlets, with plenty to see, do and eat. With a world-class winery, a pioneering cheese company, a smokehouse and a berry farm – Bruny Island satisfied much of our desire for culinary adventure. The gastronomic tourism continued in Hobart, with dinner at Garagiste and a veritable smorgasbord of food and wine experiences on offer at MONA.
- Tom and Zoe, Sydney
This is what Andreas Loefler, Sydney film-lover has to say