Australia's largest regional museum, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) has two key sites, the Museum at Inveresk and the Art Gallery at Royal Park. The Museum is where you'll find the QVMAG Tasmanian history and natural science collections and the Art Gallery is where you can experience ten galleries, the Guan Di Temple and the ArtSparks! Family Art Space.
Established in 1891, the Queen Victoria at Royal Park has a strong reputation for its excellent collection, which includes fine exhibitions of colonial art, contemporary craft and design, Tasmanian history and natural sciences, specifically a zoology collection. There is also a special exhibition of a full Chinese temple that was used by 19th-century Chinese tin miners, a working planetarium, and displays related to Launceston's industrial environment and railway workshops. The museum also houses the Victoria Cross awarded to Lewis McGee.
The Inveresk premises, built in recent years on the site of the old Launceston Railway Workshops, is where you'll find the Phenomena Factory, a free-entry interactive science centre providing hands-on education for kids of all ages. You will also find the Jaffa Machine donated by Hydro Tasmania which turns human mechanical energy into kinetic energy. Crank the handle and sustain the energy output long enough and you'll be rewarded with a jaffa.
Launceston Tramway Musuem
Launceston Tramway Musuem preserves the heritage of the Launceston Municipal Tramways, which was responsible for operating the city s tram fleet between 1911 and 1952. The museum features a workshop and a large, modern display gallery. Inside the gallery you can experience a whimsical ramble on the big screen - Launceston's oldest surviving film footage, which observes how the city has changed since Victorian times. The museum is nesxt door to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk. Open every day 10am to 4pm in Summer. Tram rides on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. At other times of the year it is open on weekends only.
National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
Australians have always had a soft spot for their automobiles, a fact that is reflected in the high standard of its car museums; this one is no exception. The museum features a vast array of cars and motorcycles owned by local collectors, as well as plenty of motoring memorabilia. The vehicles on display are rotated regularly, so it is a place you can come back to time and time again and still see something new and interesting. The museum is located at Cnr Willis and Cimitiere Streets in the centre of Launceston, and is open every day (except Christmas day) 9 am - 5 pm, Winter 10 am - 4 pm. Tel: +61 03 6334 8888.
A fine Colonial house and outbuildings established in 1819 by Thomas Reiby whose son was the Hon. Thomas Reiby at one time archdeacon of the Anglican Church, later a politician. The house and its early owners had curious interests of race horses, politics and religion which are represented in the buildings at Entally. Sited at the junction of the Meander and South Esk Rivers, the estate has been skilfully enhanced by fine landscaping. Entally House is open for public inspection.
Location: 96 Entally Road, Hadspen
1838-9: An excellent example of a two storey Regency house built 'on spec' for Britton Jones, an early Launceston brewer and innkeeper in 1838-9. A feature of the building is its scholarly Ionic porch. The house was purchased by the National Trust in 1960, restored and opened to the public in 1961. It is a large, classic Georgian house of brick and stucco. It features a main hipped roof, projecting eaves, 12 pane windows above, 15 pane below. The front facade is stuccoed and has string courses between two levels.
Location: - Franklin House, 413-419 Hobart Road, Franklin Village.
1838: Clarendon House is arguably one of Australia's greatest Georgian Regency style houses still standing today. It has formal gardens and grounds, a tree lined avenue, Italianate facade, restored early colonial outbuildings and is owned by the National Trust. The wealthy grazier and merchant James Cox (son of William Cox) had the house built in 1838. It has a fine reconstructed garden, notable outbuildings and an important setting in the landscape.
Location: Clarendon, 234 Clarendon Rd, Nile.
Prominent among the early settlers, the Archer family built a number of grand houses and estates in the area. They farmed and developed the land, and built a number of homesteads which are among the finest in northern Tasmania. Six generations of Archers have lived in Woolmers Estate, from 1817 to 1994; it is now owned by the Woolmers Foundation Inc and is open to the public. Regarded as the most authentic remaining example of an Australian pioneer farm, it has established a National Rose Garden, with more than 4,000 roses on display.
Location: Woolmers Estate, 658 Woolmers Lane, Longford.
1824: One of Tasmania's World Heritage Convict Sites, Brickendon Historic Farm and Convict Village was built by William Archer in 1824; the village is still owned by his descendents. The complex affords the a rare chance to see a double storey Georgian brick homestead, convict-built Gothic chapel, Dutch barns, chicken house, blacksmith shop and tool shed and stay in historic farm cottages. There is also a four hectare (10 acre) historic garden for you to explore.
Location: Brickendon, 236 Wellington Street, Longford.
Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre
The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre is the main attraction in the town and should not be missed. Twice the size it was a decade ago, the remnants of the original Tasmania Gold Mine that was the original Grubb Shaft Museum still stand. Thanks to many generous donations from the local community, Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre currently houses over 10,000 objects in its heritage collection. The collection includes archaeological artefacts from the historic Hart Shaft, documents and items relating to mining in Beaconsfield since the late 19th century, a vast collection of photographs specific to the diverse history of the West Tamar region, social history objects and ephemera and so much more.
Bass and Flinders Centre
Situated in George Town, the Bass and Flinders Centre is a museum primarily telling the story of British navigators Matthew Flinders and George Bass and their visit to the coasts of Tasmania. In 1798 they sailed around Tasmania in HM Colonial sloop Norfolk and proved it was an island. In 1998 the voyage was re-enacted with a replica Norfolk built out of Huon pine and Celery Top pine. Not a single nail or screw was used all the joints are held together with tunnels. Other exhibits tells the maritime history of the region.
Low Head Pilot Station
A unique and historical precinct situated at the entry of the Tamar River in Northern Tasmania just 40 minutes drive from Launceston, Australia. Dating back to 1805, the Low Head Conservation Area is the oldest Pilot and Signal Station in Australia and has run continuously since 1833. Offering a diverse range of 19th century buildings overlooking Bass Strait, this charming precinct is a haven of tranquillity and serenity surrounded by pristine beaches and magnificent views.