The Royal Launceston Show is fast approaching and as the region’s major annual agricultural event, it is definitely worth factoring into your Tasmanian holiday plans.
Celebrating Tasmania’s primary industries, it will offer attendees an insight into the island state’s wide range of rural resources as well as a chance to enjoy food tasting, wood chopping, breeder competitions and much more.
There will also be the much-loved staples of any great show such as show bags, rides, fairy floss and farm animals – kids are sure to love interacting with the rabbits, calves and piglets. The cat and dog judging events are always a favourite, with well-groomed pets providing fantastic entertainment.
Held from October 6 to 8, this annual spectacle regularly attracts more than 15,000 visitors to the Launceston Showgrounds in Inveresk. Interestingly it is held in such high esteem that a public holiday is marked on Thursday for northern Tasmanians.
Over time the Royal Launceston Show has drifted further and further towards a big carnival atmosphere – these days the big crowds and vast array of entertainment truly rank it as one of the best of its kind in Australia.
This is the perfect time of year to spend a day out in the spring sun with the whole family or a group of friends. You’ll be sure to meet some of the friendly locals while you’re there and walk away with some delightful fresh local produce.
If you are a first-time visitor to Tasmania, Launceston itself is an important part of your journey. It is the state’s second-largest city and has a burgeoning reputation for being a cultural hub, with a host of trendy cafes, museums and magnificent Victorian architecture.
Launceston is also a gateway to the Tamar Valley’s cool-climate wineries – a must-see region of any trip to this part of the world.