Embrace rainy winter days with our guide to the best wet weather activities in Launceston Central City.
On days when rain is pelting down, nothing quite beats the warm oasis of Village Cinemas, watching a movie on the big screen with buttered popcorn in hand (and a choc-top in the other).
Village Cinemas 163 Brisbane Street, Launceston.
Next on our top things to do on a rainy day is read. If you’re after the latest magazine or newspaper head to Brisbane Street News and Lotto, Charles Street Central Newsagency or the conveniently located Morty’s News and Post. For those after something more substantial, borrow a book from the Launceston Library or Petrarch’s Bookshop has an extensive array of books and knowledgeable staff who are only too happy to recommend a good read.
Launceston’s many cosy cafes are a welcome respite from winter rain. Places like Sweetbrew, Samuel Pepy’s, The Pantry and Great Scot are particularly cosy when the weather is having a moment - wherever you choose, you’ll be able to sip on a coffee and watch the world go by in comfort.
For a list of cafes in Launceston Central City click here.
Launceston is home to one of the most unique stores in Tasmania – The Old Umbrella Shop. Here you’ll find an array, from sun umbrellas to rain umbrellas (yes, there is a difference!) The shop even has a new museum section where you can view umbrellas from different cultures and eras and the stories behind them. We can’t think of a more appropriate activity for a rainy day!
The Old Umbrella Shop, 60 George Street, Launceston
You’ve bought yourself a fancy umbrella, which means you’re ready to hit the streets for a day of shopping. Launceston really does have something for everyone, with national department stores like Myer and Harris Scarfe, to local specialty stores and everything in between.
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The best way to warm yourself up on a rainy winter’s day is to get moving. Exercise inside at any of the gyms or yoga studios in Launceston Central City. 24 hour gyms like Zap Fitness and Key Fitness 24/7 allow you to work out whenever the urge hits, while Curves, F45 Training, The Tiny Yoga Space and Pilates4Me will have you feeling flexible, strong and fighting fit in no time.
We think treating yourself should be a necessary activity rain, hail or shine – but the benefits of a rainy day pamper session is that you get to feel relaxed and rejuvenated, plus the added feeling of satisfaction that comes with knowing that you’re not out there, you’re inside, treating yourself, and it feels… so good.
For a list of options to relax your mind, body and soul click here.
Launceston is home to so many galleries and local artisan shops, many of which are under cover. In the Centreway Arcade you'll find U-Beaut designs, a new store geared at supporting local Tasmanian artisans. If art is your jam then a visit to Gallery Pejean is a must, while Leoni Duff Galleries and Jules Sharman Art both run art classes and exhibit their work in their beautiful gallery spaces. If you're after locally made products of the food persuasion, you can't go past Gourlay's Sweet Shop, Cocobean Chocolate and The Tasmanian Artisan Shop.
To browse a range of local retailers selling locally produced handmade goods click here.
Beers, cocktails and wine - it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so wash away those rainy day blues with a beverage at any one of Launceston’s many bars or pubs. If wine is your thing Bar Two has a great range of Tasmanian wines in a cosy little bar complete with outdoor heaters, or for those after a Mojito to bring back memories of that tropical holiday long ago, hightail it to Cinco Passiones, a cocktail lounge tucked away in Brisbane Street with beautiful views and a cosy art deco vibe. We've covered wine and crossed off cocktails, all that's remaining is beer. Saint John Craft Beer Bar features up to 14 taps with the best of international, Australian and Tasmanian craft beer... by now you've forgotten it's even raining.
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Balls and Bumpers is what many people would describe as paradise on earth, stocking and displaying a range of sporting memorabilia and collectibles that any sporting fan would drool over.
Balls and Bumpers, 171 Charles Street, Launceston