Launceston is the river fishing capital of Tasmania. Famous Australian rivers including the South Esk, Brumbys Creek, Maquarie and Meander rivers are all within 25 minutes of town, and feature the best mayfly hatches and grasshopper falls in Australia. The trout are wild browns, and the fishing is mixed and varied, ranging from stalking small creeks, to wading medium sized rivers, to rafting large slow flowing meadow streams.
You can read about some of the great fishing around Launceston, in these FlyLife magazine articles by RiverFly guide, Daniel Hackett: Brumbys Creek, Tasmanian River Renaissance & The Walls to the Cliffs (Mersey River)
Our accomomodation options
Quamby Estate Homestead, Quamby (20 minutes west of Launceston)
Quamby Estate www.quambyestate.com.au, 20 minutes west of Launceston is the lodge-style accommodation base for RiverFly Tasmania and its guests. Quamby Estate is part of Anthology, an eco-tourism travel company who also owns and operates the world famous Cradle Mountain Huts and Bay of Fires Walks.
Completed in the 1830’s, this magnificent homestead is a rare example of Anglo-Indian architecture. On arrival, the treelined driveway and extensive sweeping grounds (which also include a nine-hole golf course) are reminiscent of an English parkland setting. The homestead’s spacious reception rooms have soaring ceilings with the original decorative cornices and marble fireplaces. Grand French doors open onto a wide flag-stoned verandah with turned timber columns and decorative balustrades. Timber shutters line the windows from inside, originally intended to provide protection from bushrangers. Two rose garden courtyards and a tennis court adjoin the homestead.
Guest rooms have been impeccably restored in keeping with the home’s original features without compromising today’s luxuries. Modern bathrooms, luxury bedding and flat screen televisions are just a few of the new additions. The homestead also has a magnificent billiard room, drawing room and dining room. The modern kitchen is located at the rear of the building, and the 3-room cellar below was once the convict workers’ quarters.
TWOFORTWO self-contained apartments, Charles Street, Launceston
TWOFORTWO is our recommended Launceston base, situated on the cafe strip of this historic town. Featuring two apartments, one detached studio and a townhouse, TWOFORTWO accommodation offers modern, self-contained accommodation without the hotel feel. Each apartment has been renovated by the owners Katie and Alan Livermore; Alan is a well known furniture maker by trade, and his creations are featured throughout the accommodation. Just a few doors away are both Aromas cafe, and Tant Pour Tant cafe for breakfasts, whilst further down the road you can find some of Australia’s most regarded restaurants such as Stillwater. Bookings can be made through RiverFly as part of a guided fly fishing package.
Brambletye Lodge farm homestead, South Esk River
Historic Brambletye Lodge is a grand Tasmanian Homestead surrounded by a vista of rolling hills, and Tasmania’s longest river, the South Esk. Situated on a private and secluded farming property, 7km off Glen Esk road, it is the ideal location for a small group of fly fishers looking for self-catered farmhouse style accommodation on the South Esk River, our favourite dry fly stream. The homestead sleeps up to eight guests and suits those who want to sit back and relax, and cater to their own needs. The homestead has numerouse sitting rooms, a very well equiped kitchen and formal dining area, and an opulent billiard room. All of this is just 20 minutes drive from Campbell Town or historic Evandale, and 30 minutes from Launceston Airport. www.brambletyelodge.com.au