Jacob Collings
Jacob Collings
Travel Tip

Eat. Stay. Play with Greg Clarke, event director of Junction Arts Festival

Celeste Maddocks
“The atmosphere at Junction is incredible. It’s a veritable feast of Tasmanian music, artists, dance, architecture, food and wine. It’s a true celebration of the beginning of spring in Tassie’s north.” – Greg Clarke

Greg Clarke is the Creative Director of Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival. He has over 25 years’ experience working in the arts and events industry as a festival director, chief executive, producer, performer and artist.

We caught up with Greg to get his top picks on where to eat, stay and play when you’re in town for the festival.


I love to start my day with a coffee from Amelia Espresso and one of their delicious muffins as I head off to work at the Junction office. For a special lunch with visitors, I take them to Bryher. They source the best ingredients from local producers, so you’re sure to get something truly unique.

One of my favourite bars is Saint John Craft Beer who not only have excellent beers but great pinots and some of the best burgers in town.

front of saint john bar launceston tasmania
Tourism Tasmania & Chris Crerar
Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston


I always stay at the Grand Chancellor. Nothing beats a big hotel room with a bath. Plus, it’s central to the Festival hub in Princes Square and opposite the Harvest Market.

A harvest market filled with shoppers and market stalls
Rob Burnett
Harvest Launceston


I make sure I check out the latest shows at Sawtooth or the Design Centre and love visiting the QVMAG. I enjoy walking, so of course nothing beats a walk up the Cataract Gorge, literally 10 minutes from the CBD.

Two people walking along a path at the Cataract Gorge, Launceston
Wai Nang Poon
Cataract Gorge

Junctions Arts Festival runs from 5-9 September 2018 and offers an intimate festival of ‘extraordinary experiences in unusual spaces’ exploring the unique architecture and public spaces that make up Launceston.


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