By Tourism Tasmania

October 2020

Tasmania’s friendly northern city of Launceston is preparing for next year’s Special Olympic Junior Games and, in 2022, the Australian Special Olympics National Games. We can’t wait to welcome you.

Whether you’re here to compete or support, a journey to Tasmania is a chance to disconnect from the stresses of life and reconnect with the things that matter. Geographic isolation has contributed to unique landscapes and wildlife, and it’s also fostered a rare community of down-to-earth, resourceful people with time to make you feel welcome. One of the joys of travelling here is not just the chance to taste produce straight from the farm and ocean, but the ease of meeting the makers at cellar doors, local markets and tasting trails.

This is an island for adventure, however you define it, whether hiking or mountain biking, fly fishing or self-drive touring. And join a packed schedule of events and festivals that celebrate all four seasons and all the good things in life.


Find out more

Consult the wheelie good guide for accessible venues in Tasmania



Combining the transformative power of sport and a holistic approach to athlete well-being enables Special Olympics Australia to support a better life for people with an intellectual disability.

Special Olympics Australia strives to ensure that everyone living with an intellectual disability can participate in sport. Our dedicated network of volunteers creates accessible sports training, coaching and competition opportunities that allow people with an intellectual disability to reach their personal best – in sport and in life.

We provide:

  • Weekly grassroots sporting, recreational, social and health activities in local communities around Australia.
  • An environment where people with an intellectual disability can develop physical fitness, build self-esteem, demonstrate courage, and make friends.
  • Competition pathways ranging from weekly club events, to regional, state, and national games, culminating in the Special Olympics World Games.