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Tasmanian touring ideas – Launceston, the Tamar Valley and surrounds

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Josef Chromy vineyard, northern Tasmania

Josef Chromy vineyard, northern Tasmania

Barnbougle Dunes
Tamar River view across to Stillwater Restaurant
Ninth Island Vineyard - Tourism Tasmania and Michael Walters
Cataract Gorge - Tourism Tasmania and Owen Hughes

 

Launceston is at the heart of the Tamar Valley, a region renowned for world-class cool climate wines. The city itself is graced with many Victorian buildings and a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene that showcases the best of the Tasmania's produce.

Add in the the natural beauty of the Cataract Gorge, the country's largest regional museum, history and heritage just a short drive away and you'll soon find much to entertain and absorb you.

This itinerary from Tourism Tasmania gives you some idea of just how much there is to explore in Tasmania's northern city:

 

Day 1: Launceston

  • Visit Josef Chromy just 15 minutes south of the city at Relbia, sample award-winning wines and enjoy a leisurely vineyard lunch.
  •  Wander through Australia's largest regional Museum, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery over two distinctly different sites.
  • Dine at Stillwater – one of Tasmania’s most acclaimed restaurants.
  • Overnight: Launceston

TIP: Hotel Charles is offering VisitVineyards.com subscribers a special accommodation package and a welcome gift »

 

Day 2: Launceston to Carrick, the scenic way

  • Step back in time with a visit to the historic village of Evandale and enjoy morning tea at the bakery.
  • Explore Longford and visit World Heritage Listed Woolmers Estate with its National Rose Garden - Australia's finest example of a pioneer farm of the early 1800s. (Also offers accommodation in original settler cottages)
  • Take a short walk to the beautiful Liffey Falls – nestled in temperate rainforest.
  • Overnight: Hagley or Carrick.

 

Day 3: Hagley and the West Tamar

 

Day 4: Follow the East Tamar

  • For some maritime history, visit the Low Head Maritime Museum, the oldest group of maritime buildings in Australia.
  • Play a round of golf at Barnbougle Dunes – Australia's number one public golf course with its breathtaking views of Bass Strait, dramatic scenery and challenging 18-hole championship course.
  • Be pampered with a world-class luxury spa treatment at Lost Farm and then sample bubbles at the cellar doors in Pipers Brook  – Jansz, Bay of Fires and more – second only to Champagne itself.
  • Experience zip-lining and fly through the canopy with Hollybank Treetop Adventures. (Perhaps do this one before the bubbles!)
  • Overnight Launceston.

 

Day 5: Launceston

  • Visit Launceston City Park and visit the Design Centre Tasmania, home of the Tasmanian Wood Design Collection or take a cruise along the Tamar River.
  • Take the chairlift over the magnificent  Cataract Gorge – a unique, natural wonder in the heart of Launceston – and enjoy afternoon tea with the peacocks.
  • Overnight: Launceston.

 

Day 6: Launceston

  • Take a walk along Seaport on the Tamar River and enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes or walk across Royal Park to the The Mill - Providore, Gifts & Gallery and pick up some gourmet goodies.
  • Take a Beer Lovers tour of the J. Boag & Son Brewery – a landmark of the city since 1881 – and sample the lagers on offer, arguably Launceston’s most famous exports.
  • Go Italian for dinner at Novarro's  – or, if you fancy a steak, the Black Cow Bistro.
  • Overnight: Launceston

 

Day 7: Launceston and depart

  • Enjoy breakfast in one of the many cafés then head to the airport via the Tasmania Gourmet Sauce Company at Evandale to pick up some take-home gourmet delights.
  • Depart Launceston Airport.

 Itinerary provided by Tourism Tasmania. www.discovertasmania.com

 

Touring other regions?

Check out these sample itineraries for inspiration:

North West »

East Coast »

East Coast Wineries »

Huon Valley »

Hobart and surrounds »

 

Need somewhere to stay?

Tempting accommodation offers from around the state »

 

Regions

  • Launceston (TAS)
  • Tamar Valley (TAS)

March 14th, 2013
 
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