Things to Look for in Tamar Valley
Day Drive from Launceston
Driving away from Launceston on the west side of the Valley, taking in the Tamar River Conservation Area, the Artisan Gallery and Wine Centre, boutique wineries, Beaconsfield, Beauty Point and Low Head will take about half your day. Cross the Batman Bridge to the east side and it is the wine, fruit farms and the Lavender Farm on the return to Launceston.
Tamar River Conservation Area
This popular birdwatching and nature reserve stretches from the northern suburbs of Launceston to the Batman Bridge on the west side of the Tamar Valley. It includes the Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve.
Artisan Gallery and Wine Centre
The centre is located on the east bank of the Tamar Valley, about 25 minutes drive from Launceston. Even if you are not interested in the wine side of things, it is well worth a visit for its range of top quality Australian craftware, jewelry and fine art. If you are interested in the boutique wineries of the Tamar Valley, then it also has a great selection of hard to find wines.
Platypus House and Seahorse World
At Beauty Point, near the mouth of the Tamar, can be found Seahorse World and the Platypus House. Both are fascinating exhibits of interesting species. The Platypus House, in particular is of great interest. Allow at least two hours if you wish to take in both attractions in any depth.
Hillwood Berry Farm
Exit the A8 East Tamar Highway towards the river onto Hillwood Drive. From the west side of the Tamar, cross the Batman Bridge and head back towards Launceston.
If traveling from Launceston on the east bank of the Tamar, it will be on the left about 20 minutes out of Launceston. Pick your own raspberries, blackberries and strawberries in season.
Tamar Valley Wine Route
Tamar Valley Wine Route was voted one of the “Top 10 Wine Routes of the World” by Essential Travel Magazine. The Wine Route follows about 170 kilometres (105 miles) and visits more than thirty cellar doors – wineries both large and small. Follow the Yellow Wine Route Sign up the east side of the Valley, across the Batman Bridge and back to Launceston via the east bank.
Hotels in Tamar Valley
To stay among the vines, near Launceston and looking out over the Tamar valley, Rosevears Vineyard Retreat is hard to beat. At George Town, near the mouth of the Tamar on the East side, Peppers York Cove is right on the water and gives great access to the vineyards and attractions of the Pipers Brook wine area. Otherwise, you’ll have an array of options from modern hotels to farmstays – take your pick!