Tamar River

Follow the beautiful Tamar River from Launceston to Bass Strait and visit picturesque vineyards, orchards, diaries and more.

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Tamar River

Tamar River

Region and Getting There

The Tamar River is a bit misleading. It stretches from the city of Launceston to the Bass Strait in northern Tasmania, but it is not a river. It’s actually a saline and tidal estuary. That means the entire body of water is salty, and it rises and falls with the tide of the Bass Strait to the north.

This tidal estuary is incredibly important for the city of Launceston. Ships carry freight down the estuary to the town of Bell Bay near George Town which serves as Launceston’s port. This allows the inland to have access to the Bass Strait and beyond.

Length and Geography

This title estuary is 70 kilometres long. It is formed by the collision of the North and South Esk Rivers in the city of Launceston, which sits in the middle of the Tasmanian island. There is only one crossing for this body of water and you can find it in the rural town of Sidmouth. Batman Bridge connects the Batman Highway across the Tamar River using modern suspension architecture.

Tamar Valley Wines

The western banks of this tidal estuary are home to some of Tasmania’s most intriguing hamlets and towns. You’ll find an incredibly laid-back atmosphere as well as some of Australia’s best vineyards and wineries. The Tamar River is a centerpiece to one of Australia’s best cool climate wine regions, and the towns along its banks, driven by a wine economy, have accommodated tourists with cute and quaint hamlets worth a weekend visit.

History

If you perform an Internet search for the Tamar River, you’ll likely find it in the south of England. That’s because Colonel William Patterson named the Tamar River after his familiar hometown river in Britain in 1804.

Launceston’s importance as a port town has waned over the years, but the Tamar River played an important role in the inland Tasmanian city’s history. Launceston’s port no longer accepts large ships and the SeaCat Tasmania no longer makes George Town a destination. But smaller freight ships continue to come down this tidal estuary to George Town to fuel some of Launceston’s economy.

Attractions and Things to Do and See

Dalrymple Vineyards , Tasmania, AustraliaThe Tamar River Valley is worth exploring for its orchards, wineries and vineyards. The west Coast of this tidal estuary is dotted with some of Australia’s best cool climate wineries.

Follow the Tamar River until it hits the Bass Strait. At the western edge of the mouth, you’ll find the impressive Narawntapu National Park. Known as the Serengeti of Tasmania, this is one of the world’s best places to view wildlife in its natural habitat. The grasslands are full of marsupials at dusk including the Tasmanian devil, kangaroos, wallabies and wombats. Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Ilona Schneider

What to do

Tamar River

Let's do Lunch

Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery

Arrive in the beautiful grounds of Josef Chromy Wines. Enjoy a complementary tasting at our Cellar Door and then retire to the Restaurant for a two course lunch of fine Tasmanian produce matched with wines.

AU$105

1.5 Hour Lunch

AU$105

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Winery Tours

Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery

Explore the wine making process from grape to glass.

AU$50

1 Hour Tour

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Go Behind The Label

Launceston - Josef Chromy Wines

Go behind the label and explore the wine making process from grape to glass and finish with a two course lunch at one of Australia's Top Vineyard Restaurants.

AU$140

2 - 3 Hour Tour

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The art of sparkling

Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery

Go behind the scenes and tour the Josef Chromy winery and learn the how traditional method Sparkling wine is made and create a sparkling wine to your own flavour profile.

AU$235

2 - 3 Hour Tour

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Introduction to Fly Fishing

Josef Chromy Wines

Introduction to Fly Fishing @ Josef Chromy Wines Learn the art of fly casting, and gain an introduction to fly fishing with RiverFly Tasmania and Josef Chromy Winery.

AU$250

Introduction to Fly Fishing

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Cataract Gorge Introductory Rock Climbing and Abseiling

Launceston - Cataract Gorge

The perfect way to sample the exciting sport of Rock Climbing and Abseiling. No Prior experience required.

AU$175

Introductory Rock Climbing

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Low Head Penguin Tour

Launceston to Low Head Coastal Reserve

Low Head Penguin Tours offer a unique nature experience to get up close and personal with Little Blue Penguins as they return from the pristine waters of Bass Straight to nest in their burrows. This tour runs with a minimum of 2 people.

AU$80

3 - 5 hour evening tour

AU$80

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Launceston Festivale White Water Special

Launceston - Cataract Gorge

An exhilarating white water raft ride down the final slalom rapid of launceston's Cataract Gorge during the 2018 Hydro Water Release for Festivale.

AU$60

2 Hour Rafting Experience

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Where to Stay

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Aspect Tamar Valley Resort

Grindelwald - North

Set in Grindelwald, this family-friendly motel is within 15 km of Velo Winery, Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, and Stoney Rise Vineyard.

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Tamar River Apartments

Grindelwald - North

Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is within 10 km of Velo Winery, Stoney Rise Vineyard, and Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. Marion's Vineyard and Winter Brook Vineyard are also within 20 km.

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The River House Launceston Tamar Valley

Dilston - North

Situated on a river, this luxury guesthouse is within 15 km of Aurora Stadium, Launceston Tramway Museum, and 1842 Gallery.

Star rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Tamar River Villas

Riverside - Launceston

Situated in a shopping district, this apartment building is within 5 km of Royal Park, Cataract Gorge, and Queen Victoria Museum.

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Hendersons - Gravelly Beach, Tamar Valley

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Rosevears Hotel

Rosevears - North

Situated in Rosevears, this hotel is within 15 km of Velo Winery, Stoney Rise Vineyard, and Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. Marion's Vineyard and Winter Brook Vineyard are also within 20 km.

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Threetwentyseven - Gravelly Beach, Tamar Valley

Gravelly Beach - North

Situated in Gravelly Beach, this vacation home is close to Stoney Rise Vineyard. Area attractions also include Marion's Vineyard and Winter Brook Vineyard.

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Hazelcreek Cottages

Exeter - North

Situated on a lake, this cottage is within 15 km of Stoney Rise Vineyard, Winter Brook Vineyard, and Moores Hill. Marion's Vineyard and Velo Winery are also within 20 km.

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Riverside Hotel

Riverside - Launceston

This family-friendly Riverside motel is located by the sea, 2.3 km from Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, and within 10 km of Penny Royal Adventures and Brisbane Street Mall. Quadrant Mall and Royal Park are also within 10 km.

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Peppers Silo Hotel

Invermay - Launceston

Situated in Invermay, this hotel is close to Royal Park, Queen Victoria Museum, and 1842 Gallery. Also nearby are The Town Clock and Boags Brewery.

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Peppers Seaport Hotel

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The Sebel Launceston

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boags Brewery and Queen Victoria Museum. Aurora Stadium and Cataract Gorge are also within 3 km.

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