TAMAR VALLEY

A “taste” sensation for all the senses!

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Josef Chromy Tasmania - producing exquisite wines from premium cool climate fruit.
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Josef Chromy Tasmania
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Sean Fennessy

Josef Chromy Tasmania
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Ilona Schneider

Tamar Valley - pick your own variety of fruits fresh straight from the trees

Low Head Pilot Station and environs
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Chris Crerar

The Tamar Valley is renowned for it’s enormous variety of local cider, juice and a wide variety of unique apples with many old trees in the valley heavy with fruit every Autumn.

TAMAR VALLEY

Tasmania’s Tamar Valley is found in the northern part of the state and centres around the approximately 65 km-long Tamar River that runs from Launceston to Bass Strait. This self-drive journey is easily done in as little as 1 to 3 days depending on what tickles your fancy and how much time you have at your leisure. Exploring both the eastern and western banks is a must if you have the time, venturing off the highway onto the twists and turns of smaller, lightly trafficked roads passing through vineyards, orchards, lavender fields, dairy farms, forests, national parks and quaint townships (to name just a few!).

What's Here

Both banks of the river and the wider valley showcase a myriad of things to do, places to go and plenty of viewing spots along the way. Visitors can choose from enjoying all manner of fresh produce, immersing themselves in some of Australia’s colonial, gold mining and maritime history, as well as art appreciation trails, and the extensive range of nature trails providing choices for all ages and ability to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Food & Wine

 

Wobbly Boot Vineyard, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Tamar Valley has been named one of the world’s top 10 wine routes. With a staggering (pun intended) 32 wineries in this small region, boasting premium, boutique wines, it’s no wonder. Now, back to that pun, simply appreciate or indulge–it’s up to you. Of course, if you do want to indulge, you don’t want to be “des”–aussie slang for the designated driver–so hire a local driver and tour around with them. The region has an extensive range of both white and red wine varieties made by largely family-owned establishments, where the owners will happily sit and chat about their craft. Watch their eyes light up with fervour– and no, not just because they’ve shared a glass or two with you! If you fall in love, even countless times, and want to take them home (the wines that is), make your purchases along the way and the last winery that you visit will pack and send your wines home for you. How’s that for service?

Never fear, there is far more than wine, with something to match everyone’s liking. Organic ciders, beers (think James Boag), artisan cheeses, delectable strawberries (you can even pick your own), cherries, apricots, peaches, jams, truffles, walnuts, and coffee all make the Tamar Valley a provedore’s dream! Each café and restaurant sources from gardens/pastures close by, and share their passion and processes readily. Image thanks to: Mitch Osborne

Adventure & Wilderness

 

Sterling Valley Track, Tasmania, Australia

A good balance for the above is recreation, of which there is also an abundant supply in this region. Hiking options range from short walks to various lookouts, to longer treks like The Coastal Traverse (you will need to pack camping gear and more of the delicious goodies that you have been sampling thus far for this one), and everything in between. Gravelly beaches, a 5 km stretch of sandy beach and stunning views, sea cliffs to spot sea life, a nudist beach if you dare, cycle tracks and mountain bike hire, wetlands center and boardwalk, rainforest walk, a gorge walk for more experienced hikers, golf, tennis, kayaking, river cruises, parks, events…you get the idea! There are all manner of ways to experience this incredibly beautiful landscape, to suit your time constraints and preference.

As you will soon experience firsthand in this small, albeit comprehensive region, the tales are plentiful. One worthy of mention for a taste of the Valley is Brady’s Lookout. Not only does this stop provide a postcard-worthy photograph opportunity of the surrounding views, but it also gives you some insight into Matthew Brady, a notorious 19th-century bushranger. He was known as “Gentleman Brady” due to the polite, well-mannered way in which he behaved whilst robbing his victims. One account even goes so far as to refer to him as quite the Casanova, as he would rarely rob or insult the women who crossed his path. Image thanks to: Flow Mountain Bike.

History & Culture

History buffs rejoice–the Tamar Valley certainly doesn’t disappoint in this regard either. The area’s earliest history is evidenced with geological and archaeological treasures of Australia’s traditional owners. Middens, artefacts, ochre sources and caves are just some examples. The indigenous culture and beliefs are both simple and complex in nature, with thousands of years old knowledge having been passed down through the ancestors. Learning even just a little about their ways is an incredible eye-opener, and will help even the inexperienced visitor view the world and our existence from a very different perspective.

George Town, Tasmania, AustraliaIf you would prefer the more modern history of Australia’s settlement, make your way to George Town and Low Head. George Bass and Matthew Flinders set out from Sydney to Van Diemen’s Land (as Tasmania was known then) in 1798 believing the land was separated from the mainland by a strait. Visit their sloop “Norfolk”–a replica of course, as even the sea-worthiest of vessels have a limited life span–and learn about their adventures during the circumnavigation of the island. George Town is well known as one of Australia’s first settlements and is also an important aspect of maritime history, complete with a lighthouse and foghorn operating since 1933 (stand by for the blasts every Sunday!). An old gaol and a model village demonstrate colonial times and give visitors a good feel for ‘ye times of olde’. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Chris Crerar

Another facet of this region’s background is built around the discovery of gold in 1877. The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre recalls the boom days as well as the events of the 2006 mining disaster. Headlines were made when a rock fall trapped two miners underground for two weeks! There is an interactive exhibit on the mine collapse, how these men survived and the rescue operation undertaken to return them safely to their families and the community.

Family & Fun

If you are travelling as a family, there is a wide range of additional activities to keep the your mini-mes entertained. B-b-bounce on the world’s largest jumping pillow, pedal go-karts and race your mates, play mini-golf, visit Seahorse World, the Platypus House, go on a penguin tour and navigate your way through a bush maze and other outdoor puzzles. Speaking of navigation, you can also pedal boats, paddle canoes and explore a full-size wooden pirate ship. Again, the choice is yours: be as busy or as relaxed as you and your family so wish.

Accommodation

Three Capes Track - Munro Cabin, Tasmania, AustraliaIt’s easy to find hotels of the three-star and up range in Tamar Valley. Chalets and villas are available for those who would like a more romantic spin and splurge. Bed and breakfasts offer a more personalized experience with welcoming locals. Campsites and caravan parks are also available for those who have their rolling homes. Self-contained cabins and cottages have been built for families and those looking for a more economical approach. Eco-friendly, pet-friendly and downright luxurious…the options and range of prices abound.

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to Launceston and start your journey as soon as possible. With the construction of the Batman Bridge in 1968 enabling a mid-way crossing of the river, and so much more accessibility, you really don’t have any excuse, as even time is on your side! Image thanks to: Jesse Desjardins.

Map of Tamar Valley

Hedera on Frankland – Newly Renovated 3 Bedroom Home in Central Launceston
Launceston - North
Welman Street Cottage
Launceston - North
Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston
Launceston - North
BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park
West Launceston - North
Comfort Inn Coach House Launceston
Launceston - North
Forest Road 92A
Trevallyn - Launceston
Forest Road 92C
Trevallyn - Launceston
Auldington
Launceston - North
Elphin Motel & Serviced Apartments
Launceston - North
Box Cottage Apartment
Evandale - North
The Wellington Bed & Breakfast
Longford - Launceston
Blakes Manor
Deloraine - North
Trevallyn House
Riverside - Launceston
Launceston Apartments & Cottages
Launceston - North
Clarion Hotel City Park Grand
Launceston - North
Best Western Plus Launceston
Launceston - North
Country Club Tasmania
Prospect Vale - Launceston
Commodore Regent
Launceston - North
Balmoral On York
Launceston - North
West Launceston Townhouse
Launceston - North
Bowerbank Mill B&B
Deloraine - North
In the Center of Grindelwald With Air Conditioning, Washing Machine
Grindelwald - Launceston
The Mews Motel
Launceston - North
Wines for Joanie Cottage
Sidmouth - North
Tamar River Apartments
Grindelwald - North
Punchbowl Executive Apartments
Punchbowl - North
The Racecourse Inn
Longford - North
The Dragonfly Inn
West Launceston - North
Areca Boutique Hotel
Riverside Serenity Launceston
Launceston - North
Mercure Launceston
Launceston - North
Olde Tudor Hotel
Prospect - North
Edenholme Grange
West Launceston - North
White Dove Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Longford - North
Launceston Backpackers – Hostel
Launceston - North
Hazelcreek Cottages
Exeter - North
Arcoona Manor
Deloraine - North
Windarra on High
East Launceston - North
Turret House
Trevallyn - North
The Sebel Launceston
Launceston - North
The Centennial Hotel
Launceston - North
Ardmore Apartment – 12 Minutes Walk to the City Centre
East Launceston - North
Mantra Charles Hotel
Launceston - North
Deloraine Hotel
Deloraine - North
Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
Launceston - North
Alice’s Cottages and Spa Hideaways
Launceston - North
Relbia Lodge
Relbia - Launceston
The Abel Tasman
Youngtown - Launceston
Quest Launceston Serviced Apartments
Launceston - North
Brickendon
Longford - North
96 on Arthur Apartments
East Launceston - North
Hideaway on George
Launceston - North
Adina Place Motel Apartments
Launceston - North
49 m From the Center of Launceston With Air Conditioning, Washing Machine
Launceston - North
Batman Fawkner Inn
Terrace on Walbourne
Launceston - North
Launceston Waterfront Apartments
Launceston - North
Entally Estate
Hadspen - Launceston
Arendon Cottage
Evandale - North
Launceston City Park Apartments
Launceston - North
Armalong Winery Chalets
Grindelwald - North
Terrace on York
Launceston - North
Discovery Parks – Hadspen
Hadspen - Launceston
Glebe Cottage – Garden Loft Close to the CBD
Launceston - North
Art Hotel on York
Launceston - North
Country Club Villas
Prospect Vale - Launceston
Windermere Cabins
Windermere - North
Mowbray Hotel
Mowbray - Launceston
Aspect Tamar Valley Resort
Grindelwald - North
Star Bar Cafe and Hotel
Launceston - North
Peppers Seaport Hotel
Low Head Tourist Park – Caravan Park
Low Head - North
Apartments at York Mansions
Launceston - North
Hi George Bed & Breakfast
Launceston - North
The TRC Hotel
Launceston - North
Twofourtwo Boutique Apartments
Launceston - North
SJ Hostel
Legana - Launceston
Hillview House
Launceston - North
Ashton Gate Guest House
Launceston - North
Esk Apartment – Launceston
Launceston - North
Tamar River Villas
Riverside - Launceston
Haven House Launceston
Launceston - North
Red Rooster Host Farm
Wyena - North
CBD Apartments Launceston
Launceston - North
Highbury Apartments
Launceston - North
Aberdeen Court Motel
Punchbowl - North
Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments
Launceston - North
Hawthorn Villa Stables
Carrick - North
41 on York
Launceston - North
Parklane Motel
Launceston - North
Waratah on York
Launceston - North
Sporties Hotel
Launceston - North
Village Family Motor Inn
South Launceston - North
Kurrajong House Launceston
East Launceston - North
Threetwentyseven – Gravelly Beach, Tamar Valley
Gravelly Beach - North
Mountain View Country Inn
Deloraine - North
Riverside Hotel
Riverside - Launceston
Pastimes Riverfront Apartments
Rosevears - North
Number 10
Launceston - North
Cherry Top Accommodation – Cherry Top
Lilydale - North
Topiary Haven
West Launceston - North
Panorama Estate
Legana - North
Peppers Silo Hotel
Invermay - Launceston
Fitzpatrick’s Inn
Westbury - North
Westbury Gingerbread Cottages
Westbury - North
West Launceston 3BR Townhouse
West Launceston - North
The River House Launceston Tamar Valley
Dilston - North
Ashcroft Apartments
Launceston - North
Hotel Launceston
Launceston - North
Rosevears Hotel
Rosevears - North
Glenayr Apartments
Waverley - Launceston
Kilmarnock House
Launceston - North
Hatherley Birrell Collection
Launceston - North
Arthouse Hostel
Ivermay - Launceston
Terrace on George
Launceston - North
Woolmers Estate
Longford - North
Launceston Holiday Park Legana
Legana - North
Low Head Penguin Tour
Launceston to Low Head Coastal Reserve
Walls of Jerusalem Circuit
Launceston - Walls of Jerusalem National Park
The Overland Track
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Forest
The Walls of Jerusalem Experience
Launceston - Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Ben Lomond Descent
Ben Lomond National Park
Cataract Gorge Introductory Rock Climbing and Abseiling
Launceston - Cataract Gorge
wukalina Walk
3 Day – South East Tasmania – Freycinet and Tasman Peninsula
2 Day – Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair camp fire tour
Freycinet and Wineglass Bay – 4 day walking holiday
Launceston - Freycinet National Park
Tasmania’s East Coast Highlights 8-Day Walking Tour
Launceston - Hobart
3 Day – North East Tasmania – Bay of Fires and Freycinet Peninsula
Franklin River Rafting 9-day Expedition
Launceston - Franklin River
Franklin River Rafting & Frenchman’s Cap 11-day Expedition
Launceston - Franklin River
Food and Wine Day Tour
Launceston
Let’s do Lunch
Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery
Winery Tours
Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery
THE ART OF SPARKLING
Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery
Introduction to Fly Fishing
Josef Chromy Wines
Go Behind The Label
Launceston - Josef Chromy Wines
LAUNCESTON FESTIVALE WHITE WATER SPECIAL
Launceston - Cataract Gorge
Rugged Indulgence – EPIC Tasmanian Adventures
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston
7 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston - East Coast
5 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer Westküste
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
7 Day Tasmanias Wilderness small group tour
Launceston - East Coast
5 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer Ostküste
Launceston - Hobart
Tantalising Tasmania
Hobart to Launceston

What to do

TAMAR VALLEY

THE ART OF SPARKLING

Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery

“Tasmania confidently holds its place as Australia’s sparkling capital” and “arguably the greatest region for sparkling wine anywhere in the world out­side of Champagne itself”. Tyson Stelzer International Wine Communicator Of The Year 2015.

The art of making sparkling is explained (and tasted along the way) from base wine to corking and wiring. The tour commences at the Cellar Door and takes in the history of the vineyard and the Tasmanian Wine Industry.

Guests will be taken through the sparkling wine making and disgorging process, then work with the winemaking team in the laboratory to choose and add the liquour, the final step in sparkling wine making. Each participant will produce a bottle of sparkling to their own taste to enjoy on the day and may order sparkling wine at their own dosage rate to be sent following their visit. Guests conclude with a 2 course lunch matched with wine and a complementary tasting.

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2 - 3 Hour Tour

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Winery Tours

Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery

Explore the wine making process from grape to glass.

AU$25

1 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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Introduction to Fly Fishing

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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

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Dove Canyon

Dove Canyon

Wilderness + adrenalin + adventure = the Dove Canyon. This trip involves a thrilling combination of jumps, slides and abseils buried in a 50 metre deep quartzite canyon.

AU$195

1 Day Adventure

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1 Day Adventure

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Cradle Mountain Day tour

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Explore Mother Nature at its very finest at spectacular world heritage listed Cradle Mountain. Finish the day sampling local award winning produce and wines.

AU$150

1 Day Tour

AU$150

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Where to Stay

TAMAR VALLEY

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. Penny Royal Adventures and Brisbane Street Mall are also within 20 km.
A full-service spa, a golf course, and a restaurant are available at this smoke-free motel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge.
All 97 rooms offer LED TVs with DVD players, plus hair dryers and ironing boards. Room service, coffee makers, and free toiletries are among the other amenities available to guests.

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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.

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