Location: Tamar Valley
Distance from: Hobart - 218 km, Launceston - 20 km, Devonport - 73 km
The mighty Tamar River that carves its way through the aptly named Tamar River Valley is not a river at all. It is actually a tidal estuary that rises and falls with the tides of the Bass Strait to the north. This impressive waterway is deep and wide enough to carry freight ships bound for the inland city of Launceston which serves as the southern boundary of the Tamar River region.
Bradys Lookout takes you high above this important waterway and gives you stunning views of rolling green hills covered in vineyards. Some of the world's best cool climate wines come from this verdant stretch of Tasmania. After having a picnic and perhaps enjoying a little bit of wine, snap a few pics for social media. And whenever anybody tells you Australia is supposed to be hot, dry and red, just show them the lush photos from Brady's Lookout in the Tamar River Valley.
On a clear day, you'll get impressive views all the way to the Ben Lomond plateau to the south and up to the Bass Strait in the north. You'll also get front row seats to a beautiful bend in the Tamar River beyond a vineyard below.
This lookout is easily found in the town of Rosevears on West Tamar Highway (A7) on the western banks of the river. Launceston is the nearest large city sitting just 20 kilometres to the south making the drive a quick 21 minutes. Devonport is only an hour to the west sitting just 79 kilometres away. Hobart is a bit of a trek. The drive from Tasmania's biggest city takes 2 hours and 43 minutes over 218 kilometres.
You'll find an informational display about Matthew Brady at the lookout. This infamous bushranger made this elevated patch of land his home while evading the government. He was incredibly popular with the ladies and news of his capture saddened the population of Tasmania. Gifts were thrown at him while he was locked away and the crowd reportedly cried when he was hung.
This incredibly popular lookout has every facility you can imagine. A large carpark, barbecues, toilets, access ramps and safe viewing platforms make this lookout perfect for the entire family. Make sure to grab a bottle of local wine for your picnic before heading to this scenic spot.