3 DAY LAUNCESTON AND TAMAR VALLEY TRiP
Segway through the forest or zipline through a forest canopy, sip wine on beanbags and devour paddock-to-plate goodness at local vineyards and, if you can muster the courage, take a ghost tour. And yes, the local produce is out of this world.
Launceston and the East Tamar
Today Hollybank Treetops Adventures will have you Segwaying through the forest or ziplining above the forest canopy. First drop into Lilydale Larder and pick out some picnic supplies to lunch on in Hollybank forest after your adventure.
On your way back to Launceston slump into a beanbag at Josef Chromy Wines. It’s the perfect place to sip wine and look out over a 60-hectare vineyard. Stay for dinner to dine on cuisine made with local produce. Return to Launceston to check into your accommodation for the next two nights.
Launnie (as the locals call it), has a dark past, full of convicts, murder and all sorts of gruesome goings-on. The Launceston City Ghost Tour tells only true stories – there’s no need for your guide to make anything up.
Launceston and the West Tamar
Today’s the day to wine, dine and explore one of Tassie’s greatest touring regions: the West Tamar. With more than 30 cellar doors spread over 170 kilometres, most places offer tasty meals to help soak up the alcohol.
Wines for Joanie is your first stop. Share a glass of boutique wine and a few stories with farmers turned winemakers, Prue and Andrew. Meet their animals or simply take in the rural views, breathe that fresh Tassie air and unwind.
Continue on until you reach Beaconsfield. Once famous for fortune during the gold rush, now it’s better known for its famous mine disaster. Find out about the 950-metre-deep rock fall that trapped two men for two weeks at the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.
Return to Launceston. Tonight dinner is a casual affair at Saint John Craft Beer Bar. Pick from local and international craft brews and tuck into food from the food van out the back. Or, try Black Cow’s Tasmanian dry-aged steak. Free range and grass-fed, it’s guaranteed to hit the spot paired with a glass of red.
For breakfast head to Charles Street where eateries are within a stone’s throw of each other; Café Mondello, Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant, Aromas Fine Food café, Elaia Café and Restaurant. Take your pick.
Head to the Design Centre Tasmania, a contemporary design space that showcases Tasmanian craftspeople and their work. Book a tour of Boag’s Brewery and find out why Tasmanian northerners are so loyal to their beer. A tour includes tastes of brews not available on mainland Australia, such as Wizard Smith’s Ale.
Go industrial for lunch, surrounding yourself with the works of emerging artists at Blue Café Bar. The coffee is great and the wood fired pizzas are a railyard treat in this former tram pay station. In the afternoon, explore the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG)
Complete your Launceston experience at Cataract Gorge, Launceston’s urban slice of wilderness. Ride the world’s longest single-span chairlift or pull up a patch of grass near the resident peacocks. After covering plenty of ground, rest easy before your flight.
3 Day Launceston and Tamar Valley Trip
Availability of experiences in this itinerary may be subject to opening times, seasonal operation or booking requirements, please call ahead to plan each day.
Photo Credit: Chris Crerar