North East Trail
Discover the natural beauty and pioneering spirit of Tasmania's North East. Vineyards and rich farming areas contrast with forests and stretches of beautiful unspoilt beaches.
Duration: 2 - 3 Days
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Launceston – Bridport
- Depart Launceston
- Drive 20 minutes to the farming hamlet of Lilydale with its distinctive painted electricity poles that line the town's streets.
- Those with a need for adrenalin, pop into Hollybank, five minutes before Lilydale, for a treetops adventure or Segway experience.
- Past Lilydale, the distinctive yellow and blue 'grape' signs point the way to the vineyards of the Pipers River Region and the Tamar Valley Wine Route.
- Drive 20 minutes off the Trail along Pipers Brook Road and sample the still and sparkling wines of Pipers Brook Vineyard and visit the Jansz Wine Room and Interpretative Centre.
- Back on the Trail, visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm, the largest commercial lavender farm in the southern hemisphere for coffee or lunch in Bridestowe's café, then take a tour (December and January) to see how lavender is harvested and processed for its fragrant oils.
- Drive a further 15 minutes to Scottsdale and discover the secrets of the region's forest heritage at the contemporary Forest Eco Centre. The Centre also houses the Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre where you can book accommodation and tours and find out all there is to see and do along the Trail.
- Drive 20 minutes north of Scottsdale to the coastal village of Bridport – a picturesque town and a favourite for salt water fishing. Equipment can be hired in town.
- East of Bridport is Barnbougle Dunes golf links a challenging 18-hole championship course and Australia's No 1 public course. Barnbougle Dunes also has a club house with dining and bar facilities and accommodation.
- Next door at The Lost Farm is an alternate 20-hole golf course option that complements Barnbougle and has luxury accommodation, restaurant and spa sanctuary.