This drive explores the majestic Tamar River from Launceston to Bass Strait as it meanders for nearly 60 km through the heart of vineyard country past orchards, scenic pastures and forests. From here you'll drive east to Narawntapu National Park for panoramic views of Badger Head and Bass Strait.
Duration: 1-3 days
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Launceston - George Town
- Depart Launceston and take a 15-minute scenic drive through the beautiful Tamar Valley to Hillwood and the Hillwood Berry Farm where you can pick your own berries, pick up some jam, quince, liqueur or wine or some of their beauty and relaxation products.
- Sample premium wines at Native Point and Three Wishes Vineyard, the first two of over 30 vineyards available on the Tamar Valley Wine Route.
- Back on the East Tamar Highway drive for 15 minutes to historic George Town.
- On the way into town, stop at Mount George Lookout, an historic semaphore site and the best photo opportunity of the valley and surrounding districts.
- George Town is one of the first Australian settlements and has a rich maritime history. Explore the town's history at the Old Watch House Museum, the former local lockup that's now an information centre and craft shop.
- Visit the home of the replica sloop 'Norfolk' at the Bass and Flinders Centre and discover the stories of this fabulous vessel.
- Enjoy all things special at Belle's Tea Rooms near the famous Eddie Freeman carving at Windmill Point.
- Visit the many locations of the North East Arts Trail.
- Drive on to Low Head, the most northern part of Tasmania and visit Australia's oldest continuously operated Pilot Station, Maritime Museum, Low Head Lighthouse and Low Head Fog Horn – still sounded every Sunday at noon and heard over 30 km away.
- There are also beautiful beaches at Lagoon Bay and East Beach.
- Watch the world's smallest penguins waddle in from the sea each night at nearby Low Head Coastal Reserve.
- Drive back into George Town and dine at York Cove, overlooking the Tamar.