This route explores the majestic Tamar River from Launceston to Bass Strait as it meanders for nearly 60 kms through the heart of vineyard country past orchards, scenic pastures and forests. From here you'll travel east to Narawntapu National Park for panoramic views of Badger Head and Bass Strait.
If arriving by plane, the drive into Launceston will give you an insight into the Valley's focus on great produce, taking you close by famous vineyards, including Josef Chromy, Jingler's Creek and Sharman's North Esk Vineyard, plus Evandale Estate Olives and the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company.
If you're arriving by ship from Melbourne, you can join the route at Exeter by taking the Frankford Highway from Devonport.
If driving from the north-east, you can enter at George Town or at Rocherlea in Launceston.
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 and turn to Hillwood. Visit the Meander Valley Dairy and sample beautiful cheeses, cream and strawberries.
- Down the road is the Hillwood Berry Farm where you can pick your own, pick up some jam, quince, liqueur or wine just to name a few, as well as their beauty and relaxation products.
- Fruit can be bought from Millers Orchards on your Hillwood travels. Famous for their cherries, apricots, apples, peaches and more, your providore experience has just begun.
- Don't forget to sample premium wines at Native Point and Three Wishes Vineyard, the first two of over 30 vineyards available on the Tamar Valley Wine Route.
- Travel back to the East Tamar Highway for 15 minutes to the historic George Town. On the way into the town, stop at Mount George Lookout, an historic semaphore site, where you'll gain the best photo opportunity of the valley and surrounding districts.
- At the fringe of the town, visit the Information Centre where you can book tours and accommodation to suit your needs.
- Well known as being one of the first Australian settlements, George Town is home to the old gaol, model village and display of the Womens Factory at the Watch House.
- Visit the home of the Norfolk at the Bass and Flinders Centre and learn all the stories of this fabulous vessel.
- Cross the road to enjoy a great cuppa and all things special at Belle's Tea Rooms located near the famous Eddie Freeman carving at Windmill Point near Paterson's monument.
- And of course, if you're an art enthusiast, visit the many locations of the North East Arts Trail.
- Refreshed, drive the road to the most northern part of Tasmania at Low Head. Here you will relive the story of maritime history by visiting Australia's oldest continuously operated Pilot Station, Maritime Museum, Low Head Lighthouse and Low Head Fog Horn – still sounded every Sunday.
- Enjoy great Tasmanian scallop pies at the cafe whilst overlooking the beautiful waters at the pier.
- There are also beautiful beaches at Lagoon Bay and East Beach.
- Early dusk is a perfect time to experience an up-close and personal encounter with the Low Head Penguin Tours.
- Head back into George Town and dine at York Cove overlooking the Tamar.