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Ninth Island Vineyard, Tamar Valley Ninth Island Vineyard, Tamar Valley

Tamar  Valley - Things to Do

Stretching  60 km north from Launceston to Bass Strait along either side of the Tamar River,  the Tamar Valley is one of Tasmania's prettiest regions. Both banks of the river  and the wider valley are packed with things to do and places to go. Spectacular  views abound and the roads are good, making it easy and enjoyable to tour  around.

To make  the most of it, drive north along one side of the river and return along the  other.

On the  way you'll find small pretty villages and plenty of viewing spots. On the western  shore the best is Brady's Lookout with beautiful expansive views of the river  and surrounding valley.  On the eastern  shore, stop at Mount George Lookout, an historic semaphore site and the best  photo opportunity of the valley and surrounding districts.

For more  adventure try leaving the highway and exploring some of the smaller roads to  get a feel for the local life and surrounding country. The rolling hills of the  valley and its rich agricultural land attracts growers and producers including  makers of artisanal cheeses, ciders, beers, truffles, walnuts, cherry delicacies  and more, all committed to their craft and easily reached on a day-drive.

For wine  lovers, there are some magnificent little wineries around the valley offering  superb views and wine tasting: many of the makers will greet you and happily spend  time talking about their craft.

There's  also lots to entertain the kids. At Beauty Point, children will love the unique  Seahorse World, the world's first commercial seahorse farm.

And on  the way you'll pass through Beaconsfield where the Beaconsfield gold mine made headlines  in 2006 when a rock fall trapped two miners underground for two weeks. The interactive  exhibit on the mine collapse at the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre is  amazing.

On the other  side of the river on the eastern shore is Hillwood Berry Farm where kids can  grab a bucket and pick their own berries when in season.

Closer to Launceston at the Grindelwald  Tamar Valley resort there are activities to keep families  entertained including mini golf, a bouncing cushion, pedal boats, paddle  kayaks, canoes, one and two-seat pedal cars, a full-size wooden pirate ship,  BBQ facilities, children’s playground and more.

For those  interested in Australian history, George Town is one of Australia's first settlements  and due to its location near Bass Strait has a rich maritime history. Take a  short drive further on to Low Head at the mouth of the Tamar and visit Australia's oldest  continuously operated Pilot Station. There's  also a Maritime Museum with a replica of Bass  and Flinders' sloop Norfolk  and the Low Head Lighthouse that's been operating since 1833.

With rich  farmlands, dedicated makers, good roads and light traffic, the Tamar Valley offers  some of Tasmania's most enjoyable attractions.

Itinerary

For more  things to see and do, take a look at our Tamar Valley itinerary.