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Launceston City & Tamar Valley

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Explore Launceston’s Food, Wine, Culture, and Nature

Launceston is Tasmania’s second-largest city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture, and nature. The whole region is packed with city and country charm, gorgeous old towns, excellent food and wine, and beautiful scenic highlights like the Cataract Gorge just minutes from the city centre.

Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant Colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. Just a short walk from the city centre, Cataract Gorge is a slice of wilderness right in the heart of town and Launceston’s star natural attraction.

The seductive Tamar River meanders for around 70 kilometres through the fertile Tamar Valley with vineyards, orchards, pastures, and forests from the boutique-chic regional city of Launceston, and then north to the turquoise sea of Bass Strait.

Fall in love with the Tamar Valley’s easy charm and quaint accommodation. From sweeping views of rolling hills to the crisp white sands of the Bass Strait, the Tamar Valley is a voyage of modern indulgence and discovery of glorious history.

The Tamar River is actually an estuary and both saline and tidal for its entire length with a tide variation of +2, -2.6 metres. The Tamar River was discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1798 and was explored by William Collins and William Paterson in 1804. Apart from George Town, established by Governor Macquarie in 1811, settlement in the Tamar Valley was restricted to scattered farms, logging camps, and small hamlets, with small-scale shipyards, until the discovery of gold at Beaconsfield in 1877.

Later in the nineteenth century, apple orchards developed, with a wharf at Beauty Point for exporting the fruit. The orchards were replaced in the late twentieth century by vineyards and housing subdivisions with the spread of suburban Launceston. Following the opening of an aluminium factory in 1955, Bell Bay became a major industrial area and the main port for northern Tasmania. In 1968, the east and west Tamar were connected by the Batman Bridge.

Itinerary

  • Pick-up from Launceston CBD at 09:00
  • Drop-off in Launceston CBD at around 17:00
  1. Launceston: Take a tour around Tasmania’s second-largest city, learn about the early history, and view the stunning architecture and open green spaces.
  2. Grindelwald: Explore the village square and learn about the Dutchman’s dream of creating a Swiss-style village.
  3. Beaconsfield: Investigate the gold mine that was established in the 1870s and the site of the underground mine rescue back in 2006.
  4. Beauty Point: Stop for lunch after visiting Sea Horse World OR Platypus House and learning all about the growth and development of the animals and their habitats.
  5. Batman Bridge: Stop at the bottom of the bridge, learn about the cable stay construction technique, and watch the whirlpools as the water flows through this narrow river neck.
  6. Hillwood Berry Farm: Hungry? It’s your chance to stop and pick seasonal fruit and taste some fine berry juices and vinegars.
  7. Cataract Gorge: is a river gorge in Launceston, Tasmania, approximately 1.5 km from the city centre and where the South Esk River flows into the Tamar estuary. It is one of the region’s premier tourist attractions and accessible to all ages.

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