Launceston and Tamar Valley
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Whether it’s a vibrant farmer’s market, a fun-filled family festival in the heart of Launceston, or a lazy day spent touring cellar doors, the Tamar Valley is a delight. Add it to your self-drive road trip itinerary and see for yourself!
The arts scene in Launceston has exploded in recent years, with the (in)famous MONA FOMA festival travelling north from Hobart to spread their eclectic, thought-provoking perspectives on life. Festivale is family-friendly and Effervescence Tasmania is a sparkling wine extravaganza – it’s easy to see why Launceston is one of Australia’s most exciting small-cities.
From buzzing Launceston in the south to laid-back Low Head in the north, keep reading to find out more about Launceston and the Tamar Valley, and plan your Tasmanian road trip itinerary!
Have you ever contemplated a Tasmanian tree-change? Andrew and Prue from Wines for Joanie did just that, packing their bags and making the move from Queensland to start their own tiny winery. One sip is all it takes to realise they made the right decision!
Moore’s Hill make a smashing riesling and are at the forefront of sustainable wine making in Tasmania, while further up the valley you’ll find Pinot ‘d’ Pig – unofficial GM at Holm Oak Winery when he isn’t consuming apples by the bucket load! A tasting flight in their sun-dappled tasting room is the best way to experience some of Tassie’s finest pinots.
Tamar Valley Resort is home to the biggest jumping pillow in the world!
Tasmania’s most notorious bushranger, Matthew ‘Gentleman’ Brady, was so popular that even behind bars he received flowers from his female admirers 😗💐
If you’ve got a few minutes, drop by Brady’s Lookout near Rosevears for excellent views of the valley.
Cataract Gorge is home to the world’s longest single-span chairlift!
Read More: Detailed Guide to Driving Times in Tasmania
Devonport ⇌ Launceston: 100km / 1hr 10 mins (1hr 30mins for campervans)
Launceston ⇌ Beauty Point: 50km / 45 mins (1hr for campervans)
Beauty Point ⇌ Low Head: 45km / 40 mins (45 mins for campervans)
Low Head ⇌ Bridport: 60km / 45 mins (60mins for campervans)
Petrol Stations: Launceston (24hr), Legana, Exeter, Beaconsfield, Beauty Point, George Town
EV Battery Charging Stations (see PlugShare):
A list of Tasmania’s national parks can be found here: Parks and Wildlife
A valid permit is needed before you can drive into these parks. For more information on the which pass you should buy, click here.
Permits can be purchased online here, from National Park Visitor Centres, Accredited Tasmanian Travel Information Centres, the Spirit of Tasmania, Service Tasmania shops, or by mail/email following these instructions.
Discounts are available for Seniors.
For Tasmania Police emergency road closure alerts click here.
The region in and around Launceston and the Tamar Valley experiences thick fog in winter, mostly in the mornings. Use your fog lights and drive to the conditions, remembering that wildlife may also be on the road at dawn.
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