5 days is a great way to get a taste of the northern region. In this itinerary you can satisfy your taste buds with food and drinks in the Tamar Valley, explore the city of Launceston, adventure through the Treetops and hear tales of our convict and maritime past.
Day 1 - Launceston city
Explore the boutique city of Launceston, a sensuous mix of compelling stories in Australia’s history and stunning scenic landscapes that enclose the city. On arrival head South for 15 minutes to international award winning Josef Chromy winery (Relbia) for a simple cellar door experience. Sated, head into town for lunch at Blue Café (Inveresk). Want to be inspired? Head down to the Design Centre of Tasmania (city), regarded as one of the world’s best assemblages of contemporary wood-art, or explore one of Launceston’s signature landscapes, Cataract Gorge – your way, either sedately via chair lift, via river cruise or adventurously with a rock climb.
Day 2 - East Tamar
Heading north along the Eastern shore of the Tamar River toward George Town (40 minutes) is stunningly beautiful. Australia’s third oldest settlement founded in 1806 provides you opportunity to uncover its stories, before discovering some local flavours. Low Head Pilot Station has preserved many a maritime tale of disaster and hope. After a local history lesson, indulgence is a short drive away at Bridestowe Lavender Farm, home of delightful treats, followed by Hillwood Strawberry Farm and local wineries such as; Janz Wine room and Pipers Brook winery.
Stay in George Town.
Suggested place to eat tonight is Cove Restaurant, George Town
Day 3 - West Tamar
Today you’re only 30 minutes between history lessons. Learn our stories of Australia from early settlement to contemporary events as you ramble from place to place. Exploration begins in Beaconsfield, the site of the 2006 mining disaster just 30 minutes down the road at the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre from George Town.
Lunchboxes can be harvested from Moore’s Hill Estate near Beaconsfield, and self-served at the village green in Westbury, surrounded by picture-perfect Georgian architecture. Which leaves ample time to drive the 30 minutes to Woolmers Estate, one of the Australian Convict sites recently awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.
Day 4 - Longford to Scottsdale
Spend the morning strolling around Longford, a township with a blended past of Convict settlement and being the home of the Australian Grand Prix in the 1950s and 60s. Totally relaxed, head north east to Hollybank Treetop Adventures for a canopy tour that traverses between ‘cloud stations’ and see Tasmania’s wilderness for a unique perspective. End your day sedately at the Scottsdale Forest Eco-Centre showcasing the forest ecology, fine timbers and rich heritage of the North East.
Stay in Scottsdale.
Suggested place to eat is Lord’s Hotel Bistro for a ‘pub meal’.
Day 5 - Four ways to end it!
After exploring the North, your options today include the following:
- Out of time? Make a list of things you missed this time, then head home.
- Head to Cradle Mountain via the Great Western Tiers, traversing through Westbury, Deloraine and Mole Creek as you make you way to Tasmania’s famous wilderness National Park, Cradle Mountain
- Go Coastal. From Scottsdale it’s just 1 and half hour’s drive along the fabled Trail of the Tin Dragon to St Helens and the start of the East Coast of Tasmania. If you’re staying closer to Launceston, head south, then east through the Fingal Valley to the Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay.
- If you want to experience MONA, Tasmania’s newest art sensation, hit the Heritage Highway south to Hobart before flying home.