7 Days - Stay 'n Play

You don’t do things by halves do you! Spend a week and take away a new sense of the region and yourself.  Live your own chapter in the nooks and crannies of northern Tasmania, staying in some of the smaller towns and villages.

 

Day 1

Launceston Cataract Gorge and First Basin

Launceston Cataract Gorge and First Basin

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 brunch or a simple cellar door experience. Sated, head into town, for some retail therapy at boutiques such as Ecoco (Balfour St) and Cocoon (George St) be inspired at the Design Centre of Tasmania, 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.

Stay in Launceston. Pick from some great Launceston accommodation offers on our HOT DEALS page. Suggested place to eat tonight in Launceston is Black Cow Bistro.

Day 2

A relaxing exploration awaits. Longford is a just 30 minute drive from Launceston and home to a blended past of Convict settlement and being the home of the Australian Grand Prix in the 1950s and 60s. Woolmers Estate, & Brickendon Estate are two of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage listed convict sites, and open for you to discover. For lunch head to Westbury and relax on the village green in Westbury, surrounded by picture-perfect Georgian architecture. Next stop, Deloraine surrounded by classic ‘English-style’ countryside of rolling green hills and hedgerows, sits at the foothills of the Great Western Tiers, the northern edge of the World Heritage Central Plateau. Deloraine is an arts mecca, view the many galleries and Yarns Artwork in Silk. A short drive away is an underworld adventure, in the limestone caves at Mole Creek, or above ground via bushwalks in the Liffey World Heritage Area. Stay in Deloraine. Suggested placefor a casual meal tonight is Delrock cafe at Deloraine Hotel

Day 3

Today is all about the getting into the wilderness. Just a short 25 minute drive from Deloraine starts you on an underworld adventure, in the limestone caves at Mole Creek. If above ground is more your style then bushwalks in the Liffey World Heritage Area will suit perfectly. Tasmania is renowned for its wild brown trout fishing, and the scenic splendor of the lakes and rivers they reside in. A drive via the Great Lake Highway puts this into perspective. Heading inland from Deloraine this sensational scenic drive winds its way up the face of the Great Western Tiers to Tasmania’s central plateau. You will come across clusters of fishermen’s shacks along the way, alongside world heritage wilderness reserves. At ‘The Steppes’ turn left and head for Ross by way of Interlaken, 1 hour. Stay near Ross. Suggested place to eat tonight in Ross is Man O Ross Hotel for a ‘pub meal.’

Day 4

Ross, acclaimed as Tasmania’s finest heritage village, the tree-lined streetscape of Ross reflects its days as a garrison town, dating back to 1812. Take your time, as there is much to discover in Ross – a mid-nineteenth century archaeological site slowly unearthing its secrets, a special lover’s seat, some superb art and crafts, award-winning gardens and an historic bakery that is a favorite with Japanese visitors! Totally relaxed, head north east for 1¼ hours (via the Trail of the Tin Dragon) 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 Scottsdale, just 35 minutes up the road. Stay in Scottsdale. Suggested place to eat is Lord’s Hotel Bistro for a ‘pub meal’.

Day 5

Start your day sedately at the Scottsdale Forest Eco-Centre showcasing the forest ecology, fine timbers and rich heritage of the North East. Then continue on the Trail of the Tin Dragon, the untold story of the North East of Tasmania. It is a Chinese story. It is a story of Tin mining, of boom and bust, flood and drought, riches and poverty, hope and despair. The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre and Cafe at Derby is the highlight of your journey. From Derby head North on the loop road to George Town via Cameron Regional reserve 2hrs drive, or back via Scottsdale. Stay in George Town. Suggested place to eat tonight is Cove Restaurant, George Town

Day 6

George Town and all that, rework indulgence to precede history 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 Piper Brook winery. Stay in the Tamar Valley. Suggested place to eat tonight in the Tamar is Rosevears Bistro (Rosevears)

Day 7

Tamar Wine Valley – time for wine before departure. Time for wine! Launceston is very fortunate in that it’s surrounded by wineries! Which are easily accessible to you via a circuit road, known as the Tamar Valley Wine Route. With a reputation well established in Sparkling, Riesling and Pinot Noir wines, the region has vintages to satisfy every pallet. Pick up a wine route brochure at your accommodation or go online to: http://www.tamarvalleywineroute.com.au/While ‘wine touring’, a few optional adventures could include: Platypus House (Beauty Point), Seahorse World (Beauty Point ), or trade in wine touring for a round of golf at Australia’s top public golf course Barnbougle / Lost Farm (Bridport). Depart for the Mainland and stay in your own bed tonight or continue your exploration of Tasmania in any of the following ways;

  1. Head to Cradle Mountain via the Great Western Tiers, traversing through Westbury, Deloraine and Moles Creek as you make you way to Tasmania’s famous wilderness National Park of Cradle Mountain
  2. Go Coastal. Explore the fabled Trail of the Tin Dragon on your way 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.
  3. If you want to experience MONA, Tasmania’s new art sensation, hit the Heritage Highway South to Hobart before flying home

 

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