The Tamar River is the focal point as you head north from Launceston. Hugging the river edge on your right at all times, you’ll head north on the West Tamar and south on the East Tamar.
Around 18km out of Launceston is Rosevears where you can visit Ninth Island Winery at Strathlynn; continue to Exeter for coffee at the Exeter Bakery; then to Beaconsfield – the scene of the 2006 gold mine distaster and home to the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Onward to Beauty Point (loads of accommodation if you want to turn this into an overnight trip). Visit Seahorse World and its next door neighbout Platypus House (you can’t visit one without visiting the other) and drop in at the Tamar Valley Art Shack in Clarence Point, just 13km further norther from Beauty Point.
Heading south you’ll head back through Beaconsfield and cross the Batman Bridge past Kayena after a stop at Moores Hill Estate for a cheese platter and glass and wine. Across on the eastern side, take a detour north up to George Town and Low Head. Return on the same road then continue through to Hillwood via the Berry Farm finishing in Launceston.
If you’re just interested in a wine experience, you can fill many hours and even days exploring the Tamar Valley Wine Route.