The history of the Heritage Highway region is intrinsically linked to the extraordinary road builidng that occurred in Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the 19th century. An overland route through the Midlands was pioneered by the Surveyor General, Charles Grimes as early as 1807; remarkably it is the route we continue to travel today. By 1819, there was a rough and winding track of about 160 miles between Hobart Town and Port Dalrymple in the north, well worn by cattle, sheep and carts. It was the task of a Major Thomas Bell of the 48th Regiment to
The Josef Chromy Cellar Door Café and Winery is located at Relbia, Northern Tasmania. Josef Chromy Wines' 61-hectare (150 acre) vineyard produces a number of varieties of highly sought-after grapes. Wines include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. A vintage sparkling and Botrytis Riesling round out the range, and everything is estate-grown. The Josef Chromy Cellar Door Café, located in the estate's original homestead, is surrounded by landscaped gardens. Warm yourself by the open log fire and take in the views over the vineyard, winery and lake. Here, you can taste fine cool climate wines and
Tassie Tank Adventures offers a unique tank experience, based in Epping Forrest in Tasmania's Midlands. At Tassie Tank Adventures, you have the opportunity to ride in an armored personnel carrier, either tracked or wheeled. The experience includes a talk and interactive display related to military vehicle history and the chance to wear the uniform of a tank operator, before climbing into the vehicle to take a unique ride through the bushland setting. Epping Forest is around 40 minutes' drive (70 kilometres/44 miles) South of Launceston.