Launceston and Tamar Valley
Launceston and the Tamar Valley blend history, scenery, creativity, adventure, entertainment and the superb flavours of fine food and wine. Winding 58 kilometres (36 miles) north from Launceston to Bass Strait, the Tamar River's quiet waters are navigable for its entire length, while its sheltered shores are a perfect environment for many species of waterbirds. At Tamar Island, eight kilometres (five miles) from Launceston, you can take a boardwalk stroll over the wetlands and see the birds in their own habitat. Notley Gorge has deep fern glades, dense rainforest and waterfalls. Fairy penguins nest in the coastal scrub farther north
Visit Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre and lose yourself in history. Visit the new mine yard where you can access the iconic headframe and miners cage. Play with treasures from the past and embark on a historical journey to a place where life is simple. At the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre Tasmanian history is alive, and gold is under your feet. Our interpretive displays showcase the Mine Rescue of Brant Webb and Todd Russell. Many of the pieces in the centre are there for your enjoyment, displays to touch, buttons to push, leavers to pull, tunnels to crawl through
Golders Vineyard is located at Pipers Brook in Tasmania’s north-east and produces chardonnay and pinot noir. It is a two hectare (5 acre) vineyard with delightful rural views. Golders Vineyard pinot noir is a still wine that can range from light, fruity and simple through to gamey, complex and medium-bodied. Some are even approaching full-body. The vineyard is open by appointment. Wines are also available from Delamere Vineyard or by mail order. Golders Vineyard is located at Pipers Brook on the C818 about 50 minutes’ drive from Launceston via Lilydale.