While you’d need days to properly experience the Tamar Valley in all its beauty, we had just one in between adventures to suss it out, and were somehow able to experience the countryside, eucalypt forest and Switzerland.
Here are my top 3 favourite activities along the Tamar Valley:
A full post on the Falls and Little Blue Lake is coming next week, but it needed a mention here. About 30 minutes north of Launceston, borderlining the Tamar Valley and Northeast Region of Tasmania, you’ll find two stunning waterfalls at Lilydale Falls. Two short 5 minute walks to each waterfall, and a BBQ/picnic area make it the perfect pitstop on your way to Tasmania’s famed wineries.
Tamar Valley Wine Route
A trip to Tasmania is incomplete without a wine glass in hand, tasting some of the finest wines in the world. From the Valley, to Pipers River and Relbia, there are 32 wineries within driving distance of each other for you, your friends and family to enjoy. Varieties of note include Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
We visited Bay Of Fires, where we had a quick tasting of some sparkling wines before jetting off to explore the rest of the area.
Swiss Village, Grindelwald
We drove around to the other side of the Valley to check out what this little village was all about. Modelled in the 1980s after a village in Switzerland of the same name, Grindelwald is dotted with cottages with window shutters, flower boxes and balconies in true Swiss style. The ‘shopping village’ holds some boutique shops, a chocolatier, cafe, bakery, restaurant and bar, as well as outdoor activities like golfing and canoeing.
It really is picturesque, and a great place to unwind and have a coffee stop at.
- Although not in season while we were there, Hillwood Berry Farm is a great place to enjoy or pick your own strawberries, raspberries, loganberries, black and red currants. We stopped here for a coffee on the way back from the Bay Of Fires winery, and the berries weren’t ready yet (we were a week early!), but I’ve heard only good reviews from locals.
- Cataract Gorge is apart of the Tamar Valley and Launceston’s top attraction – read my post on it here.
- Don’t stop at the Wetlands Reserve – it’s just grass in water. Drive on by!
I finally put together all of my videos from our trip in November for my first vlog – check it out below!