Take a Road Trip: Launceston & North
Day 1 - Devonport to Launceston
Disembark Spirit of Tasmania and head along the Bass Highway (A1) to Elizabeth Town. Be sure to stop in at award-winning Ashgrove Cheese to sample traditional English cheeses as well as quirkier varieties like ‘Wild Wasabi’. Then it’s onwards to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café for a hearty raspberry-inspired breakfast. Grab some chocolate-covered raspberries for the drive and continue on to Launceston. Stock up on Tasmanian arts and crafts at the not-for-profit Design Centre, before heading to picturesque Cataract Gorge for a ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift. For upmarket seafood, book a table at Stillwater or for sublime dry-aged beef you can’t beat the Black Cow Bistro. Art enthusiasts will enjoy a stay at the Hatherley Birrell Collection. Or choose self-catering apartments, like those at TWOFOURTWO. View map
Day 2 - Launceston to Bridport
Take the West Tamar Highway (A7) and follow the blue and yellow Tamar Valley Wine Route signs stopping en route at Stoney Rise Wine Company. Sample some of Tassie’s best pinot noir and chardonnay while overlooking the Tamar River. Then stop in at Seahorse World, for an up-close look into the world’s first working seahorse farm.
Once you have enough pics of these curious-looking creatures, cross the Batman Bridge and follow the B82. Pull over for tastings of iconic sparkling wines at Delamere Vineyards and Jansz. Then it’s onwards to Bridport Caravan Park to set up camp or opt for a B&B or self-catering cottage before heading out for dinner at Bridport Bunker Club.
Day 3 - Exploring Barnbougle and surrounds
Book in for an unforgettable day of golf (and a night’s stay) at Barnbougle (its two links courses, Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm, are ranked among the world’s finest). After a day on the fairways, fill up at the Dunes Clubhouse on a Cape Grim dry-aged steak and craft beer. If golf isn’t your thing, check out nearby Bridestowe Lavender Estate, where you can pick up a range of lavender-inspired gifts to take home with you. Then detour out to Scottsdale, home of boutique brewery Little Rivers Brewing Co. before heading down to Underwood to stock up on some delightful pinot at Gryphonwood Vineyards. Adventure-seekers can enjoy an amazing tree-top zipline experience or go mountain biking or hiking at Hollybank Forest Reserve. Return to Barnbougle for the night.
Day 4 - Barnbougle to Westbury
Depart Barnbougle for Longford and enjoy a stroll around the heritage town before heading out to Woolmers Estate, home to one of the finest collections of historic roses in the southern hemisphere. It’s also well worth stopping at the picturesque multi-tiered cascade of Liffey Falls (located along National Highway 1). The falls are accessible via two easy walks – 1km and 2.5km, both of which take you through stunning rainforest. Stay the night at one of five quaint colonial Westbury Gingerbread Cottages, decorated with period touches and featuring delicious fresh ingredients for breakfast.
Day 5 - Westbury to Devonport
Take the B72 to Exeter for one last hurrah along the mighty Tamar and fill up the boot with last-minute supplies at orchard farm gates. Grab a famous scallop pie from Exeter Bakery and enjoy it at Brady’s Lookout. Wander the charming streets of Swiss-themed Grindelwald before turning onto the B71 for the Glengarry Bush Maze and Tearooms. Finally, collect some tasty berries and jam from Blue Berry Barn Café at Frankford and mosey back to Devonport to bid farewell to Tassie.
Don't miss out!
With 32 vineyards producing some of Tasmania’s best wines, a trip along the Tamar Valley Wine Route is a great chance to stock up on cases of vino to take back to the mainland. Take advantage of the awesome route planner on their website!
For a quick must-see list for the region, check out our Top 10!