Tasmania has scenery in abundance – everything from dairy farms, sheep properties, poppy fields, wineries, lavender fields, to historic small villages, wild rivers, bridges, rainforest, mountain peaks, alpine lakes to beaches, old mines and MONA – the most amazing gallery in Australia, just outside of Hobart, and of course PORT ARTHUR the notorious prison for convicts.
There is also great food, wine, beer and places to have a coffee or tea.
What makes for a great holiday is not just seeing the scenery, it is also meeting new people, learning about their way of life and experiencing new ideas and creating memories that you can take with you when you leave.
One of the great things about Tasmania is that it is an island and the distances between places of interest are small – mostly an hour or two away from each other.
Welcome to Tasmania – a great island to explore.
Launceston in the north was first established in 1806 as a settlement, just 18 years after the First Fleet, under Captain Arthur Phillip sailed into Sydney Harbour to set up the First Settlement at Sydney Cove in 1788.
This makes Launceston quite a historic town, and there are many Georgian style buildings and homes built here over the last two centuries.
The town itself is located at the junction of the North Esk and South Esk Rivers that flow into the Tamar River, that flows northwards through the Tamar Valley to Bass Strait – the Strait that separates Tasmania from mainland Australia.
The Tamar Valley is very picturesque with wineries on the hillsides on both sides overlooking the River estuary, and it is a must see drive from Launceston to travel up the Valley, calling in at different wineries and maybe have lunch at one of the restaurants along the way. Tasmanian Wines are some of Australia’s best cool climate wines.
You can travel on both sides of the River either on the A7 West Tamar Highway or on the east side on the A8 East Tamar Highway, with the Batman Bridge connecting the two sides.
Things to see along the way in the Tamar Valley include: