The Tamar Valley
The Tamar Valley
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The Tamar Valley, famous for it's cool climate wine, but also it's food and produce, it's natural attractions such as the Tamar Island Wetlands, Narawntapu National Park, Notley Gorge, Brady's Lookout and West Head it's many attractions - Seahorse World, Platypus House, Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Cntre, Grindelwald, Gem & Stone creations, Glengarry Bush Maze and the Rosevears Hotel & Gallery complex. Also home to more than 80 Air BnB listings it's a great base to tour to Cradle Mountain, Bridestowe Lavendar Farm, Derby Mountain Bike trails, Cataract Gorge, Barnbougle Golf Course, local markets, wildlife parks, Treetops Adventure or Launceston's range of fantastic restaurants.
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kencmcneill
Beauty Point, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Hillwood Jetty Road...Take it to the end and you will come across the Hillwood Coffee Shop. An absolute gem when it comes to wholesome food and coffee. Prices ? Take it from me, you will not beleive the prices...very cheap....but the quality is there also.
Written January 30, 2020
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,951 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
The drive through the Tamar Valley is very pleasant. There is plenty to see and there are towns, villages and wineries to explore. You could easily spend a full day exploring the various sights. The people are friendly and it is bustle free. A good way to chill out.
Written April 25, 2022
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Leigh W
Adelaide, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
So many fantastic wineries to visit, with Marion's Vineyard sitting at the top of the pile for me. Genuinely one of the most beautiful cellar door locations you will visit, and with a fabulous array of wines.

Moores Hill Estate, Goaty Hill, Holm Oak and Stony Rise should also be on your to-do list. There are so many more, I just need more time!
Written November 1, 2021
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Beautiful area where we enjoyed spending seven days enjoying some of the delights that the Valley offers. From Low Head to George Town, Windemere, Launceston, Exeter, Beaconsfield and Beauty Head and then a cruise on the Tamar. Lovely scenery, historical sites, attractions and drives; we enjoyed the lot. Great restaurants and cafes. We gave the wineries a miss, too many other attractions.
Written May 10, 2022
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Proview111
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is our third visit to the wonderful Tamar Valley. It must be the most ideal place in the world to have a home. We always leave insanely jealous of the residents. Who are by the way friendly, happy and always so helpful. Everwhere there is oicture postcard scenery and wonderfule routes to travel. Accomodation, food and wine are usually exceptional.
Written February 27, 2020
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Christine
Oyster Bay, Australia25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Nice for a drive from Launceston for the day. Very quiet with peaceful country side. Good tourist info at Exeter. Not many place open to eat (it was a Monday), nothing at beauty Point. Good if you like wine tasting . We visited Beaconsfield Mine and History Museum - good and also the Platypus House - excellent.
Written March 2, 2022
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Micro12
Fern Bay, Australia37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Visited the Launceston/Tamar Valley and north west and north east of Tasmania recently.
Launceston in a smaller city with good eateries and reasonable shopping centre. A must to see is the Cataract Gorge with its chair lift, walking trails and lyre birds near the cafe across the river. Also visit Penny Royal with its rides and activities.
We stayed at Aspect Tamar Valley Resort a Swiss styled resort at Grindlewald north of Launceston which we found as a good base to get around the northern area of Tasmania.
We travelled around the Tamar Valley visiting Exeter, Beaconsfield, Beauty Point where we attended the sea horse and platypus and echidna centres on the west side of the river and Low Head and Georgetown on the east side of the river.
We recommend having a meal at the Riverside Cafe at Beauty Point which has big open windows and views of the river and staff ready to help travellers with history.
We also travelled west to Devonport and Burnie on the sunday with these towns very quaint with most shops closed but still had a good look around.
Also travelled to Scottsdale another quaint historic village to the north east of Launceston. Then headed to Bridestowe Lavender Farm which was very interesting.
All areas we visited were all within one to one and half hours from our base and roads are similar to country travel, there was minimal traffic to contend with. One main highway that travels between major towns to make travelling by car easier.
Written December 14, 2016
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Starcatlover
Hervey Bay, Australia44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Besides the many wineries you can visit the scenery is delightful. Make a detour to visit Low Head at the mouth of the Tamar River before you head back to Launceston. It is a beautiful spot with a very old Pilot Station, and lighthouse and a bonus colony of penguins. My pick of the wineries (and we did not get to them all) would be Bay of Fires and Goaty Hill.
Written November 9, 2014
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TxAg04
Houston, TX93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
Just finished a quick trip through the Tamar Valley wine route and wanted to post a few winery reviews. We had some excellent wine and met some really nice, interesting, lovely people.

Velo Vineyard - very accessible from Launceston (10km north). Nice wine, but nothing worth writing home about. They are currently expanding their cellar door area and when its finished they will have a lovely patio area.

Rotherhythe Vineyard - this place exemplifies why I love wine. John greeted us at the door with his trousers up past his naval with a hearty hello and a genuine smile. He is nearly 70yr old and still has his wits about him. He no longer owns the vineyard and is just selling his remaining stock. All 2004 vintages at 2004 prices. I would've love to sat down and share a bottle and an afternoon with him, but time didn't allow. I highly recommend a stop at Rotherhythe.

Stoney Rise Vineyard - Honestly, I was a bit disappointed after leaving Stoney Rise. Beautiful property, great wine, not great service. I'm not sure if the gentlemen who was tending the cellar door that morning was the owner or not, but he looked like he'd just rolled out of bed and was still wearing socks. He poured the wine and sat there without offering any information or details of what was in the glass. Don't get me wrong, the wine was great, but when I visit a cellar door, the wine in the glass is only half the story.

Bay of Fires Winery - Beautiful property. Excellent sparklings on tasting. Exquisite Chardonnay and I don't even care for Chardy's that much. Great service. We got in and out just before a large tour group and we had the place to ourselves. Highly recommend a stop at Bay of Fires!

Jansz - Absolutely beautiful property. If you like/love sparkling, your trip to the Tamar is not complete without a stop at Jansz.

Pipers Brook Vineyard - This place was absolutely packed. We had lunch at the cafe and let some of the madness die down in the tasting room before attempting to even go in. Once in, the woman pouring the wine was absolutely fantastic. She was engaging yet performed her duties with ease to all the different parties. She definitely could've used an extra pair of hands or two to help her out. The wines were good, but honestly at this point in the day, we were ready to hit the road and get on to Freycinet before nightfall.

All in all, we had a excellent half day of tastings at all the wineries/vineyards we stopped at. If you're a wine lover and in the area, you have to go to the Tamar Valley!
Written April 28, 2012
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Sigríður Huld J
Akureyri, Iceland84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Driving through Tamar Valley was a splendid way to spend the day. Beautiful scenery and many wineries to visit. We visited one of the winery and had really nice local food plate - and taste of wine of course (Moores hill). I would have had the opportunity to visit more than one winery - recommend that people give 2-3 hours to do the drive and visit 2-3 wineries in beautiful Tamar Valley.
Written January 12, 2020
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