More and more people are realising that Launceston is only a short flight away making it a great option for a weekend break away from the hustle of Melbourne or Sydney.
With the feel of a big country town, Launceston is a great base from which to explore the Tamar Valley wineries. Here are our tips for an indulgent weekend:
For a very casual meal among the locals, head to St George’s Square in High Street park where food vans like Turkish Tukka and Burger Junkie serve up tasty nosh in a beautiful park setting.
For a more glamorous experience, try drinks and dinner on the river: Pop in for a drink at Stillwater’s wine bar with a great selection of local drops then wander along the river and dine at the excellent Hallams Waterfront Seafood restaurant
Hit the Harvest Market, a terrific farmer’s market and the place to be seen in Launceston on a Saturday morning. Pick up excellent coffee and breakfast; read the paper and enjoy the buskers. Stock up with supplies for a picnic later on- bread, cheese, fresh fruit & veg.
Tour the Tamar Valley Wine Route
There are more than 25 cellar doors in the Tamar Valley and quite a bit of distance between the east and west sides so don’t try to do too much in one day. If you’re not keen on driving yourself, hire a car with a driver or book a tour with a local tour company.
Then it might be time to head to the western side of the valley. Pick a picturesque spot near the Batman Bridge and stop for a picnic lunch.
After all that wine, palate re-calibration may be required. Choose from a regularly changing beer selection at Saint John Craft Beer Bar. Then wander through the beautiful Prince’s Square to dine at Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant.
For those with an adventurous spirit, visit Penny Royal, for rock climbing or the exhilaration of the zipline.
Travel Lightly with the Tamar Valley Vineyards Dozen
Top Tip: A lot of the wines you’ll enjoy in the Tamar Valley are made in small quantities and can be hard to find on the mainland so its best to buy while you are here.
Simply purchase the bottles you like as you visit the cellar doors then the last cellar door you buy from will pack them up and send them home for you, just for the cost of the freight. You get a unique collection of wines delivered to your door without the stress of excess baggage charges.