Wineries & markets
The Tamar Valley countryside is brimming with wineries, bush hikes and friendly growers. Famous for its sparkling wines, in particular, stops at world-class cellar doors like Jansz, Tamar Ridge and Josef Chromy are essential.
In town, make for the Launceston Harvest Market on Saturday mornings for fresh produce, direct from farmers. On Sundays, it’s the Evandale Markets turn over at Falls Park. Drop 20 cents to enter (kids entry is free), and browse stalls that range from bric-a-brac, local food trucks and pony rides.
History & heritage
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Launceston is Australia’s largest regional museum and is separated into two sites, which includes old railway workshops. Afterwards, walk and uncover the stories of Launceston’s Heritage Trails.
Stand out highlights of visiting the surrounding colonial-era villages include walking Evandale’s historic main High Street, watching the river flow from the Ross Bridge, which is Australia’s third oldest, and following the convict brick trail from Red Bridge at Campbell Town.
Nature & attractions
Just outside of Launceston, Cataract Gorge is the perfect place for a natural swim. Take the Gorge Scenic Chairlift (the world’s longest single-span chairlift) or the suspension bridge for stunning views of the bushland and Victorian gardens, and eat lunch at Gorge Restaurant or First Basin Café.
At the northern edge of the Bay of Fires, you’ll find Mount William National Park. It’s a gorgeous place for a day hiking, swimming and picnicking, with white sandy beaches, azure waters and rocks covered in striking orange lichen. Narawntapu National Park is another coastal paradise, where Bennett’s wallabies, Forester kangaroos, pademelons and Tasmanian devils roam free.
If possible, go to the Instagram-famous Bridestowe Lavender Estate near Bridport between December and January, which is when the French lavender flowers. Also take a thrilling day taking out on the 125 kilometres of Blue Derby mountain bike networks, before finishing with a plunge at the wood-fired Floating Sauna Lake Derby.