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The Tamar Valley, Launceston

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Delve into the growing Australian wine industry and more in The Tamar Valley. Tour some of the 20-odd vineyards of the region--most of which grow Pinot Noir or Chardonnay grapes. Also enjoy gourmet food and soak in the region's spectacular scenery. Start your journey in Launceston, founded in 1806 and Australia's third oldest city. A riverside location and charming Georgian colonial architecture provide a welcoming atmosphere. Use the small city of 100,000 as a base for exploring the nearby Cataract Gorge Reserve, where hiking trails and the world's longest single-span chairlift await just a 15-minute walk from town. By using our Launceston trip itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to The Tamar Valley and other attractions in Launceston.
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  • If being inspired to buy property on this beautiful waterway is any guide, I guess it struck a chord with us. Serene, varying aspects, varied activities, no crowds and any number of wineries with rest...  more »
  • Spent a lovely afternoon just following the river through the valley up to the coast, stop off at Beaconsfield for lunch or afternoon tea. Beautiful area. Careful late in the afternoon when the wombat...  more »
  • We had been touring NW Tassie, and decided to go to Beaconsfield and follow the Tamar River south to Launceston. This really is a pretty drive, and recommend a stop at Brady's Lookout to take in the v...  more »

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Many visitors to Launceston choose to settle into one of the area's spacious rental apartments, which offer large rooms and plenty of privacy. Equally comfortable, the city's centrally located four-star hotels include onsite restaurants and air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and satellite channels. A less expensive alternative, Launceston's inns provide a convenient base for backpackers and causal travelers arriving without prior reservations. If you want something atmospheric and historical, look for guesthouses located in well-preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings. 
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