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Tamar Valley - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Beaconsfield
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Sea horse from Seahorse WorldThe Tamar River meanders for 58 kms from Launceston, past vineyard country, orchards, scenic pastures, forest, villages and towns, until it enters the Bass Strait. The Tamar Valley is Tasmania’s major cool climate wine producing region, that also specialises in the Pinot and Riesling varieties. It is a region that is enjoying a growing reputation for fine wines, good food and great scenery. During the summer, you can pick farm fresh raspberries, blueberries and stone fruits.

Launceston is the area’s major centre, straddling the Tamar River 60 km inland from the mouth of the river. The banks of West Tamar, from Launceston in the south to the coastal holiday town Greens Beach in the north, are lined with vineyards. Greens Beach and Kelso are coastal fishing resorts, and as you head south, Beauty Point offers a pleasant stop to relax and enjoy the surrounds. Following the West Tamar Highway (A7) south, you pass through Beaconsfield. It was here that the regions future took off, when gold was discovered at Cannage Tree Hill in the late 1870’s. Mining continues today in one of the old shafts  in Beaconsfield. The other two are closed and now house the Grubb Shaft Museum.

At Exeter drop into the Tamar Visitor Centre for information about the region and heading south at Rosevears where you can go wine tasting at the Strathlyn Wine Centre, as well as bird spotting at the Waterbird Haven Trust.

On the east side of the Tamar River is Low Head, one of Australia’s earliest settlements and with its many navigational lead lights and aids for ships, with some of them dating back to around 1881. You can also visit the Pilot Station and the Maritime Museum. South of here is George Town. Unless you are travelling from Launceston, the only other route across the western side of the Tamar River so via the Batman Bridge, located just south of Beaconsfield and George Town. Check out some of the Georgian and other historic buildings around town.

At Exeter drop into the Tamar Visitor Centre for information about the region and heading south at Rosevears where you can go wine tasting at the Strathlyn Wine Centre, as well as bird spotting at the Waterbird Haven Trust.

On the east side of the Tamar River is Low Head, one of Australia’s earliest settlements and with its many navigational lead lights and aids for ships, with some of them dating back to around 1881. You can also visit the Pilot Station and the Maritime Museum. South of here is George Town. Unless you are travelling from Launceston, the only other route across the western side of the Tamar River so via the Batman Bridge, located just south of Beaconsfield and George Town. Check out some of the Georgian and other historic buildings around town.

Other townships on-route down the East Tamar Highway include Hillwood, Mt Direction Swan Bay, Windermere, and Dilston.

If you are keen on fishing, there are shore access pontoons located along the riverbanks. From here you can fish for a variety of saltwater fish as well as freshwater fish in some of the nearby inland streams and lakes. The quiet waters and sheltered shores also provide a perfect environment for many species of waters birds. Take the time to visit Tamar Island Wetlands, only 8 km from Launceston town centre. Boardwalks take you across the wetlands, giving you opportunity to see the birds in their own habitat. There is Notley Gorge with it’s deep fern glades, rainforest and waterfalls. At Low Head, you can see fairy penguins nest in the coastal scrub and Australian fur seals breed on Tenth Island.

Check out our listing of Tamar Valley accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Tamar Valley Tours

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Michelle’s Riding School
• RIVERSIDE TAS 7250 • Ph: 03 6327 3094
• Trail rides. Advanced bookings essential, preferably the day before. Not available on Sundays. Scenic rides in the countryside, suitable for all ages and abilities (tuition given if necessary).
Low Head Penguin Tours
GEORGE TOWN TAS 7253
• Mobile: 0418 361 860 • Fax: 03 6382 2310 • Email
• Noctural tour of the Penguin colony at Low Head. Tours run every night at dusk. An up close and personal experience for everyone.
Riversong Cruises
• Inspection Head Wharf, BEAUTY POINT TAS 7270
• Ph: 0408 306 208 / 03 6327 1226 (AH) • Email
• Catamaran cruises of the Tamar River. Carry up to 18 passengers. Meals available.
Seal & Sea Adventure Tours
GEORGE TOWN TAS 7253
• Ph: 03 6382 3452 • Mobile: 0419 357 028 • Fax: 03 6382 3105 • Email
• Wilderness tours from George Town out to Tenth Island, an Australian fur seal colony approximately 3 kilometres off the Tasmanian North Coast. We also run dive charter and site seeing tours from Coles Bay down to Schouten Island on Tasmanian's sunny east coast. Check out our river cruises, dive charters, fishing charters and commercial hire.
Shuttlefish Ferry
• 10 Eton St, BEAUTY POINT TAS 7270
• Ph: 03 6383 3379 • Mobile: 0412 485 611 • For bookings, phone Susie or Rowlie • Email
 • River Cruises all year round on the beautiful lower reaches of the Tamar River.
Tamar River Cruises
• Home Point, LAUNCESTON TAS 7250 • Ph: 03 6334 9900 • Email
• Award winning attraction. A cruise of discovery in all weather luxury on board the Tamar Odyssey or Lady Launceston. Day, evening and private group charters.
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