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The Tamar Valley

If you have travelled to attend one of our events, welcome!

You are in for a treat, because not only are you going to have your literary world expanded, but the Tamar Valley region will open up endless possibilities for your travel-hungry, or just plain hungry, soul.

Explore with your stomach

The Tamar Valley is renowned for its wines, so that’s an obvious starting point. Keep an eye out for cellar doors including:

There really are too many to list here, so check out the Tamar Valley Wine Route website or drop in to the Tamar Valley Wine Centre in Exeter to taste all the wines in one place. Prefer gin? No worries, a trip to the Turner Stillhouse (conveniently located next door to Tamar Ridge winery) is just the thing. Many cellar doors also serve delicious food with a focus on showcasing local produce. Like truffles. The kitchen at Tamar Valley Truffles is producing some delectable creations — visits to their farm are by appointment.

Explore the natural beauty

Kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes at Greens Beach. This favourite with the locals is also the doorstep to the Narawntapu National Park. We recommend a short walk from the carpark to the West Head lookout with breathtaking, clifftop views to Badger Head beach and along the North-West coast as far as Table Cape and the Dial Ranges. Other beaches worth a look are Gravelly Beach (keep your shoes on), Beauty Point and Low Head.

Walks abound in the Tamar Valley region, all depending on your time and stamina. The Tamar Island Wetlands is an easy trek on boardwalk that will reward you with sights of birdlife on the estuary, flora and fauna. Notley Gorge is a photographer’s paradise; a thriving oasis of ferns, mosses and soaring gums. Check out the Parks Tasmania website to further whet your appetite for adventure in Tasmania’s pristine wilderness.

Explore something different

The experiences in the Tamar Valley are as diverse as the landscapes. Here are a few unexpected places you might be interested to include on your travel itinerary:

Now, sleep.

The site of the festival itself, Aspect Tamar Valley Resort, is a Swiss-style village in Grindelwald on the outer reaches of Launceston and is worth exploring. Accommodation is available at the venue for those who secure bookings early. Otherwise, the region is brimming with accommodation options, from glamping in a domescape to farm stays, cottages or architectural nests like the Deviot Boat House, to staying in a converted bus. Search Tamar Valley on stayz, airbnb or your preferred booking site, or click on one of the links below. And don’t forget, the festival venue is a short 20-minute drive from Launceston itself, brimming with accommodation options including, one of our favourites, The Florance.

Where to find more information

We are great fans of the Tamar Valley, Look Deeper website for everything you need to know to make your stay memorable.

You will also find oodles of information over at Discover Tasmania.

If you’d like someone else to do the driving and planning, McDermott’s Coaches offers specialty tours and charters.

Don’t forget to tag us in your posts on social media — we’d love to follow your adventures.