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.
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. We also recommend Brady’s Lookout Cider and Miner’s Gold Brewery, Taproom, and Restaurant in Beaconsfield for those looking for something other than wine. Many cellar doors also serve delicious food with a focus on showcasing local produce. Please note that several cellar doors now require bookings for COVID safety due to their intimate spaces and personalised service.
Kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes at Greens Beach. This favourite with the locals is also the doorstep of the Narawntapu National Park. We recommend the 3-hour return walk from the carpark to the West Head lookout with breathtaking, clifftop views of 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 (featuring delightful little penguins and the historic pilot station).
Walks abound in the Tamar Valley region, all depending on your time and stamina. The Tamar Island Wetlands is an easy trek on the boardwalk that will reward you with sights of birdlife on the estuary, flora, and fauna. Notley Fern Gorge features a short 45-minute walk and 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. If a more manicured view of nature is your cup of tea, check out the Launceston Parks and Gardens guide.
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:
This year the Festival will make Launceston its hub with threads of the program taking visitors to historic and scenic environs of the Tamar Valley. Accommodation is available at special discount rates to Festival goers at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston’s CBD. 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. We also recommend the Beauty Point Tourist Park for glamping, garden cottages, caravan and camping sites, and family-friendly accommodations. Search Tamar Valley on Stayz, Airbnb, or your preferred booking site, or click on one of the links above.
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 using the #TVWF22 hashtag — we’d love to follow your adventures.