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Your guide to experiencing the Tamar Valley

The western banks for the Tamar River are full of surprise and delight experiences. Whether you’re a wine lover, outdoor explorer or travelling with the whole family, you will find something to enjoy in the Tamar Valley.

1. Get up close and personal with local wildlife

There are many ways to experience Tasmanian wildlife in the Tamar Valley. To meet and learn about the ever-intriguing Tasmanian Platypus and Echidnas, head to Platypus House. Just next door you can dive into Seahorse World and visit one of very few seahorse farms in the world. A little closer to Launceston you can visit the Tasmania Zoo which is home to the largest collection of native and exotic wildlife in Tasmania.

2. Stay in style

Regardless of if you’re a camper, glamper or strictly a bricks and mortar kind of person, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the Tamar Valley. For a safari style glamping experience (think cosy bell tents and Persian rugs) Wingtons Glamping is your place. For a night under the stars and in-between the vines, Domescapes is a must. For something slightly more conventional but equally dreamy, Deviot Boat House is a luxury retreat style escape with panoramic views of the Tamar River.

3. Win(e)d your way through the Tamar Valley Wine Route

The iconic Tamar Valley Wine Route located in one of the world’s premium cool-climate wine regions encompasses over 30 incredible vineyards and wineries. Hop on one of the many tours available for a hassle-free experience. Some popular operators include Prestige Tours Tasmania, Experiential Tasmania or Tamar Valley Wine Tours.

4. Dig back through time

Head to Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre to learn about the unique gold mining history and the infamous mine rescue through interactive and multi-sensory displays and exhibits.

5. Go all natural

For nature lovers, the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will not disappoint. The Wetlands are a buzzing ecosystem filled with an abundance of plant and animal life. Walk along the easily accessible boardwalk that weaves its way through the grass and over the footbridges until you reach the stunning kanamaluka/River Tamar.

6. Tame your hunger

Start your days in the Tamar Valley with a visit to one of the many cafes spotted along the river. The Cabin Coffee Co has locations in Legana and Exeter for your convenience. The Singapore Baker’s Café at Gravelly Beach and Moon Lily Kitchen and Cakes in Beaconsfield are also sure to please. If casual dining featuring an impeccable selection of wine is what you’re looking for, the Tamar Valley Wine Centre is your place. For an extraordinary dinner, Timbre Kitchen at Velo wines is a popular choice among visitors and locals.

7. Explore the Swiss Village

For something a little unexpected, The Swiss Village set in Grindelwald on the grounds of Aspect Tamar Valley Resort is an iconic Tamar Valley experience. With a range of dinning, shopping and activities including mini golf, paddle boats, bouncing pillows and pedal karts, it’s a great spot for a day trip with the family.

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