Escape to Launceston and the Tamar

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Jul 01, 2015

by MATTHEW EVANS, Writer

Launceston is the gateway to the lovely Tamar Valley, a region famed for its wineries.

Do

Launceston is the gateway to the lovely Tamar Valley, a region famed for its wineries. Check out Moore’s Hill Estate, Bay of Fires Wines, Pipers Brook Vineyard and more. The varieties to try are usually the lean, elegant, cold-climate chardonnay and pinot noir. In Launceston take a walk up Cataract Gorge then check out the wonderful architecture at Design Tasmania (Brisbane Street), home to wonderful timber pieces crafted from local wood.

Eat and Drink

Even carnivores love breakfast and lunch at vegetarian hub Fresh on Charles (178 Charles Street), which has a comfortable, quirky interior. Coffee addicts should head straight for Sweetbrew (93 George Street) and for dinner there’s the Asian-influenced contemporary dining experience at Mudbar & Restaurant (28 Seaport Boulevard) by the waterfront. There’s rabbit gyoza with oyster and mushroom ragout or squid and coriander dumplings with green mango, plus a dedicated menu of steak from the charcoal grill. 

Stay

Highfield House (23 Welman Street) is a lovely old converted Victorian mansion within walking distance of the city. The space is modern, the welcome friendly and the breakfast superb.