Where to Stay and Dine in Tasmania's Tamar Valley

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Feb 07, 2018

by JULIE LEE, Editor and Writer

Explore Tasmania’s famous wine route – visit cellar doors, sample the 
food and enjoy country-style hospitality.

For breakfast

Stonesthrow Launceston

There’s no shortage of breakfast options in Launceston proper. 
A case in point is Bryher Cafe 
& Caterers (bryherfood.com), which offers homemade, Instagram-worthy doughnuts, pastries and jams. But if you’re 
in the mood for a leisurely 
drive and brunch, head to Stonesthrow Launceston. 
Just 15 minutes from the CBD, the café is set on more than 
36 hectares of wetlands reserve, with easy walking trails and friendly animals. The view alone is worth the visit so get in early (it opens at 8.30am during the warmer months) to nab a window seat. The menu, while concise, is full of favourites such as eggs Benedict, French toast and a hearty big brekkie. The bread, brioche and granola are all made in-house.

55 Sandown Road, Norwood


 
Stonesthrow Launceston restaurant and cafeFor lunch

Josef Chromy

Stopping by the cellar door at Josef Chromy’s original 1880s homestead is about more than just wine-tasting. It’s also an opportunity to choose the drops you’d like to enjoy with lunch, which kicks off with freshly baked spelt bread and lashings of salted butter at the hatted restaurant. A variety 
of Tasmanian oysters follows and it just gets better from 
there, thanks to dishes such as grass-fed beef carpaccio and Jerusalem artichoke with cured venison and bush pepper.

370 Relbia Road, Relbia

For dinner

Timbre Kitchen

Known as Tea Time, Friday 
(and sometimes Saturday) dinners are a relaxed affair 
at Timbre Kitchen at Vélo Wines, just 15 minutes out of Launceston. Chef Matt Adams whips up a new two-course 
set menu each week, based on whatever’s in season, so dishes might include a main of roast salmon in winter or a dessert 
of sweet pickled rhubarb with zabaglione in summer.

Vélo Wines, 755 West Tamar Highway, Legana

For taking home

Stillwater

When winemaker Natalie Fryar started making gin, she wanted to create something distinctly Tasmanian that smelt like “Cradle Mountain after it’s rained”. And so Abel Gin was born, using native botanicals 
in its flavour base. There are 
two varieties: Essence, which 
is described as refreshing and light; and Quintessence, which 
is deep and spicy. Pick up a bottle at Stillwater Providore 
in Launceston. Fryar’s tips for drinking gin? “Don’t swamp 
it with bad tonic,” she says. 
“And don’t overcomplicate it. Gin, tonic, a slice of citrus, ice 
– that’s all you need.”

2 Bridge Road, Launceston

Where to stay

Wines for Joanie Farm Cottage

Set amid the Tamar Valley hills, Wines for Joanie Farm Cottage is a 1940s one-bedroom residence complete with an antique queen bed, vintage leather wingback lounge, fireplace and kitchenette. Your nearest neighbours are the farmyard animals: pigs, horses and wine dogs Squeak and Lou. There are many cellar doors within driving – and even walking – distance. Swinging Gate Vineyard, just next door, 
is a must-visit.

163 Glendale Road, Sidmouth

Red Feather Inn

At first glance, the quiet little town of Hadspen doesn’t seem like the place to find luxury boutique accommodation. 
But it dates back to colonial times and many of the buildings in the area are heritage-listed, including the Red Feather Inn. Built in 1842, it’s made up of five suites and three cottages, all decorated in French Provincial style and each featuring a unique design. The Garden Suite, for example, is two storeys and opens directly 
onto the beautiful garden area, while Pearce’s Cottage sleeps 
six and has a spacious sitting area, private garden and its 
own laundry. The original sandstone fireplaces have 
been retained throughout the main inn and the bathrooms 
all have freestanding bathtubs and walk-in showers.

42 Main Street, Hadspen

If you don’t want to drive: Prestige Leisure Tours

Leave the car behind and 
have Prestige Leisure Tours ferry you around the valley. They will pick you up from your accommodation for a private or small-group trip, with a choice of four, five or six cellar door stops. You can help select the wineries on your itinerary or simply sit back and leave it to your experienced driver. Just make sure Goaty Hill Wines 
at Kayena is on your list.

SEE ALSO: The Inside Scoop on the Best Tamar Valley Wines