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Tamar Valley, Tasmania: Traveller's Guide

North Eastern Tasmania Drive: One of Australia's great drives, it visits just about every destination previewed here.

Great Western Tiers: The northern face of the Tasmanian Central Plateau, the Great Western Tiers is a series of small mountain peaks and bluffs. A short drive from the coastal towns of Tasmania's north west, the region is one of rare and diverse beauty. It is considered by many as the jewel in the crown of Tasmania's national parks.

Port Sorell: a pretty coastal village featuring sheltered beaches, good fishing, orange lichen-covered rocks and foreshore reserves for camping and picnics. Nearby Narawntapu National Park is a place of great serenity and a haven for wildlife, which abounds on its grassy plains and in its marshes and heathlands.

Beauty Point: a small resort town in the Tamar Valley, 45 minutes' drive northwest of Launceston. It is home to Platypus House and Seahorse World, and the eastern gateway to Narawntapu National Park (formerly Asbestos Range).

George Town and Low Head: A coastal town located on the east bank of the mouth of the Tamar River, George Town is Australia's third oldest European settlement and Australia's oldest town.

Bass and Flinders Centre: an excellent museum focusing on the exploits of British explorers George Bass and Matthew Flinders, who were the first to circumnavigate Tasmania, back in 1798-99.

Westbury: a classic Georgian village surrounded by hedgerows and lanes reminiscent of England. Westbury has numerous museums, housing collections of agricultural machinery, antique steam engines, vintage cars, 19th century toys and historic furniture.

Evandale: a classified historic town, it is a storehouse of superb Georgian heritage buildings which remain in largely original condition. Evandale hosts the Australian National Penny Farthing Championships in February each year. Evandale is an agricultural and administrative centre located on a knoll rising from highly modified plains.

Hollybank Treetops Adventure: visitors fly or glide across the treetops in an award winning and unique forest experience, gaining a bird's-eye view of Tasmania's beautiful forests. The adventure lasts up to three hours and is unlike any other Australian nature experience.

Pipers River wine region: with its red basalt soil and a cool climate moderated by the proximity of Bass Strait, this small but significant boutique wine region was established in 1974. With a climate close to that of Champagne in France, it is known simply as ‘Sparkling Tasmania’. Many of Tasmania’s premium sparkling wines originate here. It is particularly suited to the aromatic white varieties.

Beaconsfield: an Historic goldmining town on the West Tamar Highway, which services the many small communities located on the western side of the Tamar Valley. Relics of the old Tasmania Gold Mine (pithead erected in 1904) and the York Town memorial nearby (site of a settlement in 1804 by officers under the command of Lieut. Gov. William Paterson) are popular attractions.

Barnbougle Dunes: a hidden gem and home to one of the world's top Links golf courses. The golf links, built on undulating coastal dunes, is the work of famed golf architect Tom Doak and Australia's Michael Clayton. The breathtaking landscape upon which the course has been created mirrors the wild coastal links courses of Scotland and Ireland and as Barnbougle continues to develop with age it looks set to follow in the footsteps of these great courses. Barnbougle Dunes has been ranked the No.1 public course in Australia and No.7 in the world.

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