A visit to Tassie is pure magic. You’ve not experienced the deep south of Australia until you’ve taken a road trip through the Tamar Valley region, stopped in at our cellar door, enjoyed the fresh, local produce, thrown an apple or six at the delightful Pinot d’ Pig and explored some of Tasmania’s best scenic routes.
So, are you ready to find out where to drop the pin on your map? Here are our top picks of places to see, visit and explore in the Tamar Valley. We promise it’s worth the trip!
Above the Tamar Valley lies Notley Fern Gorge – a patch of rainforest, filled with the scent of eucalyptus due to the abundance of mature trees providing a canopy above the understory, walking track and picnic area at ground level below. As you wander around the 45-minute track, learn about the local flora and fauna, and lay your eyes on the mystical burnt out “Bradey’s Tree”, an infamous stop within the state reserve for its bushranger ties and naming rights. And it’s only 20 minutes from Holm Oak’s winery, so you can sit back and enjoy a glass of our very best when you’re done with your eco-friendly history lesson.
With dedicated seating at the Tamar Island Wetlands, bird watching has never been so fun. Tuck yourself and the family away in the “bird hide” while observing the wetland birds frolic on the lagoon. Be sure to make a stop at the interpretation centre and listen in on the centre’s talk about the ecology of the local area, learning all about the space before heading across to the island and the wetlands themselves, via the boardwalk. There’s a barbeque, picnic area and shop to ensure you have everything for a great day out. BYO bottle from Holm Oak – we’re just down the road!
Set on the edge of the Tamar River is the Tamar Valley Art Shack where you can immerse yourself in the local creative scene and see works from local Tasmanian artisans. In-house artist and Art Shack owner Dan Villiers is more than happy to chat technique and talk you through his pieces as you wander through the gallery. Or, if you’re sticking around, take a lesson. Dan has a lot to share – rates start at $60 per hour. You know what goes beautifully with a piece of art? A glass of Holm Oak 2016 Pinot Noir. Because artists drink red, right?
The family that zip lines together, stays together! At Tasmania’s most breathtaking treetop attraction you’ll find the best bonding experience for the adventurers at heart. If the lines are too high for you and your crew, choose the more civilised rope tour or hop on a Segway and zoom around the forest floor on two wheels instead. With expert guides and safety on point, the team at Hollybank Treetops Adventure ensures you have the most amazing day exploring the forest reserve, which includes native and exotic forest foliage. Plus, at this time of year, the fire is roaring at the Hollybank Café. So stop by for a coffee and a light snack after the adrenalin rush.
The most scenic place to appreciate the Tamar Valley? From the deck of a Tamar River Cruise boat. Family owned for more than two decades, Tamar River Cruises has something to suit every sea-faring tourist. Cruise for 50 minutes and hear about the history of the area, while taking in the spectacular Cataract Gorge. Or opt for four hours on the open water and enjoy local produce with your lunch on board. The choice is yours.
When you’re done exploring, before you pack up and head home, be sure to follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route past Holm Oak so we can say goodbye. (And ensure you take one of your favourite drops from our cellar door as a souvenir!)
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