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Holm Oak Vineyards

Bec Duffy
5 September 2018 | Bec Duffy

Top Tips for Visiting Launceston


Did you know the Tamar Valley Region – the home of Holm Oak – is under an hour’s drive from beautiful Launceston? That’s less than a whole episode of The Block. So if you’re planning a Tasmanian escape this summer and want to check out gorgeous scenery, sip on delicious Holm Oak wines and meet our very friendly swine Pinot d’ Pig, come to our cellar door and stay for the day.

Our cellar door is always open (between 11am and 5pm that is!) with all our great wines available for tasting. Dry or sweet, light or full-bodied drops, the choice is yours. We also have our home-grown cider available for tasting. Winning! Your wines can be taken to the next level with a range of local produce, including cheese, terrines and salmon.

Bring the kids, who can take apples from our on-site orchard and feed our resident Pinot d’Pig. We might be off the beaten track, but we’d love to welcome you to Holm Oak one day this summer.

Other hot spots to check out on your way to Holm Oak…

Making mines

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Holm Oak vineyards is the always interesting Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre, where you can learn about the history of the Beaconsfield Mines, engage with over 10,000 historical pieces from Beaconsfield and the Tamar Valley, and interact with buttons, tunnels and levers throughout the grounds while searching for gold. There’s even a 3D experience to take you into the mine and discover what lies beneath. Visit the website →

Get wild

Another must for your time in Launceston is to discover the great outdoors and there’s no better place to do that than at The Cataract Gorge. Only a 15-minute walk from Launceston’s city centre is mother nature at her best. Take a ride on the Scenic Chairlift and view the gorgeous surrounds from high above, wander the pathway along the cliff face and take in the views of the South Esk River, or chow down on a Basin Burger or some Creamy Seafood Chowder for lunch at the Basin Café. Day sorted. Visit the website →

Horsing around

Ever wondered what a Seahorse farm might look like? Wonder no more. Born from research by local marine biologists to help protect the species, Seahorse World in Beauty Point (around 50 minutes from Launceston) gets you up close and personal with this underwater creature in its unique habitat. The Cave of the Seahorse exhibit features various types of seahorses, while The Southern Ocean Aquarium – where the headline act meets seadragons, cuttlefish and even sharks – provides a sensory overload of the aquatic kind. Plus, the kids will love the touch pool so much, you’ll be hard pressed to get them outta there. Visit the website →

Off to market

Every Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm the local farmers and friendly volunteers get together to host the Harvest Launceston, Community Farmers’ Market to show off their produce and sell their wares. Chat to the stallholders about how best to cook their delicious local produce and discover what’s in season, or stop and have a bite of tasty ready-to-eat foods on offer. Korean pancakes or Tasmania’s best seafood plates, anyone? It’s a must visit. Visit the website →

Talk to the animals

After a day out and about driving through Tamar Valley to Launceston, keep heading south as the sun sets, and meet the local fauna. Low Head Penguin Tours is a beautiful family experience you’ll never forget. Gathering at the Coastal Reserve beach, which is right on magnificent Bass Straight, where you’ll see Little Blue Penguins (you might know them as Fairy Penguins) waddle onto the beach from the water. If you listen really carefully you might hear them sing when they come out of the surf. It’s Happy Feet in real life! For tour details, read more. Visit the website →


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