Travel to Northern Tasmania – Episode 886

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Travel to Northern Tasmania (Podcast) - Visit Northern Tasmania for its its stunning landscapes, abundant adventure activities, and culinary delights.

Hear about travel to Northern Tasmania as the Amateur Traveler talks to Paula Barnes from about an unexpected visit to this popular region.

Why should you go to Northern Tasmania?

Paula says, “Firstly, it’s because it’s now classed as 1 of the 50 cities that is the City of Gastronomy. Australia has 2. We have 1 in Bendigo but we also now have 1 in Launceston and it’s a foodie’s paradise. It’s also an amazing landscape and it’s an adventure area.  I thought this part of the world had Queenstown in New Zealand, but I’m telling you now, I think Queenstown needs to move over because I think this part of the world has as many amazing adventure things to do. We don’t have bungee jumping, but we have everything else.”

Suggested Itinerary:

Day 1: Launceston Exploration and Culinary Delights

  • Morning: Arrive in Launceston by flying from Hobart, driving from Hobart, or driving from Devonport and taking the ferry. Start your day at the Launceston Harvest Market to indulge in local produce and culinary delights. If it’s not a Saturday, explore the cafes in Launceston, such as Tattler Lane by Sweet Brew, known for its excellent coffee and breakfast offerings.
  • Midday: Visit the Japanese monkeys in the park, a unique attraction gifted by Launceston’s sister city, Aikido, in Japan. Take a leisurely stroll through the park and explore its historical significance.
  • Afternoon: Immerse yourself in history at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, showcasing artifacts and stories of the region’s past.
  • Evening: Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at Bar Urbane, overlooking the scenic Tamar River, followed by a delightful Asian fusion dinner at Mudbar, known for its seafood and eclectic flavors.

Accommodation: Choose between Big 4 Caravan Park for a budget-friendly option with self-catering facilities or Pepper’s Seaport Hotel or Florance Launceston for a more luxurious stay with convenient car parking.

Day 2: Explore Evandale and Enjoy Local Spirits

  • Morning: Venture to Evandale, known for its historical charm and hosting the Guinness World Record penny farthing championships. Explore the town’s antique shops, boutiques, and cafes.
  • Midday: Choose between visiting Western Tiers Distillery for a gin-tasting experience, featuring local botanicals, or James Boag Brewery for a tour and tasting of renowned Australian beer.
  • Afternoon: Embark on a hike or nature walk in Meander Valley, encountering native wildlife such as echidnas, wombats, and unique Northern Tasmanian wallabies.
  • Evening: Dine at a local restaurant or enjoy a barbecue using fresh produce sourced from the Launceston Harvest Market.

Day 3: Adventure in Nature

  • Morning: Depending on the weather, opt for river sledding for an exhilarating water adventure or go mountain biking in Ben Lomond National Park for a thrilling outdoor experience.
  • Afternoon: Take a leisurely hike along the Quomby Bluff Track to admire the stunning natural landscapes and spot native wildlife.
  • Evening: Treat yourself to a delicious Italian dinner at Barstello, featuring locally sourced ingredients and authentic flavors.

Day 4: Wine Tour in Northern Tasmania

  • Morning: Begin your day with a wine tour in Northern Tasmania, renowned for its excellent cool-climate wines, especially Pinot Noir and sparkling varieties. Consider indulging in a trifecta wine tour, where you’ll visit three wineries and enjoy tastings accompanied by a delicious lunch, all while taking in breathtaking aerial views via helicopter. Alternatively, opt for a guided wine tour or explore the vineyards at your own pace by driving yourself.
  • Afternoon: Visit acclaimed wineries like Swinging Gate Vineyard, known for its blind wine tastings and charming atmosphere. Experience unique tastings and perhaps even meet Nelly, the famous vineyard dog with a dedicated following on social media.
  • Evening: After a day of wine tasting and exploration, enjoy a relaxed evening either dining out at a local restaurant or ordering in with options like Uber Eats. Take the opportunity to unwind and reflect on your wine-filled adventures in Northern Tasmania.

Day 5: Adventure in Mole Creek

  • Morning: Embark on an adventure-filled day exploring Mole Creek, known for its stunning landscapes and outdoor activities. Join a guided tour of the Wild Caves with a knowledgeable local guide who can share insights into the area’s history and geological formations.
  • Midday: Enjoy a picnic lunch provided by your tour guide, fueling up for more exploration.
  • Afternoon: Continue your adventure with activities such as canyoning and abseiling, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty of the Mole Creek region. 
  • Evening: After a thrilling day of adventure, take the evening to relax and recuperate. Consider a quiet night in or explore dining options in the area to satisfy your appetite.

Day 6: Hollybank Treetops Adventure Park

  • Morning: Spend the day at Hollybank Treetops Adventure Park, where you can partake in various thrilling activities amidst the lush Tasmanian forest. Options include ziplining, rope courses, Segway tours, and mountain biking.
  • Midday: Enjoy lunch at the park’s cafeteria, refueling for more adventure in the afternoon. Take in the natural beauty surrounding you and relish the sense of freedom and exhilaration.
  • Afternoon: Continue your exploration of the adventure park, trying out different activities and embracing the adrenaline rush. Engage with knowledgeable tour guides who can enhance your experience with insights into the local flora, fauna, and history.
  • Evening: As the sun sets on your day of adventure, unwind and reflect on the memories created amidst the treetops. Consider a quiet evening in or venture out to nearby dining options for a satisfying meal.

Day 7: Discovering Cataract Gorge and Historical Sites

  • Morning: Begin your day with a visit to Cataract Gorge, one of the most iconic natural attractions in Northern Tasmania. Explore the walking paths, take a scenic chairlift ride, and learn about the area’s indigenous history on guided tours.
  • Midday: Enjoy lunch at the gorge’s cafeteria, savoring the tranquil surroundings and panoramic views. Take advantage of the swimming pool if visiting during the warmer months and immerse yourself in the beauty of this natural oasis.
  • Afternoon: Explore historical sites such as Brigeton and Warmers Lane, gaining insights into Tasmania’s convict past and colonial heritage. Wander through preserved homesteads and rural settlements, appreciating the region’s rich history.
  • Evening: Conclude your 7-day itinerary with a memorable dining experience at Stillwater Restaurant in Launceston. Indulge in gourmet cuisine set within a historic flour mill, soaking in the ambiance and flavors of Northern Tasmania.

Note: This itinerary is designed for warmer weather and excludes activities not suitable for the summer season, such as winter sports and truffle hunting.

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Show Notes

Truly Expat Travel
Launceston, Tasmania
Port Arthur, Tasmania
Harvest Market Launceston
Tatler Lane by Sweetbrew, Launceston
Launceston City Park Japanese Macaques
Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
Bar Urbane, Launceston
Mudbar Restaurant, Launceston
BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park
Peppers Seaport Hotel, Launceston
The Florance Hotel, Launceston
Evandale, Tasmania
National Penny Farthing Championship | Evandale, Tasmania
Ned Kelly
Clarendon Arms Hotel, Evandale
Western Tiers Distillery
James Boag Brewery
Ben Lomond National Park
River Sledding
Quamby Bluff Trail, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain
The Truffle Farm Tasmania
Fork it Farm
Stelo Restaurant
THE 10 BEST Tasmania Wine Tasting Tours (Updated 2024)
Helicopter Wine tasting Tours
Swinging Gate Vineyard
Wild Cave Tours – Mole Creek caving adventures
Treetops Adventure Hollybank, Launceston
Cataract Gorge
Bush tucker
A Bridgerton-Inspired Escape to Tasmania
Woolmers Estate
Stillwater Restaurant and Seven Rooms, Launceston
Northern Tasmania 7-Day Itinerary – Truly Expat Travel


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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

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