The Tamar Valley is Tasmania's oldest wine growing area and home to a number of great cool-climate wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a variety of Sparkling wines. Within 40 minutes drive of Launceston, the Tamar Valley is easily accessible and the cellar doors are situated along the well sign-posted 'wine route'. Home to over 30 vineyards, there are a range of different experiences to be had here, from the larger well known and established cellar doors to some fantastic boutique family owned ones. This is certainly a destination for lovers of wine, beautiful settings (the Autumn colours are absolutely spectacular) and welcoming experiences.
Launceston is a great base from which to explore the Tamar Valley and it has a number of fantastic eateries, including Stillwater, The Black Cow Bistro and Pierres. Another great foodie destination is the Saturday morning Harvest market which has a variety of different offerings. Other must do's whilst in Launceston are a wander through City Park, where you can view the Japanese monkey enclosure, as well as a walk through Cataract Gorge (to work off all that food and wine!!)