Road Trip: Launceston, Devonport & Burnie
A visit to one of Australia’s oldest cities is not just one steeped in history but also in art, nature, culture, food, and wine. Located riverside in northern Tasmania, Launceston has plenty on offer for road-trippers. An afternoon cruise to Cataract Gorge is highly recommended, as is a trip to the unusual Seahorse World.
With four wine trails covering an extensive region, a tour of at least one of the areas is a Launceston must-do. World-class produce accompanies the fine Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs that grow here. The Tamar Valley Wine Trail is a popular option, or you can book a discounted Josef Chromy wine-tasting tour with lunch.
From Launceston, drive 80 minutes to the small coastal city of Devonport, where the Mersey River meets the Bass Strait. It’s no surprise that watersports are popular here, including kayaking, sailing, rowing, and fishing. The Bass Strait Maritime Centre provides a fascinating interactive display of Devonport’s maritime history.
To revel in the area’s natural beauty, walk to the Mersey Bluff Lighthouse or take one of the city’s extensive walking and biking tracks. The Tasmanian Arboretum is popular for its native flora and platypus sightings. Reward your efforts at the House of Anvers with delicious artisanal chocolates.
Onwards to Burnie, 45 kilometres from Devonport. The art deco buildings, Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens, and nearby Guide Falls are reason enough to include Burnie in your Tasmanian road trip. However, it’s visiting Little Penguins that has the biggest appeal. From March to October, take a free dusk tour to see Burnie’s waddling residents at the Burnie Penguin Centre.
Got more holiday days? Why not detour back to Launceston or Hobart via Cradle Mountain? Marion’s Lookout is a well-loved hike for its breathtaking scenery, particularly in summer when the wildflowers bloom.
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