A short drive from Tasmania’s northern hub of Launceston takes you to the Tamar Valley, one of Australia’s most beautiful wine routes. It sprawls between the Tamar River and the mighty Bass Strait, with conditions that are ideal for growing cool-climate grapes and rolling landscapes that offer a picturesque backdrop.

There are more than 30 wineries to discover on a self-driving tour, as well as charismatic country towns and beautiful beaches. Stop in at the gorgeous cellar door of Josef Chromy Wines to sample their famed sparkling while dining on modern Australian cuisine in the lakeside restaurant. Or sip on Tasmania’s renowned Pinot Noir at Ninth Island overlooking the waters of the Tamar River.

In addition to its outstanding wines, the Tamar Valley’s fertile soils are also ideal for growing a range of produce. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the local truffles, olives and artisan cheese, as well as hazelnuts, stone fruits and berries. Stop in at the historic museums and art galleries along the wine touring route and discover the rich maritime heritage in historic George Town.

While touring the Tamar Valley, be sure to stop at Low Head Coastal Park where penguins can be seen waddling to shore at dusk. Low Head is the most northerly point of Tasmania and home to Australia’s oldest continuously operated Pilot Station and the Low Head Lighthouse. If times allows, make a detour to Narawntapu National Park to wildlife spot and soak up the views of Badger Head and Bass Strait