Discover the Tamar Valley
The Tamar Valley is the perfect base camp from which you can embark on many iconic day trips including Cradle Mountian, Freycinet, Ben Lomond and the Bay of Fires.
A local wonder is the Cataract Gorge, situated approximately 1.5km from the city centre, the Gorge Scenic Chairlift is a fantastic way to take in the rugged beauty of the area. It is the longest single chairlift in the world, hovering over the breathtaking views of the Cataract Gorge and Basin.
Just 30 minutes from The River House is Notley Fern Gorge, a wet sclerophyll forest with a great walking track. It is home to the legendary 'Bradey's Tree'; named after the 1820's scallywag bushranger who hid with his gang in the forest to escape conviction.
Further afield is the historic town Stanley where you can board another chairlift to explore the volcanic grandeur of 'The Nut'. Here, you can also see penguins, seals and sea birds. A further 60km from Stanley is The World Heritage Tarkine forest which has strong cultural significance for Indigenous peoples. The temperate forest is home to a wide range of flora and fauna including the Tasmanian devil and both spotted-tailed and eastern quolls.
In the late 19th century, Launceston was a vibrant shipping town and its surrounding farmland became the food bowl for the Australian mainland colonies. The pride of Launceston is the largest intact collection of 19th century architecture in Australia. Dotted around the precinct are commercial, residential and farming buildings which have been retained in their colonial glory.
The Queen Victoria Museum, founded in Launceston in 1891 occupies two sites - the original art gallery building in Wellington Street and the historic museum in the old railway workshops at Inveresk. Well worth a visit for the historian and art enthusiast, it is one of Australia's finest regional museums and art gallery.
Franklin House, Entally House, Clarendon House, Woolmers Estate and Rose Garden are all owned by the National Trust and are located between 30 minutes to an hour away from The River House.
Food and Wine
Tasmania is famous for its clean air, fertile valleys, high yielding vineyards and premium fresh foods. Indulge your senses in the beautiful restaurants of Launceston and the Tamar Valley. The Tamar is Australia's premier cool-climate wine region and the oldest wine producing area in Australia. The Tamar Valley Wine Route is a diamond on any itinerary and is rated as “One of the Top 10 Wine Routes in the world” Essential Travel magazine (UK). Superb all year round, spend a day or two visiting the vineyard and collect your favourites as you go. At the end of your tour, the last winery you visit will pack and send your wines home for the cost of the freight.
For the adventurous soul there are thrills of all dimensions. Mountain bike riding at Blue Derby, zip lining and high ropes at Hollybank Treetop Adventures, caving at Mole Creek and canyoning at Cradle Mountain.
For bird watchers and nature lovers, you can 't go past Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, penguins at Low Head, The Tasmanian Zoo for a chance to see the Tassie Devils, Sea Horse World and Platypus world.
Other attractions include the National Automobile Museum, Launceston Tramway Museum, The National History Museum, Bridestow Lavender Farm, Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre and The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Further afield is the highly acclaimed Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), just outside of Hobart.