A four-night re­turn tour of Launce­s­ton, Bicheno, St He­lens, and Brid­port.

Amazing Tasmania - - SELF-DRIVE ITINERARIES -

Dis­tance: 709km


Af­ter disem­barka­tion, head to the House of An­vers cho­co­late fac­tory and café for a de­li­cious Bel­gian break­fast, ex­plor­ing the tast­ing room and mu­seum be­fore you go. On the way to Launce­s­ton, make a short de­tour to one of the mag­nif­i­cent Mole Creek Caves near Delo­raine, then drop into Melita Honey Farm in Chudleigh for a tast­ing and to watch the bees at work. Once in Launce­s­ton, check in to Pep­pers Sea­port Ho­tel, over­look­ing the Tamar River, then meander along the river­side to Stillwater, re­garded as one of Launce­s­ton’s finest restau­rants, for din­ner.


Start your day at De­sign Tas­ma­nia, which houses an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of lo­cally made fur­ni­ture, then shop for food and wine at The Mill and The Pinot Shop. Take the slow route to Bicheno via Rel­bia wine coun­try and the his­toric vil­lage of Evan­dale, with a stop at the Tas­ma­nian Gourmet Sauce Com­pany for some of Tassie’s best condi­ments. Bicheno is just un­der two hours’ drive (via Lake Leake) – aim to ar­rive in time for the Bicheno Pen­guin Tour at dusk, then head for your self-con­tained ac­com­mo­da­tion at Bicheno by the Bay and en­joy a self-catered meal of Tas­ma­nian pro­duce.


From Bicheno, take the short drive to St He­lens. The coastal route passes by Iron­house Brew­ery, where you can stop and sam­ple craft beers. Book a char­ter with Michael Ha­ley’s Gone Fish­ing Char­ters and you may even catch your own din­ner. If the fish aren’t bit­ing, dine on lo­cal seafood at the Blue Shed Restau­rant then head to Tidal Waters Re­sort for the night.


Head for Brid­port, tak­ing a side-trip to Pyen­gana Dairy Com­pany to try their award­win­ning ched­dar cheeses and ice creams, and make the short walk to view Saint Columba Falls. Brid­port is the home of Barn­bougle, where you can play a round of golf on one of its two iconic golf cour­ses, have a spa treat­ment with a view be­fore din­ner, and book into one of the re­sort’s el­e­gant suites for the night.


Spend your fi­nal morn­ing vis­it­ing vine­yards in the Pipers River re­gion, en­sur­ing De­lamere Vine­yards and Bay of Fires are on your hit list. In sea­son, from late spring through to the end of sum­mer, pick your own fruit at Hill­wood Berry Farm. Fi­nally, drop into Bridestowe Laven­der Es­tate or the Laven­der House at Rowella to watch its per­fumers at work. From Rowella, it’s just over an hour’s drive to the Spirit of Tas­ma­nia ter­mi­nal.

2 Stillwater Restau­rant

Bridestowe Laven­der Es­tate

Hill­wood Berry Farm

Bicheno Pen­guin Tours

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