Where to stay in the Tamar Valley
High class camping with river frontage, at Clarence Point up at the top end of the valley. This place is living embodiment of the theory that you don't have to rough it when you're camping. Guests are housed in luxurious safari tents with queen size beds dressed in Egyptian cotton. There are roaring fires, vintage steamer trunks and Persian style carpets to transport you back in time to when camping was all about the glamour. Perhaps best of all is the gin bar, stocked with an array of Tasmanian artisan spirits!
Okay, so we're a little biased. We'd love you to come and stay in our Gourmet Farm Stay accommodation at Langdale Farm. It's a taste of rural life like you've never had before, the chance to stay on a tiny free range pig farm with real life gourmet farmers.
We stock the fridge with goodies from Langdale Farm, and a tour of the farm to see the pigs being fed and chat to Oliver about the smokers is included in your stay. It's one of the most tranquil spots you'll find - and ideally placed as a base from which to explore in all directions. If you're looking for winery accomodation, your host Fiona Stocker works with the Tamar Valley Wine Route and can give you tips on which cellar doors will suit your particular taste. We're half an hour from Launceston, and from the National Parks and north coast beaches, historic towns like Westbury and Deloraine, and on the way to Cradle Mountain too. We get five star reviews from guests for the warmth of our welcome, and frequently have guests wishing they'd stayed for longer, once they realise just how much there is to explore in the Tamar, and what a lovely region it is. We're also dog friendly.
Low Heads Pilot Station
Want to get a little more off the beaten track and stay somewhere with a real historic vibe? Low Head Pilot Station still operates today, guiding ships in from the Bass Strait through the heads and into the Tamar River. The pilot station is a scenic spot made up of historic buildings arranged in a precinct on the coast which date back to 1805. That makes it the oldest pilot and signal station in Australia. A very scenic collection of 19th century buildings overlooks Bass Strait. In the largest you'll find a fascinating maritime museum assembled and run by volunteers. There's a tiny cafe with views out over the harbour and and the sea to enjoy over your steaming cappuccino. And nine cottages lovingly refurbished now allow visitors to stay for longer and enjoy the pristine beaches, magnificent views, and evening penguin tours.
The swankiest boutique accommodation in the East Tamar, and well worth taking a detour for. The Trig is architect designed eco-luxury accommodation, with two options - one a studio and one a repurposed shipping container, renovated to a luxury standard. The unique one-bedroom getaway has a king sized bed, fine Tasmanian wines, and art materials. The thing that appears in all the Instagram shots, however, is the outside bath tub, complete with views of Mount Arthur. The place is surrounded by bush and natural landscapes and wildlife abounds.
Not quite in the Tamar Valley but at the bottom of it in Launceston, and offering great novelty value. The Silos Hotel is a redevelopment of historic grain silos which sat empty in the city's port for decades, until being re-imagined and rebuilt by a local developer into this posh and luxurious hotel. It's in a sensational location overlooking the head of the Tamar and surrounded by water, and has a restaurant menu devised by celeb chef Massimo Mele. The place won the 2019 Gault & Millau New Restaurant of the Year award, and the rooms are spacious and well designed with a generous bar of Tasmanian drinkables. Not off the beaten track, but definitely the place to impress your loved one with a weekend hideaway.