Welcome to Provincial Tamar!
From celebrated vineyards and local providores to extraordinary natural beauty and historic attractions, Provincial Tamar has it all.
Take a drive through rolling green hills linking small, laidback hubs and historic coastal settlements, breathe in the fresh air on a hike or bicycle expedition, and marvel at native woodland and wildlife – fairy penguins, anyone? Or sample artisanal produce and wines, explore a vibrant regional arts scene, and contemplate Tasmania’s history at heritage sites embedded in impressive natural landscapes.
Do it all, or kick back and do nothing at all. Whatever you choose, you’ll be won over by this beautiful, vibrant part of the country.
About the Area
Situated in northern Tasmania, this inviting region is known for its lush, emerald green landscape. And no wonder – it’s considered a gateway to the Tamar Valley, which is intersected by the Tamar River. This tidal waterway runs from the Bass Strait coast to cosmopolitan Launceston, which is less than an hour’s drive from the heart of provincial Tamar and offers an ideal connection for air travel from Australia’s mainland.
George Town is a fascinating hub of history and an ideal point from which to base your explorations in Provincial Tamar. Situated on the bank of the Tamar River, it’s steeped in maritime history, and is Australia’s third oldest colonial settlement after Sydney and Hobart. Much of this is preserved in buildings that remain in use today, along with museums such as the Bass and Flinders Centre and the Old Watch House.
Nearby, you’ll find Low Head. You can bike or walk from George Town via a 6km coastal trail that runs from York Cove, a major trading marina, to Australia’s oldest pilot station, now a maritime museum. The coastal reserve here is the place to catch a glimpse of the local penguins (the world’s smallest!), with guided viewings every night of the year through Low Head Penguin Tours.
Hillwood and Pipers River are hotspots for locally produced gourmet fare and wines from the region’s many outstanding vineyards.