Wine and dine your way through Launceston.
Tasmania provides Australia with some of its best produce ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to seafood, red meat and cheeses.
The state is full of food and wine secrets just waiting to be discovered. In fact, there are so many hidden gems here that exploring the island is like one big treasure hunt with delicious rewards. From intimate organic bakeries favoured by locals, to foodie crawls by bus that take you on a gastronomic adventure, there is plenty to explore.
“I’ve always known Tasmania as a great adventure destination with its rugged peaks, lush green forests and surrounding seas full of wildlife, but on this trip, my adventure was the food. With some of the cleanest air and water on the planet, it’s the perfect conditions for honey production, wine-making and succulent seafood. It was great to see how proud Tasmanians were of their locally sourced food.” Jason Godfrey, Savour Australia.
Spend two days exploring Launceston and surrounds and taste the fresh produce and award winning wines available in this region.
Day one - morning
Breakfast in Launceston
Start your journey in Tasmania’s food and wine hub, Launceston. Located in the Inveresk Precinct of Launceston is Blue Café bar, known for sourcing local, organic and free-range produce and the perfect place to stop for a hearty breakfast. Select from one of the many tempting items on the seasonal menu including sweet corn and chilli fritters with coriander, tomato, avocado, chilli jam, rocket and yogurt.
Visit Melita Honey Farm
From Launceston, drive just under 50 minutes to the small town of Chudleigh to visit the Melita Honey Farm. Just like Jason Godfrey from Savour Australia, you will be able to see the honeybees up close and sample delicious honey like the iconic Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey. Before leaving don’t forget to taste their delicious honey ice-cream made fresh in Chudleigh.
Lunch at Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm
For more delicious and fresh Tasmanian produce, visit Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm, a short 15 minute drive from Chudleigh. This working 12 acre farm has fresh raspberries by the bowlful available between December and May. Stop here for lunch at their on-site café, serving up a range of dishes including a slow roasted rib eye beef sandwich served with local bacon on sour dough with tomato relish.
Day one - afternoon
Tour the James Boag’s Brewery
Drive approximately 40 minutes back to Launceston to James Boag’s Brewery. The brewery located on the banks of the Esk River in Launceston was established by James Boag the first and his son James Boag the second in 1883. The 90 minute guided tour of the brewery provides an insight into its operations and is followed by a beer tasting.
Dinner with a view
Tonight, head to Hallam’s Waterfront restaurant with beautiful views of the. This award winning restaurant serves up local, fresh seafood with a wine list that is predominately Tasmanian. You will be spoilt for choice with dishes such as oven roasted Tasmanian Atlantic salmon with steamed St Helen’s clams, prawn bisque, Paris mash and crispy fried Black Forest prosciutto.
Spend the night in Launceston
Stay the night at Sebel Launceston located within walking distance to Cataract Gorge where you will begin your day tomorrow.
Day two - morning
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel or alternatively head straight to Cataract Gorge where you can enjoy breakfast with a view at the Basin Café, open from 8am.
Explore Cataract Gorge
Located just minutes from Launceston’s centre is the jewel of the city, Cataract Gorge. This natural attraction features walls of vertical cliffs lining the South Esk River and is surrounded by a wildlife reserve, making it an excellent playground for a leisurely morning.
The gorge features recreational parks dotted with strutting peacocks, beautiful scenic walks, rock climbing and spots where you can take a refreshing swim in the river. A walk over the suspension bridge is a must, and the 400 metre chairlift ferries you over the First Basin and brings the remarkable gorge into a whole new perspective.
Day two - afternoon
Wine tasting at Josef Chromy
A short 15 minute drive from Launceston, set in the idyllic surrounds of the Tamar Valley wine growing region is the Josef Chromy winery, an award-winning combination of excellent wines, a welcoming cellar door and one of the state's more celebrated restaurants.
Finely crafted from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, these cool climate wines are marked by character and elegance and can be sampled at the cellar door, situated in a charming 1880s farmhouse. For lovers of chocolate, you may like to book in for a wine and chocolate tasting where you will be able to sample one of Tasmania’s delicious Cocobean chocolates.
Dinner at Josef Chromy restaurant
Tonight dine at the contemporary Josef Chromy restaurant that overlooks the picturesque vineyards and lake. Head chef Matt Adams serves fresh local produce and innovative dishes to enjoy with signature Chromy wines. Some of the delicious dishes you can expect to see on the menu include pasture fed Black Angus scotch fillet with smoked marrow and miso butter, braised cabbage with carroway and speck.