Indulge in many of Northern Tasmania’s food and beverage boutique products.

 Northern Tasmania and Launceston tasting trail

Day one

Half Day Wine Tour

Valleybrook Wine Tours is the longest operating specialist wine tour in the Launceston Tamar Valley region and rated number one on Trip Advisor. You will experience some of the best cool climate wines Tassie has to offer. Tours can be personalised to your tastes to include more reds, whites or sparkling!  They don’t just drive you to drink; they will also help you have fun!

Keep in mind Full-day tours don’t operate between June and August. However, all of the half-day experiences are available all year round.

Boag’s Tour

Discover the ultimate beer lover’s experience. Take a tour of James Boag’s historic brewery in Launceston, Tasmania. Tours start and finish at the Boag’s Centre for Beer Lovers; situated in the historic Tamar Hotel, open seven days a week. The Centre features a museum, gift shop and a bar and cafe. Here you can taste the beer, enjoy a coffee and have a delicious, light lunch.

The 90-minute fully guided experience provides a comprehensive insight into all stages of the brewing and packaging process. Following this is a tasting of James Boag’s award winning beers accompanied by some of Tasmania’s finest cheeses.  So why not go along and discover . . .who is James Boags?

Day two

Red Feather Inn Cooking Class

The Red Feather Cooking School has been created as an added dimension to the Red Feather Inn Boutique Accommodation. Owner Lydia Nettlefold, house chefs and visiting guest chefs aim to share their wealth of knowledge – a passion for good food, the enjoyment of cooking and the splendour of Tasmanian produce. At the Red Feather Inn they believe that a shared table with fine food, wine and conversation is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Make sure to book early for this one as it only runs on selected Saturday mornings.

Footy Game

Get your Brown and Gold on and go and support our local team! There is nothing as exciting as a live game of football played at the top level. The extra special part of a game at Aurora is the size of the stadium, seating only 21,000, every seat is the best seat in the house!

Make sure to check out the Tassie Tasting Corner to find something new and different to indulge in at the footy!

 

Day Three

Meander Valley Tasting Trail.
From Launceston to Mole Creek, there is a scattering of primary producers, makers, and other delicious treats. These are just a few of the many:

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Whether it’s a glass of Tasmanian wine, a quick cafe meal or takeaway homemade raspberry ice-cream, the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe’s chefs use the freshest local ingredients and stands by its tag line ‘the way life should taste’. In winter, sit by the fire overlooking the beautiful lakeside setting or sit in the garden room which opens up in summer to encourage alfresco dining.

The Farm Shop offers free tastings with a compulsory free chocolate-coated raspberry. We are warning you though, you will be addicted after the first bite!  You are also welcome to stroll around the lakeside information walk overlooking birdlife and the commercial raspberry farm.

 

41 Degrees South

41 Degrees South is a salmon farm, wetland and ginseng plantation near Deloraine, Tasmania.

The Farm is a family-owned business focusing on ecologically sustainable aquaculture. Located in native bushland, the farm grows salmon in natural conditions, without chemicals or antibiotics, using environmentally sustainable practices. 41 Degrees South also has an organic ginseng plantation, and is a pioneer of commercial ginseng farming in Tasmania.

You can take a self-guided walking tour of the salmon farm. Here you will learn how the fish are raised and how the water is re-circulated through the natural biofilter system, using the wetland. Explore the natural and man-made wetland areas and take a walk along the banks of the Western Rivulet. Here you’ll see a diverse array of vegetation from woodland to wetland grasses, and encounter the resident wildlife.

Visit the shop to sample hot-smoked salmon products, browse the 41 Degrees South range including organic ginseng root products and ginseng-infused spirits, honey, spices, chocolate, nougat and essence. Or relax on the deck with a freshly-prepared meal made from 41 Degrees South smoked salmon.

Ashgrove cheese

Ashgrove Farm Cheese is a family owned business which has been making superb traditional English country cheese for generations.

Cheesemaker Jane Bennett honed her skills in England before putting them to good use in the family business in Northern Tasmania. Despite adhering to traditional techniques, she has not been afraid to push the boundaries. She produces niche products such as wasabi cheese and lavender cheese.

You can now view the cheese making and maturing area from the shop, where you can taste Ashgrove cheeses before buying. Other quality Tasmanian cheeses are for sale, as well as chutneys and relishes to eat with them and a selection of Tasmanian wines.

Melita Chudleigh Honey Farm

The Melita Honey Farm at Chudleigh is an ideal place to take a break on the drive between Deloraine and Mole Creek. Visitors to The Honey Farm can sample more than 50 varieties of honey and honey ice-creams, buy medicinal and beauty products made from honey, and watch live bees at work in a specially constructed glass hive.

Honey’s are sourced from right across Tasmania. They include traditional island favourites such as leatherwood, clover and brown-top stringy bark varieties, alongside a tempting array of honey blends, spiced honeys and spreads.

 

Recommendations:

  • Bookings for tours and cooking classes are essential! Launceston is inundated with visitors when its is an AFL footy weekend so it’s a great idea to book in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Same goes for restaurants, if you have your heart set one on in particular make sure to book!
  • For a list of recommended restaurants and places to get a good cup of coffee you will find them in the “We Recommend” section of this website.