GETTING HERE FROM THE MAINLAND
Launceston Airport is a modern contemporary facility and the Gateway to Northern Tasmania. It manages flights to and from mainland Australian cities. The major airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly these routes. If you book early enough, you may even get a direct flight if you are coming from Sydney or Brisbane. There are a number of flights per day between Melbourne and the city. www.launcestonairport.com.au
The Spirit of Tasmania offers a modern ferry service between Melbourne and Launceston. Offering on board accommodation and both day and night sailings. www.spiritoftasmania.com.au
HOW TO USE OUR TRANSPORT HUBS
We have organised a range of travel options to best suit your individual style. To leave the car at home, choose our extensive hop-on-hop off bus network. We are adding other options such as organised tours and chauffeured classic cars (c’ubas) between now and the Festival weekend. Get your JOURNEY ticket and you will also get regular updates.
VINTAGE: TAMAR 2020 runs for two days and wine tasting is free at each of our vineyard hosts marked on the map. From the central base of Launceston you can leave the car behind and travel out around the wine route marked by the pink line using our special shuttle buses. We have arranged three transport hubs along the way where you can use circular hop on and off buses for each of the vineyards within that hub. When you're ready, cross over to the next hub. Buses will also be returning to Launceston regularly over each day.
These three transport hubs are marked on the map as circles containing the vineyards. Your purchases can be managed in wine boxes on the buses. Vineyards may be found on the map by name and their corresponding green conversation mark.
The range of the three transport hubs are marked with circles:
NORTH WEST TAMAR HUB: 7 VINEYARDS
WEST TAMAR HUB: 6 VINEYARDS
EAST TAMAR HUB: 8 VINEYARDS
RELBIA: 1 VINEYARD
TAMAR VALLEY VINEYARD DOZEN
Tamar Valley Wine vignerons want you to get your wine home safely. Just ask for a branded box at your first vineyard host.
Collect a dozen wines as you go around. When the box is full you can then leave your collection with the host venue where it will be sent home for you, just for the cost of the freight. Want more wine? Ask for another box. No limits.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN THE TAMAR VALLEY?
Autumn in Tasmania is a beautiful time to visit. With approaching winter the trees take on different colours and the vine and orchard leaves turn from russet to golden as dormancy sets in.
While nature programs a time of hibernation, vignerons are gearing up for the annual pruning of vines. Vineyard work never stops and wineries are busy places over winter.
At the end of May, temperatures range from 5-14 0C in Launceston which is described as having a 'continental' climate as it is 50km from the northern coast of Tasmania. The weather can be variable with some rain, wind and lower temperatures in some places you will find yourself on THE JOURNEY. Best to be prepared, with indoor winter clothing and a coat and hat which can be removed in the warm cellar doors. In the evening the 'Tassie tux' or puffer coat will be de rigeur for men and women as it is for most Tasmanians in the winter.