The Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley has many attractions for the visitor, including Notley Fern Gorge, the Holwell Gorge and ‘Grindelwald’, a re-creation of a Swiss village in tranquil Tasmanian countryside. The Waterbird Haven is a display of native and exotic birds in specially developed aviaries along a half kilometre stretch of the river.

Beaconsfield, north of Launceston on the west side of the Tamar River, was once the site of the State’s biggest gold mine and the impressive brick ruins still dominate the town. Gold was first discovered in 1869 and by late last century more than 50 companies worked the surrounding gold fields. In its heyday Beaconsfield thrived in the shadow of the mineheads to become one of Tasmania’s biggest towns. The famous Grubb Shaft, which today houses an award winning museum, was part of the old Tasmania Mine.