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The Tamar Valley

A short drive north of Launceston, The Tamar Valley is actually on both sides of the river and is referred to as East and West Tamar. West Tamar has the towns of Exeter, Beaconsfield and Beauty Point which all have much to offer families. The West Tamar really is one big playground.

Starting in Riverside you have the pool centre with waterslide, kids’ pools and Olympic sized main pool, Tailrace Park with a kid friendly maze, BBQ, playground and loads of space to run around. Don’t miss Kids Paradise at the Tailrace centre, which hosts kids activities non-stop, from the play centre to craft activities, there is sure to be something for everyone. Not far away are the Tamar Island Wetlands with a great short walk – you’ll see many birds, frogs and spy on the ducks, swans and other water birds from the hideout.

Take time to visit the Tassie Devils, meerkats and dinosaurs at Tasmania Zoo and enjoy their huge undercover cafe. Stop in at Grindelwald for paddle boats, mini-golf, jumping pillow and a chocolate cafe – feel free to stay a night or two. So many kids activities and things to do, you will want to stay.

Next stop is the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre with tunnels, animal hunts, gold panning and lots of buttons to push, levers to pull and hands on displays. 5 minutes away you can double up at Beauty Point and see the platypus and echidnas at Platypus House and seahorses, hermit crabs, starfish and other cool fish at Seahorse World. Be ‘A-Mazed’ at Glengarry Bush Maze and enjoy great coffee as you make your way along the Tamar. Now relax by the sea with Greens Beach and West Head only 10 minutes away – swim, build sandcastles, catch a fish for dinner and on the way back stop for a picnic at Batman Bridge.