If you ever had enough of the garden, outdoor space and idyllic surrounds of the Danbury Residence, there are some of Tasmania’s best attractions in close proximity for you to explore & discove:
Tamar Island Wetlands Centre (right at your doorstep)
– A unique wetland ecosystem of mudflats, lagoons and islands. Abundant with plant and animal life, it is best enjoyed by wandering along the accessible boardwalk, which is flanked by tall native Tasmanian grass species. The 5km walk weaves through the grasses and over footbridges that reveal kanamaluka/River Tamar and its diverse birdlife with around 60 species being identified in the area. There are several species of duck, black swans, swamp harriers, as well as occasional visitors such as the white-bellied sea eagle and northern hemisphere migrants such as the common greenshank. On the island you’ll find picnic tables with a beautiful view down the renowned Tamar Valley towards the peaks of Ben Lomond.
Cataract Gorge (9 mins away)
– One of the region's premier tourist attractions, this is true urban wildness – a 5km stretch of forested river reserve wrapped around a dramatic gorge. The surprising proximity of city and natural serenity makes it truly special. Entrance is free so pack your swimmers and a picnic and take a 15 minute stroll along the banks of the Tamar River to the Gorge where an 1890’s built pathway leads along the cliff face with panoramic views over the South Esk River. The shaded northern side, referred to as the ‘Cliff Grounds’, is a Victorian era garden where peacocks roam proudly among ferns and exotic plants, or take the Kings Bridge (first floated into position in 1867) over the Gorge, or ride the world’s longest single span chairlift up over the gorge to spot peacocks and wallabies at dusk.
Bradys Lookout State Reserve (9 mins away)
– Perched high above the Tamar River, offers breathtaking views of the Tamar River and surrounding green hills dotted with vineyards. It’s a great place to bring your family or partner for a lovely picnic, perhaps enjoying a little bit of local wine, snap a few pics for social media. On a clear day, you'll get impressive views all the way to the Ben Lomond plateau to the south and up to the Bass Strait in the north. You'll also get front row seats to a beautiful bend in the Tamar River beyond a vineyard below.
Launceston City Park (12 mins away)
– Established in the 1820s by the Launceston Horticultural Society and handed over to the Launceston City Council in 1863. It is now an important part of cultural life in Launceston and also a heritage park with lots of trees over hundreds of years old. The bright colours and delightful smells were abundant in this green city area. And be sure to give a visit to City Park Snow Monkeys. Yes, you heard right Japanese Macaques in Launceston!
Harvest Market (12 mins away)
– Every Saturday morning in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market brightens a quiet inner city car park and brings the farm gate to you. Meet the farmers, connect with locals and feast your eyes on baskets brimming with Tasmania’s freshest seasonal produce.
Notley Fern Gorge State Reserve (15 mins away)
– A local’s favourite day trip to spend some time bushwalking in some amazing rainforest scenery, a place to reconnect and rewind, we always say travel isn’t just about the big tourist spots, some of the most rewarding spots are the hidden gems mostly frequented by locals, and this is one of these hidden gems.
Longford Township (25mins way)
– If you look for some colonial historic charm and a bit of class, a visit to Longford is a must, this beautiful country village is best known for Brickendon and Woolmers Estates, both are included on the highly exclusive UNESCO World Heritage List. There is a National Trust brochure from the post office which guides you on a walk exploring 34 of the town’s historic buildings and notable locations, some of which has become cafes, shops and hotels.
Lowhead & Georgetown (45 mins away)
– Low Head is best known for being a quiet, scenic beachside area. There are many things to do in Long Head, with several maritime attractions such as the penguins, lighthouse, pilot station and beautiful beaches. Georgetown being only 5 mins away, has the best & freshest fish and chip in Tasmania! A nice spot for lunch is the crazy duck - The sun-drenched dining room boasts 180-degree views across the river, township and marina.
Bridestowe Lavender Estate (55 mins away)
– The world-renowned lavender heaven runs over 260 acres and is the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. With an estimated 650,000 plants, the lavender rows stretch for about 200 kilometres in total. Go get the signature lavender ice cream and get lost in the sea of endless purple flowers, fragrant country air, humming throughout late spring to early autumn. And don’t forget the famous Teddy Bear heat pack called “Bobbie” .