Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
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Mountain Biking – The Tasmanian Adventure

Tasmania is a magnificent destination for the outdoor enthusiast. In recent years, north east Tasmania has seen a big drive for mountain biking adventures, and local businesses have been making tracks (literally) to accommodate the latest outdoor trend. So, if you haven’t visited Tasmania yet, or if you have not considered Tasmania as a mountain biking destination, you would be forgiven for asking ‘Why ride in Tasmania?’
Tasmania is picturesque. The mountain bike trails take you through fabulous forests and river systems. You would be riding in regions steeped in history, not to mention stunning landscapes as well. If that doesn’t convince you, Tasmania’s fantastic cuisine and home grown wines are world class. And best of all, you can reach these destinations within a few hours of Beauty Point Tourist Park.


Hollybank Mountain Bike Park

Hollybank Mountain Bike Park

Hollybank Mountain Bike Park
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As one of the newest mountain bike parks developed in Northern Tasmania, the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park provides different loops and alternating tracks to suit all levels of mountain bikers. Hollybank Mountain Bike Park is a great destination for the entire family to enjoy, and as an added bonus, is situated near Hollybank Treetops Adventure (more information on our previous article.).

Where: 24 Hollybank Rd, Underwood TAS 7268
Near Lilydale / near Launceston
From Beauty Point Tourist Park: 45 minutes – 1 hour drive
More Information: Hollybank Mountain Bike Park on Facebook

Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails

Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails

Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
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In recent years North Eastern region of Tasmania has developed sensational world class mountain biking trails commencing at the picturesque town of Derby. Derby has become a sort after haven for Mountain Bike enthusiast as well as for families with mountain bikes offered for hire at many of the cafés in the town. With trails graded from ‘Easy’ to ‘Very Difficult’ there is a ride suitable for everyone, with each track and loop meandering through lush Tasmanian rainforest. Enjoy the stunning views whilst experiencing one of Tasmania’s fastest growing sports.

Where: Derby – North East Tasmania
From Beauty Point Tourist Park: 1.5 hour drive
More Information: Ride Blue Derby website

Other Mountain Biking Trails to consider

Some reserves and park lands around Launceston are also ideal for mountain bike riding and are worth considering as well:

  • Trevallyn Reserve
    For a quick ride, consider the Trevallyn Reserve, an region directly next Launceston’s famous Cataract Gorge. The bike trails are suitable for easy riding with picnic grounds available at Hoo Hoo hut!
  • Kate Reed Reserve
    A decent Mountain Bike trail has been established at Kate Reed Reserve, offering experienced riders with a single track that will challenge the skills of mountain bikers. If you’re serious about the sport, Kate Reed Reserve, located near the suburbs of Prospect / Kings Meadows in Launceston is worthy to consider.
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The Best of North East Tasmania

Tasmania has become a favourite holiday destination for many people, and in recent years, tourism to Tasmania has grown to record levels. With so much diversity to explore and see, it is impossible to see all of Tasmania in one small holiday. Every region of this island has much for you to discover and North Eastern Tasmania is no exception. Here are some of the things we recommend.


Hollybank Treetops Adventure!

Hollybank Treetops Adventure!

Hollybank Treetops Adventure
Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Adventuring in Tasmania has never been more exciting! The award winning Hollybank Treetops Adventure provides zipline tours, ropes course and segway tours for the family to enjoy! Experienced operators will guide you through the treetops on a 3 hour high-wire canopy ride far above the forest floor. Hollybank Treetops Adventure boasts daytime and twilight tours that will leave you with a feeling of exhilaration – all within a magnificent Tasmanian forest.


Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

QVMAG in Inveresk

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery
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Northern Tasmania is spoilt for choices for people wanting to visit museums and galleries. Whether it be the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania or the quirky City Park Radio Museum there is no shortage of choices for people to discover. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in stylish Inveresk is Northern Tasmania’s premier museum that often showcases new works from local and international artists, various collections and various events throughout the year.


Tasmania Zoo

Tasmania ZooTasmania Zoo is the only fully accredited zoo in Tasmania, and is the only zoo in Australia that exhibits the endangered Black Crested Macaque. Boasting the second largest primate exhibit of any private zoo in the country, Tasmania Zoo is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals from around the world. When visiting North Eastern Tasmania, Tasmania Zoo is the perfect place to visit and is suitable for the entire family.


Tamar Valley Wine Tours

Josef Chromy Wines

Josef Chromy Wines
Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

The Tamar Valley is an idyllic setting for many vineyards producing world class wines for you to enjoy. Most vineyards in North East Tasmania have cellar door wine tasting and restaurants, and for anyone who appreciate wines, North East Tasmania is a perfect destination to give yourself a Tamar Valley Wine Tour. One of our favourites is Josef Chromy Wines on the outskirts of Launceston. Enjoy some of Tasmania’s finest wines on your tour of Tasmania!


Cataract Gorge and First Basin

Cataract Gorge and First Basin

Cataract Gorge and First Basin
Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

North East Tasmania is naturally beautiful and Launceston is proudly home to the Cataract Gorge and the First Basin. Just a short walk from the CBD, Cataract Gorge and the First Basin is a magnificent natural landmark to discover. There are many small walks to do around the region, complete with a café and restaurant, barbeque facilities and a public swimming pool! You will enjoy seeing the peacocks, wallabies and abundant bird life when exploring the grounds of the First Basin!

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Why camping in Tasmania should be high on your TO DO list this summer

Summer is a sensational time to be out and about. This year hundreds and thousands of people will travel across Australia, leaving behind the stresses of work. They will escape to a new destination, carving out life long memories they will treasure. So, out of all the places in Australia that can be visited, why should Tasmania be high on your list? Here are 5 reasons we think you will love Tasmania!

1. Where else in Australia can you cruise the seas?

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Tasmania Cruises.
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And by cruise, we literally mean getting on a cruise ship!  That’s right.  The Spirit of Tasmania I and II sail from Devonport, Tasmania and Melbourne Victoria daily with an enjoyable 9 hour cruise the entire family can enjoy. And, you can even bring your car with you!  Enjoy the stunning views from Port Phillip Bay looking back at the city of Melbourne, and enjoy the summer breeze of the sea air as you sail across Bass Strait!

2. Why suffer in blistering heat?

No where else in Australia are summers more pleasant than in Tasmania.  With Tasmania being that little bit closer to Antarctica, it does not suffer the sweltering heatwaves that every other state in Australia struggles with.  In fact, Tasmania’s summers tend to be so pleasant that hiking though it’s world class National Parks, and camping throughout Tasmania is more enjoyable and very much more comfortable.

3. The best hiking and camping experiences in Australia!

World class camping experiences

The Best camping experiences.
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We always secretly knew that Tasmania’s world famous Overland Track was Australia’s best hike.  But in recent times National Geographic have declared Tasmania’s Overland Track one of the World’s Best 20 ‘Dream Trails’, and it is the only Australian featured hiking trail featured in their list. So why is the Overland Track so special? Quite simply, it’s a 6 day journey that commences at the magnificent Cradle Mountain, forcing you to walk up to the highlands of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. You will see stunning mountainous views on an open plateau filled with alpine lakes and tarns, grasslands and wildlife.  You will then pass through exceptional rain forest, regions with magnificent waterfalls, as well as pass numerous peaks that you can climb!  Climb to the top of Mt Ossa, Tasmania’s highest mountain, and continue your journey until you reach Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.But if the Overland Track isn’t enough to entice you, the 3 Capes Track situated on the gorgeous Tasman Peninsula in the south should be on every hiker’s list. This 4 days / 3 nights hike commences at the historic Port Arthur on a boat that sails around the coastline surrounding, before disembarking on Tasman Peninsula, from where you hike around the coastline of some of Tasmania’s most breathtaking scenery. So whether it’s the mountain experience, or the rugged coastline experience you are after, Tasmania has your covered.

4. The best is all within driving distance.

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Touring Coles Bay
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Tasmania isn’t a small place, but it isn’t huge either, and you can reach any town well within a day. Why is this significant?  Because you can enjoy every town in every part of Tasmania with a car and caravan, or campervan, and enjoy a road holiday that does not limit you on choices to visit if you wish to change direction part way through your holiday! Tasmania caters for the motoring tourist brilliantly. if you prefer to enjoy your holidays travelling by vehicle, Tasmania is Australia’s best choice.

5. The Natural Beauty

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Tasmanian Devils, uniquely Tasmanian!
Credit: Kathryn Leahy

Tasmania is uniquely different from every other region in Australia for a number of reasons. Over 50% of Tasmania is protected, much of which is World Heritage, and is regarded as a living ecological laboratory. Boasting unique wildlife such as the Tasmanian Devil, and showcasing alpine vegetation that has survived for thousands of years, Tasmania is one of the last places on earth you can experience earth’s natural and untouched beauty as it could have been seen thousands of years ago.

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Campervanning in North East Tasmania

Northern Tasmania is a fabulous destination for campervanners exploring our gorgeous island. Now, every campervanner knows the challenges of driving in rural regions, and not all roads or places are accessible with a campervan. We’re here to help! We have compiled this guide of great places to see in North East Tasmania, easily accessible from the comforts of Beauty Point Tourist Park.


Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage CentreLocated in the heart of Beaconsfield, and a short 10 minute drive from Beauty Point Tourist Park, the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre showcases the Gold Mining history of the Tamar region. Learn the history of the region with interactive displays. Crawl through tunnels, and experience the essence of gold mining in Northern Tasmania.


Narawntapu National Park

Narawntapu National ParkFor lovers of the great Australian outdoors, Narawntapu National Park is the perfect destination to get up close to Tasmanian wildlife, dunes, wetlands, lagoons, and of course the sandy beaches nestled between Bass Strait and the small mountains of Asbestos Range. With the fabulous Bakers Beach within the National Park, Narawntapu National Park is fabulous place to experience when staying at Beauty Point Tourist Park.


Tamar Valley Wine Routes

Tamar Valley Wine RoutesThe Tamar Valley is world reknown for its quality wines, and there is no shortage of vineyards to visit on both sides of the Tamar River. Enjoy Tasmania’s produce in an easy drive from vineyard to vineyard where you can enjoy gourmet lunches, wine tasting, and that fabulous cellar door experience! With the region boasting breathtaking views, you truly can enjoy the finer things in life in a naturally beautiful part of the world, all from the comfort of your campervan.


Seahorse World and Platypus House

Seahorse WorldIn the heart of Beauty Point is Seahorse World and Platypus House. Both these world class venues get you up and close to these unique and gorgeous animals as well as showcasing other exotic animals for you to see. Great for the entire family, and with frequent tours each day, Seahorse World and Platypus House is a ‘Must Do’ when staying at Beauty Point Tourist Park.


Low Head

Low Head LighthouseOn the other side of the Tamar River is Low Head. Rich with historical significance for Tasmania and with lots to do and see, Low Head is a short 35 minute drive from Beauty Point in a campervan. Join a Penguin Tour at dusk, and see the magnificent Low Head Lighthouse at the same time. Visit the Low Head Historic Precinct and discover Australia’s oldest Pilot and Signal Station in Australia.