Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, Melissa Krafchek

Population 1008

Now a modest apple-growing centre in Tasmania's north, Beaconsfield was once the wealthiest gold town in Tasmania. Gold was discovered here in 1847 with the first underground shaft sunk in 1879 on the rich Tasmania reef. The town is dominated by rush–era relics including two massive Romanesque arches at the old pithead of the Tasmania Gold Mine. The town made headlines around the world during the dramatic rescue of two trapped miners in 2006.

Visitor Information

Tamar Visitor Centre, Main Rd, Exeter; (03) 6394 4454 or 1800 637 989

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In Town

Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre This mine constantly struggled with water problems, but still managed to produce 26 tonnes of gold before it was closed in 1914. There's now a museum complex along with a miner's cottage.

Beaconsfield Walk of Gold: self-guide historical walk that starts at the Heritage Centre; 1.8 km round trip with signage; West St.

Van Diemen's Land Gallery: art and craft; Weld St.

Gem and Stone Creations: gallery and giftshop; Weld St.


Holwell Gorge This is a fern-covered gorge with beautiful waterfalls in the Dazzler Range to the west of town. There are basic picnic facilities at the eastern entrance and a 3 hr return hiking track. Contact Parks & Wildlife Service on 1300 135 513; access is via Holwell or Greens Beach rds; 8 km W.

Auld Kirk: convict-built church (1843) at Sidmouth with views of Batman Bridge, which features a 100 m A-frame across the River Tamar; 13 km SE.

Wineries: cellar-door tastings and sales to the east of town around Rowella, Kayena and Sidmouth; Sidmouth is 13 km E.

Lavender House: exhibition fields of 70 varieties of lavender, plus tearooms with specialty lavender scones and giftshop with 50 health and beauty products; 15 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Low Head Penguin Tours 15 km

Every night at dusk this comprehensive but inexpensive tour takes visitors to a little penguin-nesting site near the mouth of the Tamar River, where you can watch the penguins waddle ashore to return to their nests. The... Find out more

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 34 km

Three brothers almost single-handedly turned an old quarry site into one of the most reliable places in the world to see wild platypus. In fact, the guided tours have never failed to encounter a platypus in Warrawee... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Tamar Valley Wholefoods 
& Coffee Shop

This is not just a cafe but a cash-only treasure trove of organic wholefoods, herbal teas, ethically produced coffee, baked goods and dairy products. The shelves are packed with healthy produce and quality ingredients... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 37 km

With several different owners over the past 100 years, J. Boag and Son typifies the sometimes turbulent history of Australian brewing and the minor miracle of surviving at all into the 21st century. Scotsman James Boag... Find out more

Campsites around town

Horse Yards camping area 18 km

A 26 km horseriding trail leads from this camping area, but you must camp nearby and give the ranger 48 hours notice before you can bring your horse into the park. Narawntapu is 40 km east of Devonport via the B71, or 85... Find out more

Springlawn camping area 19 km

This is the place to head to in the park if you have a large rig and need power. It also has the best facilities and is only 100 m past the ranger station and visitor centre, so it is just a short walk to join one of the... Find out more

Bakers Point camping area 21 km

On the point by Springlawn Beach, this large camping area has 36 sites – 16 suitable for larger rigs – a portable toilet waste collection point and a boat-launching area. There’s excellent fishing in... Find out more

Koybaa camping area 22 km

This camping area at Griffiths Point, 4 km past the ranger station, has 12 small sites surrounded by scrub. They are only suitable for tent-based camping because you have to carry your gear in past a row of... Find out more

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 22 km

This large caravan park is close to shops and just a short walk from the foreshore of the Rubicon estuary, with its sheltered beach and lovely views of Narawntapu National Park. The safe swimming beach and kids’... Find out more

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 33 km

In the middle of Tasmania’s north-eastern wine region, 2.5 km north of the little township of Lilydale on Golconda Rd (B81), this pleasant campground has shady sites beneath mature trees. The playground, picnic... Find out more

Bellingham Coastal Reserve camping area 35 km

Between Pipers River and Bellingham dunes, this undeveloped camping area offers a great surf beach, excellent birdwatching and a sheltered estuary with very good fishing. The campsites are tucked into the coastal scrub... Find out more

Andy’s Motorhome and Caravan Park 36 km

Behind Westbury’s 24 hr bakery cafe, this motorhome park is a convenient stopover 30 min from Launceston. Its great facilities include a laundry, dump point and wireless hotspot. While you’re here, check out... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 12 km

The park is set on a large expanse of grassy, maintained grounds and includes a small golf course. It has good amenities, a wellstocked store and a great outlook over the broad estuary of the River Tamar. Wombats... Find out more

Low Head Tourist Park 13 km

This is an attractive park. There are large grassy areas, and most facilities for the discerning traveller are here. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 22 km

This popular beachfront park is owned and operated by the Lions Club. It is close to the centre of town, adjacent to the boat ramp and ideal for family holidays. It is an easy drive to the Devonport ferry terminal from... Find out more

Bay View Holiday Village 37 km

Close to the beach on the east side of Devonport, this park is just a short drive to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Exchange Hotel

In the main street of ‘Beaky’, this lovely old two-storey pub has budget-priced, comfortable accommodation. It has been a pub since 1890 and while these days it’s nothing fancy, it’s a friendly... Find out more

Tamar River Retreat

Known locally as ‘the cherry farm’, this property is close to the Batman Bridge and offers easy access to both sides of the Tamar Valley. Two self-contained cottages overlook the river and are surrounded by... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Parramatta Creek rest area 28 km

26km NW of Deloraine (L) or 17km SE of Latrobe (R)

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.

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