Tamar River, Dennis Harding / Auscape International

Population 339

Exeter is a small community in Tasmania's north-east, best known for its scenic surroundings. It lies just north of Launceston, in the centre of Tamar Valley wine country, which, along with cold-climate wines, has a variety of orchards.

Visitor Information

Tamar Visitor Centre, 81 Main Rd, Exeter; (03) 6394 4454 or 1800 637 989


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Nearby towns

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  • Launceston

    Tasmania's second largest city and a busy tourist centre, Launceston lies nestled in northern hilly country where the Tamar, North...more

In Town

John Temple Gallery: beautiful, framed Tasmanian photographs.


Brady's Lookout This scenic lookout was once the hideout of bushranger Matthew Brady, who used the high vantage point to find prospective victims on the road below. Today the site is more reputable, but retains its magnificent view of the Tamar Valley and is an ideal picnic spot. 5 km SE.

Glengarry Bush Maze: excellent family venue with maze and cafe; closed in winter, except Wed; Jay Dee Rd, Glengarry; 8 km SW.

Paper Beach: 5 km return walking track to Supply River, where there are ruins of the first water-driven flour mill in Tasmania; 9 km E.

Artisan Gallery and Wine Centre: displays and sales of Tasmanian arts, crafts and wines from smaller, independent vineyards in the area; Robigana; 10 km N.

Tamar Valley Resort at Grindelwald: resort in Swiss architectural style with Swiss bakery, chocolatier, crafts, souvenirs and a world-class minigolf course; 10 km SE.

Notley Fern Gorge: 11 ha wildlife and rainforest sanctuary with giant man-ferns and moss-covered forest. A 2 hr return walk leads to Gowans Creek; Notley Hills; 11 km SW.

Tasmanian Wine Route: a string of wineries with cellar-door tastings and sales runs on either side of the Tamar, north and south of town. Closest to Exeter are wineries around Rosevears, 10 km S; brochure available from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamar Island 22 km

This important wetland habitat just 10 minutes from the heart of Launceston features a great bird-viewing hide, 3.2 kilometres of easy walking tracks and an interpretation centre.... Find out more

Low Head Penguin Tours 28 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

Cafes & restaurants around town


Off the main highway among the Tamar Valley’s riverside farms you’ll find Koukla’s – Greek for ‘beautiful’ – a hidden gem and one of Tasmania’s best Greek restaurants. The... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 22 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

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 23 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

Andy’s Motorhome and Caravan Park 27 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

Horse Yards camping area 33 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 34 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

Myrtle Park Recreation Ground 35 km

This delightful camping area is next to the pretty St Patricks River at Targa, about halfway between Launceston and Scottsdale on the Tasman Hwy (A3). The camping area is beside riverbank willows, and there’s... Find out more

Bakers Point camping area 35 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

Caravan parks around town

Treasure Island Caravan Park 24 km

Launceston has just this one caravan park. It is about 2 km south of the city centre and is easily accessible from the freeway when approaching from the south. The park has good facilities and is a good base to use when... Find out more

Low Head Tourist Park 26 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

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 27 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

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 36 km

This park, with good amenities, is located on the banks of the Macquarie River, only a few hundred metres from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 36 km

With good facilities, this park is about a oneand- a-half hour drive to Cradle Mountain and about half that to Great Lake. There are good bushwalks in the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Conmel Cottage

Recently built in the grounds of an Edwardian farmhouse, this old-world one-bedroom cottage is fully self-contained and offers a picturesque place to explore the Tamar Valley, most of which you’ll be able to see... Find out more

Rosevears Vineyard Retreat

With views across the Tamar River valley so spectacular they’ll take your breath away, it’s no surprise these modern elevated chalet apartments have a whole wall of floor-to-ceiling glass. The chalets –... Find out more

Aspect Tamar Valley Resort

Part Swiss village and part fun park, this place offers quirky family accommodation in cute timber-lined chalets and a two-storey lodge surrounded by manicured gardens and a lake. There is a never-ending list of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Myrtle Park camping area 35 km

T/O 31km SW of Scottsdale (R) or 31km NE of Launceston (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of St Patricks River.

Parramatta Creek rest area 35 km

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

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.

Perth park area 36 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

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