Beaconsfield is located 40km northwest of Launceston in the Tamar Valley and is tragically-famous for the 2006 Gold Mine disaster, where 3 men were trapped underground.
On the fateful day of 25 April 2006 a rock fall occurred at the local Gold Mine, resulting in the tragic death of miner Larry Knight and the trapping of miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb for 14 long days. Views of the mine yard can be seen from the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre which is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm. See the lift that pulled the trapped miners out, learn about the town's gold mining history and even pan for gold.
North of town is Beauty Point and Redbill Point Conservation Area on the picturesque Tamar River. The Beauty Point Tourist Park enjoys a waterfront location in a quiet and peaceful setting, not far from the riverside attractions.
at Inspection Head Wharf offers a unique experience where you get to observe these fascinating creatures up close. The tour begins with an informative documentary on platypus in the wild and then you move to the platypus tanks to watch these furry creatures with webbed feet and duck-like bills swimming and feeding as the guide gives a commentary.
After the platypus experience you move to the echidna garden and get really close to these guys as they walk around your feet. Platypus House is open daily from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
Seahorse World is also located at the wharf. Take a guided tour through the seahorse farm and marvel at these unusual and beautiful creatures of the sea. There are many different and colourful species to observe, a touch pool featuring other marine life and feeding on scheduled tours. Seahorse World is open daily from 9.30am to 3.30pm.
The Tamar Triple Pass incorporates the 3 top attractions here, including the Mine & Heritage Centre, Platypus House and Seahorse World. Purchasing the pass saves on the overall cost of entry fees.
A free attraction in the Tamar Valley is the stunning view from Brady's Lookout, which is located on West Tamar Hwy 20km southeast of town. The Tamar River winding through the valley with a mountainous backdrop is simply breathtaking.
Whilst in the Tamar Valley how can you resist sampling some of the region’s famous wines. Wineries open daily along the West Tamar Hwy include Moores Hill, Rosevears Vineyard and Ninth Island. The Tamar Valley Wine Region
extends south towards Launceston and east to Pipers Brook.
Beaconsfield and beyond offer history, scenery, marine life experiences and the wine trail. The diverse attractions, educational at that, make it worth adding to the Tassie itinerary.
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Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
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