The Tamar Valley is made up of tiny villages and towns alongside the Tamar River. The countryside in this region is very beautiful, and wine growing is also popular. Beaconsfield is where the regions future took off, when gold was discovered at Cabbage Tree Hill in the late 1870's. Mining is still going on in Beaconsfield in one of the old shafts. The other two are closed and now house the Grubb Shaft Museum.
Just north of Beaconsfield is the pretty Beauty Point, which makes a pleasant visit. From here you can also head north again to the coast, stopping at the coastal fishing resorts of Greens Beach and Kelso. Another place you can visit is Rosevears where you can go wine tasting at the Strathlynn Wine Centre, as well as bird spotting at the Waterbird Haven Trust.
On the eastern side of the river is George Town. Unless travelling from Launceston or eastern Tasmania the only way across the river is across Batman Bridge, south of Beaconsfield and George Town. There are some attractive Georgian buildings around the town, including the pretty Grove. You should also visit the Old Watch House, and St Mary Magdalen Anglican Church.
North of George Town is Low Head with its many navigational lead lights and aids for ships. Many of these date back to around 1881. You can also go to the Pilot Station and the interesting Maritime Museum. You can also find great surfing at East Beach.
Many of these riverside towns offer accommodation, including motels, hotels and lodges. There are also some good restaurants in the area.