Franklin House is convict built and located in northern Tasmania at Franklin Village, Launceston. Built by former convict and successful businessman Britton Jones, Franklin House is notable for its rich use of imported Australian Red Cedar. Extended to accommodate one of the colonies leading private schools which operated there from 1842 until 1866 the house finally became the birthplace of the National Trust in Tasmania in 1960. Franklin House survives with house, stables and garden. Nearby and also accessible is St James Church which was built in 1845 and has many associations with the House. The Tearooms are open during house hours for light meals and refreshments. The Metro Bus services, numbers 40 and 50 from the City to Franklin village, stop outside the House.
Longford Golf Course is a popular well maintained eleven- hole course near Launceston, northern Tasmania. The par 71 course boasts lush fairways and good greens. There are eleven holes, seven of which have alternate tees. There are two separate final holes that allow for finish in front of the club house. Visitors are welcome. Ladies competition day is each Wednesday, Veterans on Thursday and mixed competitions Saturday and Sunday. While you are in Longford, wander through the historic town and stop by the antique shops and park area. Take a short drive to Woolmers National Rose Gardens or plan a bushwalk in the Great Western Tiers mountain range. Spend a day fly-fishing at the Great Lake or make your way down the Tamar Valley Wine Route. Longford is about 20-minutes' drive (27 kilometres/17 miles) from Launceston.
Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company is a production and tasting centre near Evandale, south of Launceston. You'll be guided through the delicious range of products, such as a variety of berry fruit sauces, chocolate sauces as well as apricot chutney, Cumberland sauce and Thai chilli. There's a dedicated tasting room adjacent to the production kitchen, and a deck looking out onto a garden and topiary nursery - the largest in Tasmania. You can purchase all products including a range of gift packs from the centre. Interstate and overseas postage can be arranged. The Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company is about 20-minutes' drive (17 kilometres/10.5 miles) from central Launceston.
Part of Tasmania's World Heritage Convict Sites, Brickendon Historic Farm and Convict Village is located just outside Longford, in northern Tasmania. Built by William Archer in 1824, the village is still owned by his descendents. You have a rare chance to see the convict-built Gothic chapel, Dutch barns, chicken house, blacksmith shop and tool shed. There is a four hectare (10 acre) historic garden for you to explore. Close to the Georgian homestead there are garden beds featuring soft plantings of roses and perennials to complement the house's historic façade. Walk along the paths to outlying features including the orchard and original shrubberies. You can experience the 'garden rooms', each with their own mood and ambience. Stand beside the 1830s English and exotic trees including oaks, elms, cedars and pines, sourced throughout the world. Connect with the property's 19th Century beginnings as you walk along the carriageway Children will love feeding animals or trying their skill at gumboot tossing. Overnight guests at Brickendon can stay at a number of historic farm cottages and have free entry to all the attractions. Longford is about 20-minutes' drive 27 kilometres from Launceston.
The Evandale market is a popular country market in historic Evandale in Tasmania's north. Come and be a part of one of Tasmania's favourite markets with over 100 stalls, including a wide range of wares from high quality crafts to bric-a-brac for every budget. There are also plenty of food stalls and children's amusements. Evandale is a lovely Georgian village with well preserved cottages, houses, churches, inns and shops. It is a great place for browsing in antique galleries and art and craft shops. The Launceston airport lies between Evandale and Launceston. You can also visit other historic towns nearby including Longford and Westbury. A short drive into Launceston will offer you a host of street-side cafes, boutique shops and leafy city parks. You can also head down the Tamar Valley Wine Route to sample some of Tasmania's finest cool climate wines. The market is open every Sunday from 8am to 2pm. Evandale is located just 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of Launceston.
Sharman's Fine Wines is a boutique vineyard and cellar door located at Relbia, northern Tasmania. Relbia is a 15-minute drive south of Launceston (10 kilometres/6 miles), a short distance from the Launceston airport.
Established in 1987, Mike and Philippa Sharman's four-hectare (10 acre) Glenbothy vineyard sits on the banks of the North Esk River. The vineyard has been planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties. A range of excellent cool wine styles is produced in relatively small quantities, including pinot noir, a Bordeaux blend, barrel-fermented and un-oaked Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and a sparkling wine..
You can sample Sharman's wines each weekend at the cellar door, or at other times by appointment. Sharman's Fine Wines is part of the Tamar Valley wine route.
Bundaleera is a picturesque vineyard producing pinot noir, chardonnay and riesling in Tasmania's north..
The two-hectare (five acre) vineyard is nestled in a small valley on the southern escarpment of the North Esk River. This provides a wonderful micro-environment for growing premium grapes and a beautiful and tranquil setting for enjoying wine.
Visit and sample the trophy-winning pinot noir as well as the classic, award-winning Chardonnay and Riesling. While you are in the area, be sure to stop by other vineyards and enjoy the peaceful rural feel of the region.
Bundaleera Vineyard is located at Relbia about 15-minutes' drive (14 kilometres/8.6 miles) from central Launceston.