Pipers River wine region
With its red basalt soil and a cool climate moderated by the proximity of Bass Strait, this small but significant boutique wine region was established in 1974. With a climate close to that of Champagne in France, it is known simply as ‘Sparkling Tasmania’. Many of Tasmania’s premium sparkling wines originate here. It is particularly suited to the aromatic white varieties.
Matthew Flinders and George Bass sailed up here in 1798 but chose the wrong channel and became grounded A rising tide washed them off. Middle Island was used as a quarantine station initially but cannot have been very effective as you can walk across at low tide! Cruise ships dock at Inspection Head at Beauty Point and there are two tourist attractions – Seahorse World and Platypus House. Tasmania’s only thermal power station stands on the bay.
The port of Bell Bay is situated along the north shore of Port Dalrymple. The Australian Maritime College, which also has a campus in Launceston, and has students from all around the World.
The Barnbougle Dunes are a hidden gem and home to one of the world’s top Links golf courses. The golf links, built on undulating coastal dunes, is the work of famed golf architect Tom Doak and Australia’s Michael Clayton. The breathtaking landscape upon which the course has been created mirrors the wild coastal links courses of Scotland and Ireland and as Barnbougle continues to develop with age it looks set to follow in the footsteps of these great courses. Barnbougle Dunes has been ranked the No.1 Golf Links public course in Australia and No.7 in the world.
Also in the region
Four Mile Creek Wildlife Sanctuary (4 km south-east of George Town); Tenth Island Nature Reserve (5 km north-west of Stony Head); Bell Bay bauxite processing and port facilities; Batman Bridge; Lefroy ghost town (15 km east – gold discovered 1870).