If you are keen to see what’s on offer in the surrounding areas of Launceston, hop in the car and head northwest to the Tamar Valley region and the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre.
This interactive museum does a great job of bringing history to life, and is entertaining and informative for visitors of all ages. The centre aims to take you on a journey through the life and times of Beaconsfield’s fascinating history as a prominent mining town since gold was first discovered there in 1847.
One of biggest drawcards of the centre is the Mine Rescue exhibition which details the riveting account of the 2006 Beaconsfield Mine collapse where two miners, Todd Russell and Brant Webb, were rescued after being trapped 950 metres underground for two weeks. Featuring a multi-sensory simulation of the collapse, visitors can experience a chilling sensation of what it must have felt like for the brave miners to be entombed for days on end, waiting for help.
There’s also a 3D holographic exhibit of the Beaconsfield gold mine where you can trace a network of tunnels and learn more about the mining workplace, 1,200 metres deep into the earth.
Explore the historic Grubb Shaft and Boiler House ruin site which is home to an impressive collection of industrial relics, and get your hands involved in the interactive Life and Times exhibit, which features historic items and memorabilia from the local community.
The Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre is a 40-minute drive from Launceston along the West Tamar Highway. The picturesque Tamar Valley is one of Tasmania’s main wine-producing regions, so you can enjoy a day combining local history with an exploration of cool-climate wines at the many boutique wineries in the valley.