Australian Masters Games : Explore Tasmania’s North West

Unmissable Experiences on Tasmania’s North West

 

The Tarkine

Absorb the tranquillity as you wander through the largest cool temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere. This vast expanse of pristine wilderness is home to countless marsupials, birds, freshwater critters and thriving plant life, as well as unbelievable views, ancient relics, crystal-clear streams and rugged coastlines.

Stanley and the Nut

Visit the historic village of Stanley and catch a chairlift over The Nut, an enormous, eye-catching and ancient volcanic plug. On top of the Nut you’ll see sweeping, spectacular views across Bass Strait. Stanley is the perfect base from which to explore the forests and coastlines of the region, where you can witness seals, penguins and sea birds in their natural habitats.

West Coast Wilderness Railway

Step back in time aboard this fully restored and totally luxurious steam train. There are a range of journeys on offer. Depending on your taste and your schedule, you can be carried across breathtaking gorges, over misty rivers, through tall forests and into historic mining settlements. You’ll enjoy gourmet refreshments as you travel, as well as countless photo opportunities.

Macquarie Harbour & Sarah Island

Head to the West Coast and stay in the beautiful village of Strahan, perched on the edge of Macquarie Harbour. Here you can catch a cruise that takes you across the tranquil harbour and into the wild Franklin-Gordon National Park.  You can even meet a few ghosts at Sarah Island, one of the most infamous penal settlements in colonial history.

Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Stretching from the pretty town of Deloraine through rolling hills, lush farmland and historic villages  all the way to the crystal waters of the North West coast, this is the perfect day trip for food lovers. You’ll take a truly gourmet drive as you stop at cellar doors, cafes, tasting sheds and restaurants to sample the fresh produce that has made this region famous.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Inside a stunning national park and on the edge of the globally famous Overland Track, Cradle Mountain has a huge range of experiences that cater to every taste. Whether you take an invigorating stroll around Dove Lake, relax in Waldheim Alpine Spa, get to know the furry locals (including Tasmanian Devils) or just take in the breathtaking views, you’re sure to go away with unforgettable memories.

King Island - golfing, cheese and food

Many people think of gourmet cheese and succulent beef when they think of King Island. It certainly has these and so much more, including fresh seafood, world renowned golf courses, history of shipwrecks and survival, incredible vistas and authentic local hospitality.

Waterfalls of the North-West

Tasmania's North West hosts some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state and are often hidden in plain sight.

Dip Falls (Circular Head): Dip Falls is easily one of the most impressive waterfalls in the state. The water cascades over distinct basalt columns with the sheer size and volume of water often leaving many visitors surprised. An unexpected beauty not to be overlooked, tucked away between Stanley and Wynyard (a 27km detour off the highway) up a quiet and mostly sealed country road. 

Guide Falls (Burnie): A short 20 minute drive south of Burnie and an excellent stop off point on the way to Cradle Mountain, these falls boast picnic tables, a short walking track and stunning scenery. Guaranteed to take your breath away, this is a MUST visit waterfall on your travels!

These cascading falls have water year round but are most spectacular in winter and spring.

Montezuma Falls (West Coast): Montezuma Falls is the most impressive and the tallest in Tasmania. Tumbling 104 metres, it is well worth the 7km, 3 hour return rainforest walk, even across a suspension bridge.

Bloomin’ Tulip Festival 

Bloomin' Tulips! is a festival of sense stimulating events celebrating the flush of spring colour in the small coastal town of Wynyard on the North West coast of Tasmania. The event is held to celebrate the spring flowering of the tulips at Van Diemen Quality Bulb Farm on Table Cape with entertainment in the town of Wynyard.

During Bloomin' Tulips you will marvel at the wonderland created by tulips in full bloom along our scenic coast. The Bloomin' Tulips Festival itself will offer you the chance to enjoy local art, craft, and music to suit all tastes; sample the culinary delights of local fresh island produce or just become a local during your brief time with us!

Gunns Plains Caves

Gunns Plains Caves – Hidden beneath the picturesque farmland of guns plains is a fascinating world of caves, sinkholes and underground streams.  Enjoy the stunning cave formations, rich colours and sparkling crystals. Gunns Plains Cave is in the Gunns Plains State Reserve, approximately 30 kilometres south of Ulverstone in northwest Tasmania. This ten hectare area was one of the earliest cave reserves in Tasmania, being proclaimed a State Reserve in 1918.

Leven Canyon

Leven Canyon - Come to the edge of a dramatic canyon with a river twisting and roaring 275 metres below – and hear nature’s wild call. It’s rare in the world to find a powerful place like Leven Canyon that’s so easy to access. Enjoy the excitement of the canyon, only 45 minutes away from tranquil beaches and coastal parklands. The reserve, almost 2,500 ha, is a refuge for Tasmanian plants, animals and birds. Experience them on a range of fascinating walks, most of them easy.

Boat Harbour

The beach is what it's all about, with family-friendly waves, rock pools to explore, pacific gulls and clean white sand. From the winding road that descends to the water, the views of the harbour are captivating. White sands and crystal clear ocean are all you need to unwind, just bring a beach towel and relax.

Nearby, between Boat Harbour and Stanley is Rocky Cape National Park with rock pools, wildflowers and bushwalks to Aboriginal caves in rugged cliffs.

Boat Harbour was voted one of Australia's top 10 beaches (the only one in Tasmania to receive this accolade!). 

 

Photo credits: Tourism Tasmania and in order of photo appearance; Jason Charles Hill, Adam Gibson, Jason Futrill, Rob Burnett,  Nick Osborne, Andrew Wilson, Kraig Carlstrom, Scott Sporleder, Brian Dullaghan and Pete Harmsen

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