Tasmania’s North West is all about mountain steppes, rainforests, picture-perfect valleys and coastal drives.
Having less visitors than its eastern and southern counterparts, many natural sites and beaches will really be all yours!
One of the region’s main draws is the Tarkine − Australia’s greatest expanse of cool temperate rainforest and the second largest in the world.
You’ll probably want to base yourself out of Devonport, the North West’s largest city. This busy coastal area is home to The Spirit of Tasmania, which ferries passengers to and from the state of Melbourne.
Tasmania’s North West is home to Cradle Mountain, one of the island’s most visited icons. It’s part of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, which features the famous Overland Track.
If you don’t have time for the full 6-day trek, take a two-hour walk around Dove Lake or hike up Cradle Mountain’s summit.
The Nut at Stanley is another well-known landmark. A steep 20-minute hike or easy chairlift ride will get you to the summit of this 143m high, volcanic bluff.
Of course, don’t leave out the Tarkine, where you can take serene forest walks, a self-guided drive or a scenic river cruise.
The town of Devonport is filled with great hotels. Our favorite is Edgewater Hotel, located on the banks of the Mersey Rive and just next to the ferry terminal.
Also check out quaint bed-and-breakfast establishment Grand On Macfie, and the sleek, CBD-located Gateway Hotel.
Near Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, there’s the upscale Cradle Mountain Lodge, with great views and a posh spa.
In Smithton, you’ll find Tall Timbers, offering hotel rooms and self-contained apartments within walking distance to the town centre.
And over at Stanley, the Stanley Seaview Inn features views overlooking the famous Nut.
At Devonport, make a reservation for the Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory. The Conservatory offers excellent wine and produce from across the state, with a daily changing menu. Another great restaurant is Mrs Jones, featuring a bar, dining room and premium wine list with local varieties.
In the port town of Burnie, check out The Chapel, a cafe housed in an old church. It’s also a live music venue, with both communal and private tables.
And you can’t go wrong with Nut Cafe at Stanley, with its delicious breakfast offerings, selection of homemade jam and some of the best Devonshire tea in Tasmania.