The North West region of Tasmania is home to some of the islands best national parks and heritages sites, as well as a host of culinary delights. The coastal towns of North West Tasmania all have something unique to offer. Devonport is a busy coastal city, Burnie has a collection of Art Deco buildings and Smithton is a sought after destination for those who prefer deserted beaches, forests and wildlife. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tasmania’s prime tourist destinations, incorporating an array of striking natural features that include lush vegetation, rocky peaks and vast expanses of untouched wilderness. At the south end of the park lies Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia.
Launceston lies in northeast Tasmania, just a two-hour drive from the city of Hobart. “Lonnie”, as it is called by locals, is well known for its beautifully restored Victorian buildings and more modern architectural attractions. City Park on the eastern edge of the town is a popular picnic spot, whilethe Queen Victoria Museum reveals the city’s interesting history. Cataract Gorge is a short walk from the centre of town and popular with visitors for its beautiful hiking trails and views from Kings Bridge. The town is also the gateway to the winelands of Tamar Valley and a perfect base from where to explore the rest of Tasmania.
First settled in the early 1900s, Tasmania’s capital city has seen a healthy boom in tourism in recent years. Today Hobart combines the charm of old with a trendy, modern edge, and attractions like Salamanca Place – an old waterfront warehouse district that now hosts swanky restaurants, galleries and cafes – define its contemporary status. Art, culture and fine dining are plentiful in town, while nature and wildlife abound in the outlying areas. Venture out to nearby Mount Wellington for hiking and mountain biking trails with spectacular views.
So charming is southern Tasmania’s Huon Valley that it could be straight out of a storybook. From misty fruit orchards to forest-fringed towns, magnificent caves and tranquil estuaries, Huon Valley is an idyllic destination for an extended getaway or a day trip from Hobart. The apple town of Huonville and boat-building port of Franklin are the busiest centres in the area, and make for great stopovers, while the Tahune Forest Airwalk is also a popular point of interest.
Cool, sluggish rivers and rolling mountains set the scene for Derwent Valley, the perfect spot for a peaceful escape in South Central Tasmania. At the heart of the valley lies Mt Field National Park, where you can fully immerse yourself in the lushness of the wilderness rainforest. A stay in the rural farmlands or one of the quaint historic towns is a wonderful way to experience Derwent Valley, while a visit to the dinky Hamilton Heritage Centre offers insight into the history of the area.