Australia

Exploring the wild and diverse North West and West of Tasmania

Tasmania, or Tassie to the locals, is one spectacular and unique little island just off the mainland of Australia .

From Breathtaking forests, to snowy caped mountains, to crystal clear lakes, to cascading waterfalls, to golden sandy beaches to lush green pastures.

You can literally discover every kind of scenery and abundance of wildlife in Tasmania.

Catching an early morning ferry from Port Melbourne, we were fornunate to recieve a very calm 9 hour crossing over the Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania.

With a great selection of entertainment, seating and accommodation. It takes away the long duration.

Reaching Devonport around 630pm in the evening, we were welcomed by gorgeous warm weather.

Beginning from here we took our journey along the Bass strait highway, also known as the Great Nature trail which starts from the Narawntapu National park to the Talkine.

Giving you the opportunity to explore the small costal towns along the Bass Strait highway.

Penguin in particular is a pretty picturesque town, with a collection of penguins on the streets. It offers scenic walking trails and has one of the biggest Sunday markets on the island.

This region is known for being Tasmanias foodbowl and farmer markets thrive. It can definitely been witnessed by the spectacular landscapes, rich pastures and untouched Wilderness.

Burnie, this being one of the larger towns on the North coast. It has gone under a transformation in recent years. Once known as the industrial port to now a blooming artisan city.

The makers workshop was definitely worth the visit. Honouring the history, innovators and artists. Burnie also still produces paper by hand.

The visitors centre is also situated next to the Makers workshop, this is where you can purchase national parks passes for Tasmania. As there is plenty of them. We decided a 2 month National park pass for $60, seemed the most beneficial and cost effective.

Wynyard and the surrounds, has some beautiful and colourful landscapes, during spring the tulip farm is quite a picturesque spot. From here is a short drive to the natural wonder of Table Cape, an extinct volcanic vent.

Our first point of interest was Rocky Cape national park. Situated on the beautiful coastline of North West Tasmania. Known to be used over 10,000 years by the aboriginals. It’s home to some of the oldest Precambrian rocks in Tasmania.

The park offers some great coastal tracks. We spent an afternoon hiking the coastline which offers some very rewarding views.

It’s neighbours to some very pristine and beautiful beaches known as Boat Harbour and Sisters beach. You can easily spend an afternoon or day soaking up some vitamin d on a sunny day here.

From here the town of Stanley is worth a visit, dominated by the Nut an extinct volcano, offers a steep but rewarding hike to absorb the surrounding views. The town itself offers a quaint selection of shops and cafes.

We took our journey along some unsealed roads. Which lead us to the small coastal place of Marrawah. Known well for its farming community and surfing. Here you will find a pub and local conveniences.

Also a great free camping spot, with a short walk to the beach. It’s also the gateway to the Western Explorers highway.

Taking the Western Explorers highway you witness the wild and rugged wildness.

Corinna, is on the doorstep of the Talkine drive. A mining town set in a backdrop of beautiful forest. With a great choice of iconic walks, or cruises its a spot that absorbs you into the Wilderness.

There is the option to enjoy a short ride across the water via a two vehicle barge.

Queenstown, Zeehan, Tullah and Roseburg all being inland on the west close, they all are rich in mining history and within a short distance to forests and Lakes.

Nelson and Montezuma Falls both being close to the highways are stunning forest walks with cascading waterfalls.

Strahan being the largest coastal town situated on the Maquarie harbour. Originally established as a convict settlement.

Theatrical plays are performed in this town, reliving the last escape.

Huon Pine is very valued, and was used to ship buildings. Today it is recognise as a magnificent tree.

This area offers great and secluded free camping, overlooking the lake.

The west coast despite its remoteness it offers views of incredible rugged mountain ranges, lush green rainforests and some beautiful stretches of sandy beaches.

One road trip to remember.

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