•Vibrant cafe culture in major towns and seaside villages.
•Breath in some of the cleanest air in the world.
•Meet makers not shakers and share the creative spirit of local artists.
Tasmania’s north west coast is where you can forget the rat race and join the human race; it is understated not under-rated. Step into a bush studio where an international designer crafts fine furniture. Share a wine with a jeweller while he shows you his creations. Open an ordinary door to extraordinary handcrafted paper – it’s made world headlines.
Look out for farmgate bounty, from handcrafted cheeses to raspberries and produce fresh from rich, red soil. At Latrobe, see tempting truffles rolled by hand then savour the chocolate maker’s favourites in the tasting room.
Westward is the Arthur River and the Tarkine, Australia’s largest temperate rainforest, where the stillness of centuries-old trees, encourage respite from the urban bustle.
Travelling beside Bass Strait your journey takes you from Devonport through Penguin, Burnie and Wynyard to Stanley and the roaring surf of Marrawah. The hinterland is farming country, an idyll of gently rolling hills and deep-red volcanic soil where cattle and sheep graze on the lushness of fertile pastures.
The picture-book appeal of coastal Stanley contrasts with the hillside prettiness of inland Deloraine, both places where craftspeople draw inspiration from the pace of life and their surrounds, to invest their creations with beauty and style, whether furniture, jewelry, sculpture or painting. Other creators work with food and drink rather than artifacts, but bring the same integrity and passion to their work, like King Island Dairies, on King Island, whose unique creations have won gold in international competitions, or the whiskey makers at Hellyers Road. An equal enthusiasm inspires a farmer turned conservationist who can show you Tasmanian devils in the wild.
Arthur River – explore the Tarkine wilderness.
Burnie – the home of Hellyers Road Whiskey distillery and Creative Paper.
King Island – an island of exploration and cheese indulgence.
Devonport – point of entry for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries from Melbourne.
Latrobe – the home of handmade chocolates.
Penguin – bustling market town and a lively cafe culture.
Port Sorell – coastal beauty and wombat heaven – Narawntapu National Park
Sheffield – a town of murals.
Smithton – your gateway to Dismal Swamp and Woolnorth farm.
Stanley – historic fishing town surrounding the ancient remains of a volcanic plug.
Ulverstone – coastal town near Gunns Plains Caves.
Waratah – once the world’s richest tin mine; look for the waterfall in the centre of town.
Wynyard – for spring time tulips and Table Cape views.
92 Formby Road
Ph (03) 6424 4466
Little Alexander Street
Ph (03) 6434 6111
5 Pioneer Crescent
Ph (03) 6491 1036
45 Main Road
Ph (03) 6458 1330
13 – 15 Alexandra Road
Ph (03) 6425 2839
8 Exhibition Link
Ph (03) 6443 8330
* info sourced from Discover Tasmania