North West | Tasmania
From Burnie with its industrial heritage and busy port, the Bass Highway follows the coast westward, almost always within sight of Bass Strait Massive bluffs nudge out into the sea. Table Cape, just beyond Wynyard, flat-topped and fertile, with flowering tulips carpeting its fields in spring; Rocky Cape, with its native orchids, bushwalks and sea cliffs; and Circular Head, where the historic village of Stanley snuggles up against the steep-sided Nut.
At Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach, green fields sweep down to the water. Stanley was established in the early days of the colony as the base for the Van Diemen’s Land Company’s grazing operations in the far northwest. Its fishing and farming history is echoed in the village’s sturdy stone cottages, and in the graceful facade of Highfield, built in 1832 for the company’s Governor and agents. Continue west to Smithton, centre for the region’s productive agricultural and thriving forestry operations. From here, you travel through the rich dairylands of Edith Creek and deep into the tall forests of the north west, before returning to the coast.
Now the highway begins its last leap westward to Marrawah. Here the last Tasmanian tiger was captured in the wild - it happened long ago, but there have been many intriguing reports of sightings in the same area. On the far north west tip is the historic property of Woolnorth. Land’s end is Cape Grim, where sea air, tested as the world ’s cleanest, sweeps in from the Roaring Forties.
Southwards from Marrawah - on unsealed roads is the entrance of Arthur River, where a river cruise takes you to see sea eagles. At fishing settlements of Couta Rocks and Temma the sea can rage - fishermen winch their boats out of the water on slips rather than risk them on moorings. The Western Explorer route through the Arthur-Pieman Protected Area penetrates the Tarkine forest wilderness and crosses the lower reaches of the Pieman by vehicular barge on its way to the West Coast.
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admin | 2008-11-27 | Sydney has the Blue Mountains, Melbourne has the Dandenong Ranges and the Grampians, also Devonport and Launceston have the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St.Clair NP. Even for city-dwellers, bush walking opportunities are limitless. | read more
spirit | 2008-09-09 | Taking the time to discover some of the lesser-known historical treasures is just as rewarding. Situated off the north-west coast, the fishing port of Stanley is one Tasmania’s most beautiful heritage towns. | read more
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eaglesrisetasmania | 2012-04-26 | Eagles Rise Tasmania at Sisters Beach provides 4 spacious holiday cottages at an affordable price. They are situated in peaceful, natural bushland only a short walk to the beach and the Rocky Cape National Park. | read more