Places to visit
This pretty little coastal town sits right on Duck Bay and River and is an important industrial and administrative centre for the Northwest Coast. Smithton is the very last stop on the road to the Arthur River and the Tarkine Wilderness beyond. The fields around Smithton are incredibly green and lush, the air in Smithton some of the cleanest in the world.
Dip Falls & The Big Tree
A short but steep walk leads to the base of the magnificent Dip Falls. Or across the bridge, a level walk and viewing platform provides unsurpassed views of the top of the falls. The water flows over hexagonal basalt columns, formed from the cooling of this volcanic rock. Opposite the car park, a gravel path will take you to the remains of an old boiler which powered a mill for sawing blackwood in the 1920s.
A further kilometre along the road from Dip Falls, the Big Tree grows amongst spectacular wet eucalypt forest. The boardwalk around the base of this tree lets you get up close to one of the many forest giants of the Tarkine.
Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, genteel cafes and quality B&B cottages, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water’s edge. It’s also close to some great nature experiences such as Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness, Penguins nesting at night, or take a boat trip to a Seal Colony.
The Edge Of The World
Located at Arthur River, you’ll find Gardiner Point, which has been dubbed the Edge of the World. The Edge of the World is the starting point of the longest uninterrupted stretch of ocean in the world.
Cruise The Arthur River
Travel up the beautiful Arthur River and see the wild remote rainforest. Try and identify the different species of trees such as Oaks, Celery Top Pine, Blackwood, Leatherwood and Myrtle.
Wilderness to West Coast Tours
Day fishing tours, Wilderness to west coast tours, Tarkine discovery tours, Milkshake’s Reserve tour. The Western Explorer route links Stanley and Smithton in the north west to Strahan on the west coast.
Attracts adrenaline junkies for its notoriously powerful and jaw-dropping high surf. Also Host to the annual RIP CURL West Coast Classic, the most popular and prestigious surfing event in Tasmania having been held continuously since the mid 1970’s.
A huge area of temperate rainforest, sand dunes and coastal heathland with strong links to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The area contains a wildly diverse landscape – including Australia’s largest patch of temperate rainforest.
Woolnorth Wind Farm
Breathe the worlds cleanest air and learn about Wind Farms, Dairy farms, Meteorology, The Aboriginal history of the area as well as the local settled farm history.