Tasmanian touring ideas – the North West

History, wine, food, art and more – with a scenic backdrop

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Stay and dine at Cable Station - Cray on the menu

Stay and dine at Cable Station - Cray on the menu

Barringwood Park, North West Tasmania
Stanley Seaview Inn - Tourism Tasmania & David Murphy
Seven Sheds Brewery, Meadery and Hop garden - Tourism Tasmania & Tania Brookes
The Nut, Stanley - Tourism Tasmania and Kraig Carlstrom


Tasmania's north west is a landscape of verdant rolling hills falling into a coast lined with cliffs and beaches. Referred to as the state's food bowl, it's the source of much of the state's fresh produce.

Combine this with seafood, chocolates, boutique beers then add in some natural, historical and artistic attractions and there are already several delicious reasons to visit the region.

This itinerary is just one of many trails you can blaze along 'the coast', taking in whatever interests you. It starts in Launceston but flying or sailing into Devonport is also an option.

Travel tip: if you love to sample local produce, make sure you pack or buy on your arrival, some sort of cooler bag. Guaranteed you'll need it before you get too far down the road!


Day 1: Launceston to Devonport

Arrive in Launceston, grab your transport and head for the Bass Highway. Along the way there's small towns like Carrick, Westbury and Deloraine to stop and explore but don't go past Elizabeth Town and the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, yum!

Watch out for the colourful cows on the other side of Elizabeth Town, they're the signpost for the Ashgrove Farm Cheese Shop. Their specialty is cheddar cheese and not just plain old cheddar, try the wasabi cheese, the lavender cheese or bush pepper or buy a sample pack to take on your travels. (Their milk is delicious too.)

In Latrobe chocolate lovers will find their slice of heaven at the House of Anvers. Pick up some samples (we dare you to stop at just a couple!) and check out the museum which follows chocolate history.

Latrobe is also home to some great antiques and collectables shops where that special find could be waiting for you, and also where The Cherry Shed offers more berry delights.

Turn off the highway to Port Sorell and look for Ghost Rock Vineyards to taste award-winning wines in a tranquil setting with country views to Bass Strait. Great chance to pick up some wine for your end of day relax! 

PS along your journey keep an eye out for roadside stalls and farm gates using the honesty box system and stock up your picnic hamper or dinner supplies.

Overnight in Devonport.


Day 2: Devonport to Stanley

Take the scenic coastal road and stop for a bite at the Groovy Penguin Cafe, where? In Penguin of course! If you happen to be here on a Sunday, check out the state's largest undercover market and grab a bargain.

Meet the Makers in their contemporary Burnie workshop where working artists showcase their many skills and wares. From creative paper to felt, textile, sculptures and painting are just part of the huge range of unique Tasmanian art and craft on display. (Watch out for the life sized paper maché people sculptures too)

Head down Old Surrey Road to Hellyer Road Distillery for a tasting of single malt whiskey, one of a number of Tasmanian distillers now taking their products to the world (including Scotland!).

Time to head for your accommodation at the fishing village of Stanley, with its magnificent backdrop of The Nut.

Tip: Stanley Seaview and Horizon Deluxe Apartments are offering VisitVineyards.com subscribers a very special rate if you visit before the end of August 2013 »


Day 3: Stanley

Start your day with a chairlift ride to the top of the Nut for sweeping views of the surrounding land and sea then soak up the history at Highfield House where MasterChef was filmed last year. Take a tour of Woolnorth where more history mixed with modern technology awaits.

Got your sea legs on? Take to the seas with a cruise from Stanley to visit a nearby seal colony or if the bush is more your style, head inland to Dip Falls and Big Tree.

Stanley is also the gateway to the Tarkine and the Edge of the World at Arthur River is just an hour's scenic drive south. On the coast the waves pound the rocky shore and the Roaring Forties bring the freshest air in the world to sweep across your face. We can also recommend a the fantastic river cruise up the Arthur River to a rather magical setting for a picnic lunch.

Be back in Stanley in time for dinner at the historic Old Cable Station Restaurant, renowned for its fabulous dishes from local produce – the wood oven roasted crayfish is a must.


Day 4: Stanley to Burnie

Time to meander back down the coast but start you day by stocking up on some fresh seafood from the Stanley wharf with its coloured fishing boats and browse the various boutiques along the main street for gifts, produce, arts and crafts.

The secluded beachside holiday town of Boat Harbour is just a short detour from the highway. Tip your toes in the blue waters and enjoy a walk along the white beach.

Down the road at Table Cape is the Van Dieman Tulip Farm which is an amazing sight in Spring. If the timing's not quite right for the full spectacle, call in to their farm gate shop for a warm welcome and to pick up bulbs, flowers and other goodies.

Make your way down the coast to Burnie for the night.

Tip: Burnie City Apartments is offering VisitVineyards.com subscribers a very special rate if you visit before the end of August 2013 »


Day 5: Burnie to Launceston

Breakfast at one of the cafes in Burnie or head to Devonport for coffee at Laneway then start your journey to Launceston. Take the road less travelled and head towards Barrington where you'll find Barringwood Park Vineyards. Dare we say more award-winning wine on offer with country views to match?

Next stop is Sheffield, the the mural capital of Tasmania. An interesting township to walk around with nearly all the blank building walls now taken up with magnificent murals, visually telling the history of the area.

If the amber fluid is your style, then take a detour to Railton and the Seven Sheds Brewery, Meadery and Hop Garden. The beers are brewed beautifully by Willie Simpson, long time industry expert and author of several excellent beer books who also guides you through a tasting. (Railton is also well known for its topiary as well).

Back to Deloraine with a stop in at 41 Degrees South Salmon and Ginseng Farm which also incorporates a natural wetlands where the changing seasons bring different birdlife to the area.

Sadly it's on to Launceston and time to say farewell to Tasmania for now. We hope you've stocked up on gourmet goodies and will take some great memories home with you. That was just part of what the North West has to offer, will you be back to discover more or choose another part of the state for your next destination?


Base itinerary provided by Tourism Tasmania with additions by VisitVineyards.com


Inspired to come and visit?

VisitVineyards.com has some great accommodation offers from around the state to entice you to make that booking »


Need more regional touring ideas?

 Check out these sample itineraries for inspiration:

East Coast »

East Coast Wineries »

Huon Valley »

Hobart and surrounds »

Launceston and surrounds »




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