The north-west region of Tasmania offers visitors an experience to be remembered with its rugged exterior acting as a backdrop for many of the nation’s most picturesque landscapes with spectacular views at every turn along the coastal highway.
Devonport is the region’s main city with the state’s two ferries Spirit of Tasmania I and II delivering close to 400,000 passengers to the state each year.
The north-west coast is arguably the most diverse and captivating of the state’s three regions with its cool temperate rain forest the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. It’s a region steeped in history with walking and four wheel drive tracks second to none and for those who enjoy something more adventurous - the kayaking venues are mind-blowing while the coastline offers some of the wildest surf in Australia.
Racing on the north-west coast dates back to the early 1900s with its thoroughbred track at Devonport refurbished in recent years to boast an all-weather synthetic racing surface that has become a popular venue for punters and racing participants alike.
The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is designed to help you discover the best artisanal producers this special region of Tasmania has to offer.
The Tarkine is a must see for nature lovers with its 455,000 hectare expanse of wilderness recently made accessible by road. Today fully sealed roads lead adventurers through this truly remarkable location.
The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail has roadside stalls and farmhouse shops selling vegetables and fruits, pies, cheeses and handcrafted chocolates. Cellar doors offer wines, beers and whisky from dedicated boutique wineries and distilleries.
The $100,000 Devonport Cup is traditionally run on the second Wednesday in January at Spreyton’s Luxbet All-Weather course located about a 15 minute drive from the city centre of Devonport.
Harness racing and greyhound racing is held at the Devonport Showground which is located on the rim of the CBD with action on the harness track close enough that race-goers might feel as if they could reach out and touch the horses as they pace by.
The Burnie Harness Racing Club also delivers a brilliant racing experience for two months of the season at the old Wivenhoe showground, boasting an extremely tight circular track. Participants and punters alike rally to the venue.
Further along the coast is Stanley, the birthplace of Australia’s fifth Prime Mister Joseph Lyon, a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, genteel cafes and quality B&B cottages all sheltered beneath the imposing shadow of The Nut. The Nut is an immense flat topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water's edge.