With so much to see, to feel, to experience, all within striking distance of each other, it’s no wonder that North West Tasmania is the perfect weekend getaway destination. The outstanding scenery runs from dramatic coastlines to the iconic Cradle Mountain, complemented by the cosmopolitan vibrancy of larger towns which feature a throng of exceptional fine-dining restaurants and impressive art galleries.

Here are our top 5 simply unmissable experiences for North West Tasmania:

1. The volcanic soil around North West Tasmania is so rich and fertile, it really is no surprise that the region cooks up a culinary storm. Whether you’re eating fish and chips on the sea-front, or enjoying an opulent fine-dining experience, the quality of the locally-sourced produce shines through. The Bayviews restaurant in Burnie offers exquisite yet unpretentious modern Tasmanian cuisine with magnificent ringside-seat views of the ocean.

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2. You won’t ever experience a more splendid, diverse natural environment than Tasmania’s North West Coast. Explore coastlines with pristine beaches and sparkling waters. Move inland and discover botanical gardens bursting with rhododendrons and tulips, serene lakes, rivers, gorges, deep caves, sheer cliffs and nature reserves with their exotic wildlife inhabitants. Visit the forgotten wilderness of the Tarkine, Australia’s largest expanse of temperate rainforest and witness the world’s only blackwood sink-hole at the delightfully named Dismal Swamp.

3. The outstanding beauty, and fresh, invigorating air of Tasmania’s North West clear the mind and rejuvenate the soul. Relinquish the stresses of daily life further by indulging in a little pampering courtesy of the luxurious Waldheim Alpine Spa. Set amid the harmonious wilderness of Cradle Mountain, you can succumb to lavish spa treatments and the healing therapies in the Sanctuary.

4. The region has a cultural scene which is every bit as variegated as its scenery, streaked with a distinct Aboriginal influence. You’ll come across interesting museums, galleries, and a whole host of unusual artistic endeavours, including metal and leather craft as well as the more common-place sculptures and paintings. The Burnie Regional Gallery has a strong national presence and houses three separate galleries under one roof.

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5. Not surprisingly, the strong artisan presence in the region is also reflected in the shopping, with arts and craft studios mingling with an elaborate mix of collectables, antique emporiums and gift shops. Visit one of the many markets dotted across the region overflowing with locally grown produce and home-made treats. Give in to temptation and savour the delectable Belgian chocolate from the House of Anvers.


There is no other place on earth more qualified for a break away from reality than Tasmania’s North West. With so much to discover, check out our range of accommodation in Tasmania and indulge yourself.


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