Jan
15
2014

Highlights of the North West

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There's nothing quite like travelling through Tasmania's wild North West, with its abundant dramatic scenery, welcoming small towns and the true 'back to nature' experience it offers.

Whether you're on a solo trip, travelling with friends, a partner or with the whole family in tow, there's something for everybody in this beautiful part of Tasmania.

Here are some of the highlights of the region, including certain natural wonders and towns you'll find along the way.

Must-see sights of the North West: Latrobe

One of Latrobe's claims to fame is that it's the platypus capital of the world! You can see these creatures in the flesh at the Warrawee Forest Reserve. Head to the viewing platform to spot these playful animals, or take a guided tour where you can learn about these treasured Australian icons from the experts.

Be sure to wander the streets and lanes of Latrobe town, with its 76 heritage-listed buildings sure to impress. Stop by the House of Anvers Chocolate Factory, which hosts the annual Chocolate Winterfest in July – not to be missed by those with a sweet tooth.

For a healthier indulgence, check out the Cherry Shed where all kinds of this tasty stone fruit can be found.

Wood-chopping is also a beloved pastime of this town, and to learn about its heritage visit the enlightening Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame.

Latrobe is easy to get to as it's just a short 15 minute drive from Devonport.

The Tarkine

The Tarkine takes out the impressive title of Australia's largest rainforest. It is named the Tarkine after the Tarkiner Aboriginal people who once lived in the area. There are many remnants of their society throughout the rainforest, so why not explore and marvel at some of the history?

Visit the Pieman River where you can take a river cruise, go on a hike, nestle into some comfortable accommodation and enjoy your time right amongst nature.
Or you can embark on a cruise that travels back out to the coast on the Arthur River, giving you access to rugged and pristine beaches.

King Island

Off the North West coast of mainland Tasmania you'll find King Island. This wind-swept island is constantly buffeted by westerly winds, so make sure you dress warmly if you decide to visit.

There are plenty of things to do here, such as enjoy the fresh local seafood on offer, sourced from the surrounding ocean. Crayfish season is a particular highlight! Be sure to visit the King Island Dairy, with mouth-watering products such as cream and cheese available. Hang out at Currie, the town's main centre on the doorstep of a beautiful harbour.

The Lavinia Nature Reserve is another highlight, where you can spot wallabies, platypi, sea eagles and orange-bellied parrots, just to name a few of the species that call this reserve home.

You might even want to try your hand at a game of golf along the rugged coastline. Or perhaps you'd rather spend time diving, exploring sites of one of the many shipwrecks surrounding the island.

All in all it's is an incredibly serene place to spend time, so if you're looking to truly get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, make a beeline for King Island.

These are just some of the highlights of Tasmania's North West region, so why not jump in a car and start exploring?

Latrobe township and its picturesque Bells Parade. Image Credit:  Carol Haberle

Fungi near the Tarkine Wilderness Retreat - Image Credit: Tarkine Trails

The Tarkine, walking near Tarkine Wilderness Lodge - Image Credit: Tarkine Wilderness Lodge

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