Narawntapu National Park
Narawntapu National Park is a peaceful coastal refuge, with inlets, small islands, wetlands, sand dunes, lagoons and an amazing variety of plants and animals.
Located on Tasmania's central north coast, Narawntapu stretches from Greens Beach on the mouth of the Tamar River to Bakers Beach in the west and is one of the best places to view free-ranging wildlife in the state. The park boasts a rich array of easily observed animals that come out in the evening to graze on the grasslands, including Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and wombats. Listen for the growls and screeches of Tasmanian devils.
Many species of birds gather in the park, including honeyeaters, rosellas, black cockatoos and all manner of twittering robins. Water birds flourish on the shores and lagoons at Springlawn and can be easily observed from a bird hide. The park is also the feeding ground for the endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and white-bellied sea eagles are often seen gliding overhead.
Narawntapu National Park is rich in Aboriginal heritage, with many shell middens and artefacts that can be seen on walking trails across the park.
Full-day walks take in superb coastal views, with fascinating changes in the landscape and a variety of wildflowers and rare plants such as club moss and prickly tree fern.
For the highest views of the surrounding landscape, take the long and accessible trek to Point Vision. There's also a 26-kilometre horse riding trail, with holding yards for overnight stays.
The visitor centre at Springlawn has interpretive displays, picnic facilities, kiosk and toilets. During most summer holidays, discovery rangers offer a varied program of walks, talks and other activities for children and adults.
Camping and accommodation
Camping is permitted at Springlawn, the Horse Yards, Bakers Point and Koybaa.
Commercial accommodation nearby is available in Beauty Point, Clarence Point, Greens Beach, Hawley Beach, Kelso, and Shearwater.
Narawntapu National Park is around a 90 minute-drive from Launceston.