Great Nature Trail
From the abundant wildlife of Narawntapu National Park along 200 km of scenic coastal drive to the wild and remote far north-west coast.
Explore: Tasmania's North West
Duration: 2 - 4 days
National Parks and Reserves:
- Rocky Cape National Park
Devonport - Burnie
- Start your journey at Narawntapu National Park just east of Devonport, where Forester kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and pademelons graze unconcerned by your presence. Narawntapau is a great location but so much better at dusk.
- Across the Rubicon estuary from the park is Port Sorell, with its distinctive, attractive beach and laid-back lifestyle. Join the locals on a relaxed walk along the foreshore after a meal of local food and wine.
- For something more sedate, perhaps wander among the 1,900 trees and shrubs of the Tasmanian Arboretum at Eugenana. Identify native species and see first-hand how exotic plants adjust to Tasmanian conditions.
- The original highway between Devonport and Burnie is a scenic coastal drive that passes through the fascinating small towns of Ulverstone and Penguin. Look out for dolphins and whales on your way as they are often sighted along this coastal trail.
- The Sunday Penguin School Market is popular with people en route to destinations farther west. You may not see a shy little penguin during your visit, but you can have your photo taken with the ‘Big Penguin’ on the foreshore. Penguin also has a great range of cafés and dining options if you choose to stay a little longer.
- The ‘Caves and Canyon’ detour inland from Ulverstone or Penguin is diverse and rewarding. The road takes you first through Gunns Plains, the idyllic setting for Gunns Plains Caves.
- Overnight Burnie and surrounds.