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Smithton is the last stop before Arthur River – and the beginning of the Tarkine wilderness.

Surrounded by lush green fields fed by the rains of the Roaring Forties, Smithton has plenty of in-town and nearby attractions. Get an overview of the north-west on a scenic flight or take a tour of the Tarkine and surrounds.

The evocatively named Dismal Swamp (Tarkine Forest Adventures) has a unique sunken Blackwood forest that can be reached by foot, buggy or a thrilling slide ride down to the forest floor.

Further west at Marrawah, thrill-seeking surfers take on the seriously dangerous swells of the wild Southern Ocean and Tasmanian devils can be seen in the wild on a unique overnight stay.

At Cape Grim on Tasmania's north-western tip you can breathe the cleanest air in the world on a spectacular guided coastal walk and tour Tasmania's largest wind farm harnessing the powerful winds of the Roaring Forties.

Smithton is a 1-hr drive (86 km) from Burnie.

Local tips

  • Sample some of Tasmania's best dairy products, fresh seafood and prime beef, available at farm gates, eateries in town or where ever you are in the region.