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Welcome to a place where the world's freshest air feeds one of the planet's rare cool-temperate rainforests, and the fertile earth feeds all who come in search of inspiration.

 

Go forage

Look at the vibrant colour of the earth and it's immediately apparent why the produce along the Northern Forage drive journey is so fresh and fabulous. Head beyond the farm gate and the cellar door with a hands-on foraging experience. Pick a berry feast at Hillwood Berries, taste freshly cracked nuts on the farm at Hazelbrae Hazelnuts, and pour and wax seal a bottle of whisky at Hellyers Road Distillery.

 

Follow a taste trail

Take a road trip fuelled by flavour on the Tasting Trail Cradle to Coast. This drive across the north west has about 40 gastronomic stops, with options as diverse as Southern Wild Distillery, making gin in the heart of Devonport; Tasmanian Pickled Onions, served at its pantry and café; and dairy goodness from the paddock at Ashgrove Cheese. On average, there’s a stop at a producer about every six kilometres along the trail, and the scenery is as delicious as the produce.

Close up image of hands holding a bunch of hazelnuts at the Hazelbrae at Hagley.
Hazelbrae Hazelnuts
Kelly Slater
Close up of hands picking berries at Southern Wild Distillery, Devonport.
Southern Wild Distillery
Rob Burnett

Breathe deep

Inhale. Some of the freshest air on the planet blows across the Northern Forage – it's officially recorded at Cape Grim, on the island’s north-west tip. So inhale again. Not far away you can stand at the so-called Edge of the World near Arthur River and watch swells roll in from across thousands of kilometres of unbroken ocean. Stand atop The Nut, the impressive remains of an ancient volcanic plug, in nearby Stanley and the air is just as cleansing. Feel the difference after a session at Floating Sauna Lake Derby, Australia's only floating wood-fired sauna. Heat up then dive into the lake. It's just the ticket after a day of mountain biking at Blue Derby.

Couple running along a pier, about to jump into the Floating Sauna Lake Derby, surrounded by stunning wilderness.
Floating Sauna Lake Derby
Jason Charles Hil

Raise a glass

Plot a course between cellar doors on the Tamar Valley Wine Trail, winding past orchards, lavender farms and forests on your way into the state’s oldest winegrowing region. It’s compact, picturesque and packed with gourmet experiences. The trail links about 30 cellar doors on both sides of the Tamar, from Pipers River in the north to Relbia in the south. This cool-climate region has a global reputation for its sparkling wines, sharing latitudinal position and similar growing conditions with the French region of Champagne. There’s more to the Tamar than bubbles, of course. Much of its reputation rests on high-quality pinot noir, as well as chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc.

 

Lady holding empty glass, looking at the menu inside Pipers Brook Vineyard.
Pipers Brook Vineyard
Jarrad Seng

Get your hands dirty

Unearth rare black truffles with Doug the truffle dog at The Truffle Farm near Deloraine. Follow up the hunt with a truffle tasting and farm-style platter. Forage, harvest, cook and share at The Truffledore which has tastings and truffle cooking experiences. Head into the paddocks for a DIY farmer experience at Guide Falls Farm, or do a guided tour for immersion in farm life.

 

Close up of a women in a red dress with red painted nails holding truffles in her hands.
Truffles
Jamie Roberts
Young boy with his father, feeding chickens on the Guide Falls Farm.
Guide Falls Farm
Jess Bonde

Seek adventure

The Northern Forage covers territory that ranks among the world’s great mountain-biking destinations, chiefly the network of purpose-built trails at Blue Derby. Its success has inspired the rise of other mountain-biking destinations nearby, including the expanding network at Wild Mersey near Latrobe. Want a new angle on life? Take to the treetops on a ziplining tour or high ropes course with Hollybank Wilderness Adventures.

Kid on the flying ziplines, smiling with their arms out to the side, located at the Hollybank Wilderness Adventures.
Hollybank Wilderness Adventures
Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
Vibrant action shot of person on their mountain bike, going off a jump, with Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, Blue Tier Descent.
Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails
Flow Mountain Bike

Nature calls

Nature has worked its magic across the Northern Forage. The drive journey spans Australia's largest cool-temperate rainforest at takayna / Tarkine, great mobs of wildlife in Narawntapu National Park and the gem-like Little Blue Lake near Derby, where old mines have filled with water transformed by minerals into the most brilliant shade of blue.

Image of a wombat surrounded by bushland.
Wombat
Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

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