4 days in the Central North
Graze your way out of Deloraine and across the fertile food bowl of the north west, with Bass Strait views along the way.
- Clustered together like a three-course meal just outside Deloraine are the delights of Tasmanian Truffles, 41° South Tasmania and 3 Willows Vineyard. Tasmanian Truffles is home to Australia's first black truffles – why not join a truffle hunting tour? – while 41° South Tasmania is an inland salmon farm, wetland and ginseng plantation with walking trails through the property. Then it's time to kick back with a cheese platter and wine at 3 Willows.
- The feast continues on the other side of Deloraine at Hazelbrae Hazelnuts, one of Australia's largest hazelnut groves. Enjoy a guided tasting and perhaps linger for lunch on the deck overlooking the orchard.
- Deloraine is platypus country, with a number of the elusive animals inhabiting this section of the Meander River. The Empire Hotel runs free platypus-spotting walks along the riverbank at sunset.
- Stay overnight around Deloraine. Options include Falls River Eco Luxury, with a wilderness waterfall at its doorstep, and Wandering Trout Taphouse, with guestrooms above a craft brewery in a 120-year-old building in Mole Creek.
- Morning tea is as local as it gets at Tasmanian Food and Wine Conservatory, a converted greenhouse serving entirely Tasmanian produce.
- Round out the morning feast at The Berry Patch in Turners Beach, where you can pick your own berries across the summer season, or settle back over a wood-fired pizza in the cafe.
- Set sail from Ulverstone to explore the Leven River with Leven River Cruises. Bird life along the waterway might include white-bellied sea eagles and the rare Tasmanian azure kingfisher, with the chance of a platypus sighting.
- For stunning coastline, take the road less travelled and follow Penguin Road all the way in to Penguin. Dine at El Perro Penguin and find beachside bliss at the likes of Novo Luxury Apartment.
- Start the day with a ride at the Penguin Mountain Bike Park, which has six kilometres of single track suited to all abilities, and direct links to more trails on the Dial Range.
- Join the Whisky Walk tour at Hellyers Road Distillery to learn about the distilling process and the fascinating history of this Burnie distillery, founded by a group of dairy farmers.
- There's automotive royalty in the vintage-car collection at Wonders of Wynyard, where pride of place goes to a 1903 Model A Ford, one of the oldest existing cars built by the Ford Motor Company.
- Stay the night at Coastal Pods Wynyard, where shipping containers have been converted into architect-designed accommodation on the banks of the Inglis River.
- Set the Table as your goal this morning, venturing up and onto Table Cape, the remains of a 12-million-year-old volcano responsible for the area's fertile soils. At its tip, enjoy panoramic coastal views from Table Cape Lighthouse. In early October, the Table Cape Tulip Farm blazes with colour and is a sight to behold.
- At the Lobster Ponds in Flowerdale, meet one of the island’s most incredible and threatened creatures, the giant freshwater lobster. The world's largest freshwater crayfish species is endemic to rivers of northern Tasmania.
- Poking into Bass Strait, compact Rocky Cape National Park is a place of sea caves, sheltered beaches and coastal walks. A 15-minute walk from the lighthouse leads to North Cave, once used as a shelter by Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
- Overnight among wombats and wallabies at the national park's edge at Glamp Sandridge in Sisters Beach.
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