4 days in the North West
Nuts about the North West
Freshness comes naturally in the north west, where the world's cleanest air blows over Australia's largest cool-climate rainforest, and towns such as Stanley and Marrawah savour their sea breezes.
- The fishing village of Stanley sits at the foot of The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug rising from the sea. A short walking track zig-zags steeply to its flat summit, but the easiest journey to the top is on The Nut chairlift.
- Find fish straight off the boats at Hursey Seafoods. Dine upstairs, or grab takeaway from the downstairs counter and head to the shores.
- At dusk, watch little penguins suit up on Godfreys Beach. A raised boardwalk at the beach's southern end provides a bird's-eye view.
- Spend the night at Ship Inn Stanley, Horizon Deluxe Apartments, or Stanley Hotel and Apartments, which has cottages and historical buildings dotted around town.
- Gain an historical perspective at Highfield Historic Site, perched on a ridge above town. The grand estate was developed in the 1830s for the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Land Company, and the restored homestead features an ornate garden and sweeping coastal views
- You needn't leave the grounds of Highfield to join a cooking class with Provenance Kitchen by Cape Grim Beef. Half and full-day classes, using local seasonal produce, cover the gourmet gamut, from foraging to cooking to eating.
- It’s not just the air that’s fresh in the north west, it's rivalled by the waters of takayna/Tarkine, which is where Tarkine Fresh Oysters grows its bounty of bivalves. Visit its Smithton centre for tastings and sales.
- On Tasmania's far north-west tip is the Woolnorth property, Australia's largest dairy operation. Woolnorth Tours delves into its remarkable history – it's Australia's only farm created by royal charter - visits the state's first wind farm, and provides the only chance to stand atop the cliffs of Cape Grim and feel that freshest of fresh air.
- Overnight at Stanley.
- Feel the power of the ocean at Green Point Beach in Marrawah. Find beautiful rock pools along the edge of Green Point itself, or simply watch the waves thunder ashore – this is revered territory for surfers.
- Go from fierce to flat water with a cruise on Arthur River. Never dammed or logged, this pristine waterway, which can be as still and reflective as meditation, is the focus of Arthur River Cruises. The Arthur River Reflections Cruise sails 14 kilometres inland along the river.
- Back on the wild west coast, detour to Edge of the World, a point of land assaulted by the Southern Ocean and stacked with logs and driftwood. If the world does have an edge, truly it's here.
- Return to Smithton for the night, staying at Tall Timbers Tasmania and tasting local Cape Grim beef at the Tall Timbers Kauri Bistro.
- The Tarkine, Australia's largest temperate rainforest, is primeval and frayed at the edges by a wild coastline. It warrants a full day of exploration, best spent with Tall Timbers Adventure Tours, surveying the coast and plunging deep into the forest.
- If exploring independently, set out on the Tarkine Drive, a 60-kilometre sealed loop taking in limestone sinkholes at Lake Chisholm Forest Reserve, ancient forests of myrtle and ferns, and Trowutta Arch, where a collapsed cave has left a fern-filled natural archway between a pair of sinkholes.
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