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'''North West Coast''' is in [[Australia]].
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The '''North West Coast''' is a region in [[Tasmania]], [[Australia]].
  
==Cities==
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==Cities & Townships==
* [[Wynyard]]
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* [[Burnie]] - The second largest city on the North West Coast. The fifth largest container port in Australia.
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* [[Devonport]] - The largest city on the North West Coast. Base of The Spirit Of Tasmania.
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* [[Latrobe (Tasmania)|Latrobe]]
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* [[Penguin]]
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* [[Sheffield (Tasmania)|Sheffield]]
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* [[Smithton]]
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* [[Somerset (Tasmania)|Somerset]]
 
* [[Stanley (Tasmania)|Stanley]]
 
* [[Stanley (Tasmania)|Stanley]]
* [[Burnie]]
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* [[Ulverstone]]
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* [[Wynyard]]
  
==Other destinations==
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==National Parks==
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* [[Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park]]
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* [[Mole Creek Karst National Park]]
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* [[Narawntapu National Park]]
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* [[Rocky Cape National Park]]
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* [[Walls of Jerusalem National Park]]
  
==Understand==
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==See & Do==
  
==Talk==
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===Beaches===
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There are many beaches all along the coast line this are the most visited.
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* '''Boat Harbour Beach''' - A beautiful little beach in a small bay with turquoise waters. Approximately 20 minutes from Wynyard.
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* '''Godfreys Beach''' - At Stanley. A beautiful beach with stunning views of The Nut.
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* '''Greens Beach''' - At Marrawah, 1h45m west of Burnie. Known as a good location for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
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* '''Sisters Beach''' - Approximately 30 minutes from Wynyard.
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* '''Somerset Beach''' - Located between Wynyard and Burnie, this is a nice swimming beach. The town center is a few minutes walk from the beach.
  
==Get in==
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===Caves===
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All caves must be done with a tour guide which is included with the entrance fee which is bought at the cave entrances. Tours run seven days a week. All tours are approximately 45 minutes in duration.
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* '''Gunns Plains Cave''' - 30km south of Ulverstone. The tour times are from 10 am – 4 pm on the hour.
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* '''King Solomon Cave''' - 16km from Mole Creek. Named for its profusion of light-reflecting calcite crystals, conjuring up images of the legendary King Solomon’s mines.
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* '''Marakoopa Cave''' - Close to Mole Creek. A cave of large caverns and extensive areas of flowstone formations. This cave also offers the best glow-worm display of any tourist cave in Australia.
  
==Get around==
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===Events===
Best done by car. There's a maze of side roads off the main highway which connects the far North West with Burnie, Devonport and Launceston.
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* '''AGFEST''' [http://agfest.com.au/] - A renowned annual agricultural field day held in the Australian state of Tasmania. It was first held in 1983 and is run by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania with profits assisting Tasmania Rural Counselling. It has grown to the state's largest single event and attracts up to 70,000 visitors during three days in May each year at the 200-acre (80 ha) site in rural Carrick.
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* '''Bloomin Tulips Festival''' [http://www.warwyn.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=374] (Wynyard) - An annual celebration of everything that is colourful, beautiful and charming about not only the tulips that adorn Table Cape, but also our the Waratah-Wynyard municipality.
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* '''Burnie Shines''' [http://www.burnieshines.com/] - A month long festival held every October. See website for details.
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* '''Chocolate Winterfest''' [http://www.chocolatewinterfest.com.au/] (Latrobe) - Latrobe's wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate.
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* '''Devonport Jazz''' [http://www.devonportjazz.com/] - Annual music festival featuring artists from interstate as well as Tasmania's leading jazz musicians, Devonport Jazz is a celebration of all jazz genres - both old and new. Devonport Jazz breaks the mould by incorporating elements of education, food, visual art, dance and film into the traditional jazz festival program.
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* '''Festival In The Park''' [http://www.festivalinthepark.org.au/] (Ulverstone) - A major celebration of lifestyle, food, wine and entertainment of Tasmania's North West Coast. It is held in Anzac Park on the banks of the beautiful Leven River.
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* '''Forth Valley Blues Festival''' [http://www.forthvalleyblues.com/index.html] - The festival has showcased some of the very best in Australian Blues & Roots music talent, with both home grown Tassie acts and great mainland names.
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* '''Mural Fest''' [http://www.muralfest.com.au/] (Sheffield) - The International Mural Fest is a truly unique art competition that is held annually in Sheffield - the 'Town of Murals', in Tasmania, Australia, commencing Easter Sunday every year.
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* '''Taste of the North West''' (Sheffield) - A showcase of Tasmania’s North West region’s finest food and beverages, held in the picturesque King George V Park with majestic Mount Roland as a backdrop. End of April.
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* '''Taste The Harvest''' [http://www.tastetheharvest.org.au/] (Devonport) - The aim of the festival is to celebrate the diversity of fantastic produce that is available on the North West Coast.
  
==See==
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===Historical===
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* '''Brickendon''' [http://brickendon.com.au/] - One of Tasmania's oldest farming properties, settled in 1824 by William Archer, the farm has been continuously operated and lived on by his direct descendants, now in their 7th generation.
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* '''Don River Railway''' [http://www.donriverrailway.com.au/]
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* '''Highfield Historic Site''' [http://www.historic-highfield.com.au/] - Located at Stanley. Built from 1832 to 1835 for the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Company. The State Government purchased the house in the early 1980's when it was in a dilapidated state. Today the house has been restored and invites visitors to look through the beautiful old building and grounds, read the interpretation and ask the guides for any information about the early history of Stanley.
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* '''Latrobe''' - The township of Latrobe is one of the finest historical towns in Tasmania.
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* '''Waldhiem''' - Located in the Cradle Valley. Gustav and Kate Weindorfer built the rustic home and guest chalet in 1912.
  
===Itineraries===
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===Markets===
'''Van Diemen's Land Tour''' Starting point:  Launceston; Approx 1000 km in 5 days
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* '''Burnie Farmers Market''' - 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month 8am to 12.30pm. Up to 50 stalls of both fresh produce and crafts. Wivenhoe Show Grounds, Smith Street, Burnie.
*Day 1:  Launceston - Gowrie Park;  Sights:  '''King Solomon Cave, Devil's Gullet'''
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* '''Devonport Farmers Market''' - 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month 8.30am -12noon. Devonport Showgrounds, off Gunn Street.
Follow A1 direction Devonport/Deloraine, turn off onto C513 to Liffey Falls;  This gravel road is not suitable for Campervans etc. The road leads you through the Western Tiers with the typical rain forest to A5. This leads you to Deloraine where you turn off towards Cradle Mountain/Mole Creek (B12).  The '''Caves''' are a couple of km past Mole Creek and worth a visit. Around the caves is a short walk through the forest, a nice way to stretch your legs and pass the time until the next tour.  The tour of the cave was one of the best I ever went on, because the guide didn't only focus on the cave and stone formations but also knew a lot about Tassie's animals, plants etc. A bit further down the road follow the sign to '''Devil's gullet''' on the left.  It's private but open to the public at own risk.  This gravel road is again not suitable for Campervans.  On some sort of a plateau a footpath leads to a platform at the top of the cliffs. From there it's about a 50m drop and you have an absolutely stunning view of the Western Tiers and Cradle Mountains. Back in the valley follow the C138 towards Sheffield, you passed the turnoff on your way to Devil's gullet.'''Gowrie Park''' is in the middle of nowhere at the foot of Mt Roland. On the right hand side there's a campsite which also offers cheap hostel type accommodation and a communal kitchen.  Further down the road there's also a free campsite.
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* '''Don Village Market''' - Situated opposite Don River Railway, Don Village Market is run every Sunday, specialising in homemade crafts and produce. Outdoor and undercover stalls are available catering for approximately 50 stalls from homespun goods through to the garden enthusiasts.
*Day 2 Gowrie Park - Wynyard;  Sights: '''Murals in Sheffield; Fossil Bluff & Table Cape in Wynyard'''
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* '''Latrobe Market''' - Every Sunday, Latrobe hosts its popular street market which has a little bit of everything from antiques and crafts to fresh produce and home made preserves. This market will delight the treasure trove enthusiasts, antiques collectors, food and vegetable buffs. Something to please everybody.
Head back into the direction you came from, then turn off onto C140 to Staverton;  You pass '''Tasmazia''' on the way, it's nice for children as well as adults.Tasmazia is well worth an extended visit of at least a few hours. Inside this now well established hedge maze complex you will find a full scale replica of Hampton Court Maze, the Confusion Maze, which is reputed to be harder to find your way out of than into and many other mazes. The Great Maze, visible from the roadside was the largest hedge maze in the world when it was planted in 1985 and has now grown up to a magnificent size. It conceals many interesting and whimsical things such as the 1/5TH scale Village of Lower Crackpot, Cubby Town and Spook House. The maze complex has a gift store, pancake parlor and picnic tables where the public is encouraged to stop and rest on the way to Cradle Mountain.   Right beside it, a small road leads you down to '''Lake Barrington''', site of a recent Rowing World Cup. The C140 brings you to '''Sheffield''', where most buildings are nicely painted with historical scenes. From there the B14 brings to the coast.  Follow the A2 to '''Wynyard'''.  '''Fossil Bluff''' can only be visited at low tide, so check the times.  The ladies at the tourist information are exceptionally helpful and friendly.  Decent accommodation is offered by the '''Beach Retreat Tourist Park''' with campsites and motel type cabins. Leisure Ville Holiday Centre [http://www.leisureville.com.au] is another option which offers caravan and camping facilities along with a range of self contained cabins and apartment style villas.
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* '''Penguin Market''' [http://www.thepenguinmarket.com/] - The Penguin Market is one of Tasmania's largest markets offering over 200 stalls under cover. This makes Penguin Market one of the only all weather markets. The Market has quality product lines, which include fresh produce, fine Tasmanian woodwork, jewellery, fashion, giftware, hand made craft and home wares. There is also an International food court, which includes pizza and pasta, an espresso bar, souvlaki, seafood, Asian food, an ice cream bar, juice and health food.
*Day 3 Hike through '''Rocky Cape NP'''; Allow 6-8 hours, you should be in a reasonable shape as some climbs are quite steep.
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* '''Sheffield Town Hall Market''' - Held every third Saturday of each month from 9am to 2pm with stalls along High Street and inside the Town Hall. Stalls include second hand goods, preserves, live poultry, biscuits and cakes, handcrafts and handmade gifts, stationary supplies, fresh produce, coffee and yummy food.
Leave the car at Sisters Beach, the track starts off opposite the boat ramp.  Officially you should register with the Park office which I didn't find.  Good hiking boots and a jacket are mandatory, it's very windy on top of the hills and the track is overgrown at times.  Discover Mountain dragons and watch the eagles on the inland path to Rocky Cape.  Rocky Cape has road access, if you don't feel like walking back.  The track along the beach is fun, but hard at times as you have to climb over rocks.  The pink ribbons show you the way.  Check the tides ahead of your hike.
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* '''Made with Love Market Bazaar (Wynyard)''' - A hidden gem of a market held every second Saturday of the month. Market goers can purchase reasonably priced high quality locally handmade homewares, jewellery, candles, fashion, baby/children's wear and toys, plants and locally grown produce, speciality cakes/sweets and nanna style home baking.
*Day 4 Wynyard - Arthur River; Sights: '''Stanley: the Nut, Highfield Heritage Site; Surfers in Marrawah; Sunset at Arthur River'''
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* '''Wynyard Farmers Market''' - 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month 8.30am to 12noon. Wynyard Showgrounds, Jackson St Wynyard.
'''The Nut''' in Stanley is some sort of a monolith and the main attraction of the town. A chairlift brings you to the top and an easy stroll offers good views of the coast.  If you're interested in local history visit the '''Highfield Heritage Site''' located in the former headquarters of the Van Diemen's Company. 
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The A2 then brings you to Smithton and further towards the west coast.  Be sure to have enough petrol as the next petrol station is in Marrawah.  This is also the last petrol station for miles if you plan on taking the Wilderness Highway.
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On weekends the beach at '''Marrawah''' can be very busy because the constant waves attract a lot of surfers.  If you don't get a place at the local free campsite travel on to Arthur River. The local campsite offers cheap, basic sites.  Take a stroll along the beach in Arthur River,sometimes called the '''Edge of the World''' (it's 17 000km to the next landmass).
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*Day 5 Arthur River - Launceston;  Sights: '''South Arthur Forest Drive'''
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Go back the way you came.  From Smithton the B22 and C218 take you into the '''Tarkine Wilderness''' and onto the Forest Drive.  Take stops at '''Kannunan Bridge, Julius River''' (also a free campsite) and '''Lake Chisholm'''. Unfortunately Tayetea Bridge got flushed away with the last flood, so you have to take the same way back to Smithton. From there stay on the main highways (A2, A1).
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==Do==
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===Museums & Galleries===
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* '''Burnie Regional Museum''' [http://www.discoverburnie.net/what-to-see/museum.html] - History of Burnie and surrounds.
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* '''Burnie Regional Art Gallery''' [http://www.burniearts.net/] - Three galleries exhibiting a permanent collection and local, state and national exhibitions.
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* '''Bass Strait Maritime Centre''' [http://www.bassstraitmc.com.au/] - Located in Devonport.
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* '''Devonport Gallery''' [http://www.devonportgallery.com/] - Open Mon to Fri 10-5, Sat 12-5, Sun and Public Holidays 1-5.
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* '''Devonport Regional Gallery''' - Presents an annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs including events and workshops.
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* '''Makers' Workshop''' [http://www.discoverburnie.net/] - Located in Burnie. The Makers' Workshop is a place that honours Burnie's history, makers, innovators and artists.
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* '''Mural House''' (Sheffield) - Specialises in murals inspired by native art from a range of cultures, painted by the artist on the interior walls of her home.
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* '''Stanley Artworks Studio Gallery''' - Stanley Artworks seeks to illustrate the Tasmanian identity through a distinctive selection of contemporary Tasmanian art and craft. Representing more than 50 Tasmanian artists, the Gallery features a diverse range of work in a vibrant program of exhibitions.
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* '''Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Museum''' - Offers guided tours and thousands of different artifacts arranged in many different displays to encompass the Aboriginal heritage of the area.
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* '''The Wilderness Gallery''' [http://www.wildernessgallery.com.au/] (Cradle Mountain) - Photographing wild places needs a mix of physical toughness, extraordinary skill and emotional sensitivity. See the captivating results in The Wilderness Gallery, Tasmania's unique purpose-built showcase for environmental photography. These beautiful and dramatic images from photographers based in Australia and around the world will excite your imagination, lift your spirits and expand your horizon.
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===Walks===
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There is also plenty of walks available in all of the regions national parks. There are many walks available unlisted here and if you wish to undertake any of these you should seek the appropriate guidebooks and maps. Tasmania's weather can be unforgiving so you must be prepared for all types of weather. It is possible to join walks by the North West Walking Club. [http://www.nwwc.org.au/]
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* '''Devils Gullet''' - Near Mole Creek. A stunning lookout platform overhanging sheer cliff face, with views to Cradle Mountain across the huge chasm of Fisher River Valley.
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* '''Dial Range''' - Views along the coast and looking down on Penguin.
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* '''Great Western Tiers''' - A collection of mountain bluffs in the northern part of the Central Highlands. Lots of day walks.
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* '''Hellyer Gorge''' - A number of walking tracks along the banks of the Hellyer River.
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* '''Leven Canyon''' - Enjoy spectacular sweeping views from Cruickshanks Lookout 275m above the Leven River.
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* '''Mount Roland''' - Spectacular 360 degree views.
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* '''The Nut''' - A walking track climbs to the summit, or you can take the chairlift. Spectacular views across Bass Strait beaches and over the Stanley.
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* '''Overland Track''' [http://overlandtrack.com.au/] - The most famous bushwalk in Australia, ranking with some of the worlds best walks.
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* '''Penguin Cradle Trail''' [http://www.nwwc.org.au/index.php/penguin-cradle-trail] - A 5 to 7 day walk from Penguin to the Cradle Valley.
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* '''Sisters Beach''' - Walk to Anniversary Bay, or follow Postmans Track to Rocky Cape. Or just stoll along the beach.
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* '''South Arthur Forests''' - Julius River, Lake Chisholm, Milkshakes Hills, and Sumac Lookout.
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* '''St Valentines Peak''' - Views stretching from the coast to the north and Cradle Mountain to the south. (4h30m)
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===Waterfalls===
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* '''Bridle Veil Falls''' - Near Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat at Moina, near Cradle Valley. (4h)
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* '''Champagne Falls''' - Another hour past Bridle Veil Falls. (6h)
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* '''Dip Falls''' - 10km east of the Stanley turn off, head south to the Dip River Forest reserve. The Dip Falls are 26 kilometres from the Bass Highway junction, on a good sealed road, apart from the last few kilometres, which are gravel.
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* '''Guide Falls''' - This is a popular picnic area just south of Burnie, near Ridgley. An easy walking track to the base of the two-tiered falls is a few hundred metres upstream.
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* '''Lewis Falls and Oxley Falls''' - On the track into Lees Paddocks.
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* '''Liffey Falls''' - Off the Lake Highway along Riversdale Road. (40m)
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* '''Meander Falls''' - A one hours drive from Launceston or Devonport. (6h)
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* '''Montezuma Falls''' - At 104 metres high. it is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Tasmania. Follow the gravel road from the Murchison Highway (A10), 2km south of Rosebery, to the former township of Williamsford. (7km, 3h)
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* '''Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls''' - 100 metres downstream from the bridge, at the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park. Knyvet Falls is short stroll away. Just follow the nature track. (30m)
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* '''Philosopher’s Falls''' - 10 kilometres from Waratah. (1h30m)
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* '''Waratah Falls''' - At Waratah.
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* '''Winterbrook Falls''' - South of Nietta, close to the Leven Canyon. Located at the northern end of Black Bluff Range. (6h)
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===Other===
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* '''Dismal Swamp''' [http://dismalswamptasmania.com.au/] - The only blackwood sinkhole in the world.
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* '''Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens''' [http://www.emuvalleyrhodo.com.au/] - Located at Burnie. Beautiful gardens featuring more than 20,000 rhododendrons, lovely walks and landscaped areas which show plants from different regions of the world.
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==Get In==
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See [[Tasmania#Get_in|Tasmania]].
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==Get Around==
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The best way to see this region is by car. There's a maze of side roads off the main highway so be sure to take a good map with you.
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===By Bus===
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The main population centers are serviced by local bus networks provided by:
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* '''Metro Tasmania''' [http://www.metrotas.com.au/] provides bus services for bewteen Wynyard and Ulverstone.
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* '''Merseylink''' [http://www.merseylink.com.au] provides services between Devonport and Latrobe.
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Two major companies which provide services around the state are:
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* '''Redline Tasmania''' [http://www.tasredline.com.au]
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* '''Tassielink''' [http://www.tigerline.com.au]
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
'''Apricots''' grow well in the lush countryside along the North West coast. In summer the large sweet fruits can be bought just about anywhere along the coast.
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* '''Anvers''' in Latrobe for chocolate. [http://www.anvers-chocolate.com.au/]
'''Keep your children happy''' with '''icecream at Boat Harbour Beach'''.  The beach there's also nice for swimming.
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* '''Reliquaire''' in Latrobe for the best fudge in Tasmania. [http://www.reliquaire.com/]
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* '''The Cheese Shop''' at the Makers Workshop in Burnie for cheese. [http://www.discoverburnie.net/what-to-see/cheese.html]
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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Every town has at least one pub.
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As far as nightlife, the only party scenes are in Burnie and Devonport.
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'''Hellyers Road Distillery (Whisky Distillery & Cafe)''' [http://www.hellyersroaddistillery.com.au/] - Australia's largest distiller of single malt whisky and proudly Tasmanian. You can do tours of their distillery.
  
==Stay safe==
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==Get Out==
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See [[Tasmania#Get_out|Tasmania]].
  
==Get out==
 
  
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Latest revision as of 10:51, 26 September 2013

The North West Coast is a region in Tasmania, Australia.

Cities & Townships[edit]

National Parks[edit]

See & Do[edit]

Beaches[edit]

There are many beaches all along the coast line this are the most visited.

  • Boat Harbour Beach - A beautiful little beach in a small bay with turquoise waters. Approximately 20 minutes from Wynyard.
  • Godfreys Beach - At Stanley. A beautiful beach with stunning views of The Nut.
  • Greens Beach - At Marrawah, 1h45m west of Burnie. Known as a good location for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
  • Sisters Beach - Approximately 30 minutes from Wynyard.
  • Somerset Beach - Located between Wynyard and Burnie, this is a nice swimming beach. The town center is a few minutes walk from the beach.

Caves[edit]

All caves must be done with a tour guide which is included with the entrance fee which is bought at the cave entrances. Tours run seven days a week. All tours are approximately 45 minutes in duration.

  • Gunns Plains Cave - 30km south of Ulverstone. The tour times are from 10 am – 4 pm on the hour.
  • King Solomon Cave - 16km from Mole Creek. Named for its profusion of light-reflecting calcite crystals, conjuring up images of the legendary King Solomon’s mines.
  • Marakoopa Cave - Close to Mole Creek. A cave of large caverns and extensive areas of flowstone formations. This cave also offers the best glow-worm display of any tourist cave in Australia.

Events[edit]

  • AGFEST [1] - A renowned annual agricultural field day held in the Australian state of Tasmania. It was first held in 1983 and is run by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania with profits assisting Tasmania Rural Counselling. It has grown to the state's largest single event and attracts up to 70,000 visitors during three days in May each year at the 200-acre (80 ha) site in rural Carrick.
  • Bloomin Tulips Festival [2] (Wynyard) - An annual celebration of everything that is colourful, beautiful and charming about not only the tulips that adorn Table Cape, but also our the Waratah-Wynyard municipality.
  • Burnie Shines [3] - A month long festival held every October. See website for details.
  • Chocolate Winterfest [4] (Latrobe) - Latrobe's wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate.
  • Devonport Jazz [5] - Annual music festival featuring artists from interstate as well as Tasmania's leading jazz musicians, Devonport Jazz is a celebration of all jazz genres - both old and new. Devonport Jazz breaks the mould by incorporating elements of education, food, visual art, dance and film into the traditional jazz festival program.
  • Festival In The Park [6] (Ulverstone) - A major celebration of lifestyle, food, wine and entertainment of Tasmania's North West Coast. It is held in Anzac Park on the banks of the beautiful Leven River.
  • Forth Valley Blues Festival [7] - The festival has showcased some of the very best in Australian Blues & Roots music talent, with both home grown Tassie acts and great mainland names.
  • Mural Fest [8] (Sheffield) - The International Mural Fest is a truly unique art competition that is held annually in Sheffield - the 'Town of Murals', in Tasmania, Australia, commencing Easter Sunday every year.
  • Taste of the North West (Sheffield) - A showcase of Tasmania’s North West region’s finest food and beverages, held in the picturesque King George V Park with majestic Mount Roland as a backdrop. End of April.
  • Taste The Harvest [9] (Devonport) - The aim of the festival is to celebrate the diversity of fantastic produce that is available on the North West Coast.

Historical[edit]

  • Brickendon [10] - One of Tasmania's oldest farming properties, settled in 1824 by William Archer, the farm has been continuously operated and lived on by his direct descendants, now in their 7th generation.
  • Don River Railway [11]
  • Highfield Historic Site [12] - Located at Stanley. Built from 1832 to 1835 for the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Company. The State Government purchased the house in the early 1980's when it was in a dilapidated state. Today the house has been restored and invites visitors to look through the beautiful old building and grounds, read the interpretation and ask the guides for any information about the early history of Stanley.
  • Latrobe - The township of Latrobe is one of the finest historical towns in Tasmania.
  • Waldhiem - Located in the Cradle Valley. Gustav and Kate Weindorfer built the rustic home and guest chalet in 1912.

Markets[edit]

  • Burnie Farmers Market - 1st & 3rd Saturday of every month 8am to 12.30pm. Up to 50 stalls of both fresh produce and crafts. Wivenhoe Show Grounds, Smith Street, Burnie.
  • Devonport Farmers Market - 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month 8.30am -12noon. Devonport Showgrounds, off Gunn Street.
  • Don Village Market - Situated opposite Don River Railway, Don Village Market is run every Sunday, specialising in homemade crafts and produce. Outdoor and undercover stalls are available catering for approximately 50 stalls from homespun goods through to the garden enthusiasts.
  • Latrobe Market - Every Sunday, Latrobe hosts its popular street market which has a little bit of everything from antiques and crafts to fresh produce and home made preserves. This market will delight the treasure trove enthusiasts, antiques collectors, food and vegetable buffs. Something to please everybody.
  • Penguin Market [13] - The Penguin Market is one of Tasmania's largest markets offering over 200 stalls under cover. This makes Penguin Market one of the only all weather markets. The Market has quality product lines, which include fresh produce, fine Tasmanian woodwork, jewellery, fashion, giftware, hand made craft and home wares. There is also an International food court, which includes pizza and pasta, an espresso bar, souvlaki, seafood, Asian food, an ice cream bar, juice and health food.
  • Sheffield Town Hall Market - Held every third Saturday of each month from 9am to 2pm with stalls along High Street and inside the Town Hall. Stalls include second hand goods, preserves, live poultry, biscuits and cakes, handcrafts and handmade gifts, stationary supplies, fresh produce, coffee and yummy food.
  • Made with Love Market Bazaar (Wynyard) - A hidden gem of a market held every second Saturday of the month. Market goers can purchase reasonably priced high quality locally handmade homewares, jewellery, candles, fashion, baby/children's wear and toys, plants and locally grown produce, speciality cakes/sweets and nanna style home baking.
  • Wynyard Farmers Market - 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month 8.30am to 12noon. Wynyard Showgrounds, Jackson St Wynyard.

Museums & Galleries[edit]

  • Burnie Regional Museum [14] - History of Burnie and surrounds.
  • Burnie Regional Art Gallery [15] - Three galleries exhibiting a permanent collection and local, state and national exhibitions.
  • Bass Strait Maritime Centre [16] - Located in Devonport.
  • Devonport Gallery [17] - Open Mon to Fri 10-5, Sat 12-5, Sun and Public Holidays 1-5.
  • Devonport Regional Gallery - Presents an annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs including events and workshops.
  • Makers' Workshop [18] - Located in Burnie. The Makers' Workshop is a place that honours Burnie's history, makers, innovators and artists.
  • Mural House (Sheffield) - Specialises in murals inspired by native art from a range of cultures, painted by the artist on the interior walls of her home.
  • Stanley Artworks Studio Gallery - Stanley Artworks seeks to illustrate the Tasmanian identity through a distinctive selection of contemporary Tasmanian art and craft. Representing more than 50 Tasmanian artists, the Gallery features a diverse range of work in a vibrant program of exhibitions.
  • Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Museum - Offers guided tours and thousands of different artifacts arranged in many different displays to encompass the Aboriginal heritage of the area.
  • The Wilderness Gallery [19] (Cradle Mountain) - Photographing wild places needs a mix of physical toughness, extraordinary skill and emotional sensitivity. See the captivating results in The Wilderness Gallery, Tasmania's unique purpose-built showcase for environmental photography. These beautiful and dramatic images from photographers based in Australia and around the world will excite your imagination, lift your spirits and expand your horizon.

Walks[edit]

There is also plenty of walks available in all of the regions national parks. There are many walks available unlisted here and if you wish to undertake any of these you should seek the appropriate guidebooks and maps. Tasmania's weather can be unforgiving so you must be prepared for all types of weather. It is possible to join walks by the North West Walking Club. [20]

  • Devils Gullet - Near Mole Creek. A stunning lookout platform overhanging sheer cliff face, with views to Cradle Mountain across the huge chasm of Fisher River Valley.
  • Dial Range - Views along the coast and looking down on Penguin.
  • Great Western Tiers - A collection of mountain bluffs in the northern part of the Central Highlands. Lots of day walks.
  • Hellyer Gorge - A number of walking tracks along the banks of the Hellyer River.
  • Leven Canyon - Enjoy spectacular sweeping views from Cruickshanks Lookout 275m above the Leven River.
  • Mount Roland - Spectacular 360 degree views.
  • The Nut - A walking track climbs to the summit, or you can take the chairlift. Spectacular views across Bass Strait beaches and over the Stanley.
  • Overland Track [21] - The most famous bushwalk in Australia, ranking with some of the worlds best walks.
  • Penguin Cradle Trail [22] - A 5 to 7 day walk from Penguin to the Cradle Valley.
  • Sisters Beach - Walk to Anniversary Bay, or follow Postmans Track to Rocky Cape. Or just stoll along the beach.
  • South Arthur Forests - Julius River, Lake Chisholm, Milkshakes Hills, and Sumac Lookout.
  • St Valentines Peak - Views stretching from the coast to the north and Cradle Mountain to the south. (4h30m)

Waterfalls[edit]

  • Bridle Veil Falls - Near Lemonthyme Lodge Wilderness Retreat at Moina, near Cradle Valley. (4h)
  • Champagne Falls - Another hour past Bridle Veil Falls. (6h)
  • Dip Falls - 10km east of the Stanley turn off, head south to the Dip River Forest reserve. The Dip Falls are 26 kilometres from the Bass Highway junction, on a good sealed road, apart from the last few kilometres, which are gravel.
  • Guide Falls - This is a popular picnic area just south of Burnie, near Ridgley. An easy walking track to the base of the two-tiered falls is a few hundred metres upstream.
  • Lewis Falls and Oxley Falls - On the track into Lees Paddocks.
  • Liffey Falls - Off the Lake Highway along Riversdale Road. (40m)
  • Meander Falls - A one hours drive from Launceston or Devonport. (6h)
  • Montezuma Falls - At 104 metres high. it is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Tasmania. Follow the gravel road from the Murchison Highway (A10), 2km south of Rosebery, to the former township of Williamsford. (7km, 3h)
  • Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls - 100 metres downstream from the bridge, at the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park. Knyvet Falls is short stroll away. Just follow the nature track. (30m)
  • Philosopher’s Falls - 10 kilometres from Waratah. (1h30m)
  • Waratah Falls - At Waratah.
  • Winterbrook Falls - South of Nietta, close to the Leven Canyon. Located at the northern end of Black Bluff Range. (6h)

Other[edit]

  • Dismal Swamp [23] - The only blackwood sinkhole in the world.
  • Emu Valley Rhododendron Gardens [24] - Located at Burnie. Beautiful gardens featuring more than 20,000 rhododendrons, lovely walks and landscaped areas which show plants from different regions of the world.

Get In[edit]

See Tasmania.

Get Around[edit]

The best way to see this region is by car. There's a maze of side roads off the main highway so be sure to take a good map with you.

By Bus[edit]

The main population centers are serviced by local bus networks provided by:

  • Metro Tasmania [25] provides bus services for bewteen Wynyard and Ulverstone.
  • Merseylink [26] provides services between Devonport and Latrobe.

Two major companies which provide services around the state are:

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Anvers in Latrobe for chocolate. [29]
  • Reliquaire in Latrobe for the best fudge in Tasmania. [30]
  • The Cheese Shop at the Makers Workshop in Burnie for cheese. [31]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Every town has at least one pub.

As far as nightlife, the only party scenes are in Burnie and Devonport.

Hellyers Road Distillery (Whisky Distillery & Cafe) [32] - Australia's largest distiller of single malt whisky and proudly Tasmanian. You can do tours of their distillery.

Get Out[edit]

See Tasmania.