Planning a Tasmanian travel itinerary? Our suggestion would be this: allow more time than you think! We’ve just been for the briefest of visits to the north west coast, and realise we must return again for a more in-depth experience. With apologies to the towns we by-passed, here’s our first impressions of only a small portion of this beautiful northern tourism zone.
Tasmanian Travel Excuses
Let us begin by saying this was not a leisurely tourist holiday to the north west by southern Tasmanians. Travel to Burnie for tennis was the main thing on our agenda, so we added a few hours to the drive there and back to take in some fleeting sights. And while we would love to spend all our time in holiday-travel mode, we also really enjoyed spending time at the magnificent Burnie tennis complex meeting some fantastic northern Tasmanian locals.
Just while we’re on the subject of tennis, the Burnie International will be played from January 29 to February 5. Entry to watch professional tour players is by gold coin donation. Last year’s event was won by Bernard Tomic and he will be back in Tasmania to defend his title this year.
North West Coast: Tasmanian Travel Itinerary
Now here’s a sneak peek at a couple of towns we did visit. We’ll use the phrase reconnaissance and promise to explore each in more depth another time.
Home of the Tasmanian Craft Fair in October/November each year, Deloraine is obviously a place of special interest. Both the north west coast and the Launceston Tamar Valley tourism zones of Tasmania claim the town! But no matter what the region, Deloraine can boast a bounty of fresh produce.
Green paddocks are dotted with dairy cows, resulting in the local production of cheese and chocolate. Salmon farms, raspberry growers and even a beer brewery provide the tourist with a range of culinary experiences.
And with the Great Western Tiers as a backdrop and the Meander River flowing through the centre, Deloraine is a pretty, rural town. There’s visual evidence of farming, and the creative talents of locals are on show in the town’s art and craft galleries. But… we still can’t confirm the platypus sightings promoted for the area. The only wildlife we saw from the banks of the river? Ducks!
Another inland town, Sheffield also has an abundance of farming and beautiful natural landscape. Mount Roland rises from the myriad of colourful paddocks surrounding the town, where poppies, potatoes and other vegetables are grown. But there’s no doubting what draws the tourists into this Tasmanian town. Travel through the main street and you are suddenly in the midst of an outdoor art gallery of painted murals.
Judging by the amount of activity around the caravan parks along the foreshore, Ulverstone is a popular summer destination for families. The water slide and several pedal buggies were getting a solid workout between the beach and the grassy parks. And we can recommend the lunch menu at Pedro’s on the wharf overlooking the Leven River – but we’ll go into more detail about that another day.
Weekend at Burnie! This seaport town has plenty to offer the tourist in Tasmania. Travel here and you obviously cannot ignore the industrial zone. But the town has a new and vibrant focus, born from a diverse history.
If you’re looking for tasting opportunities, the Hellyers Road Distillery is right next door to the Tasmanian Cheese Tasting Centre. How convenient.
Only 20km from Burnie is another coastal town: Wynyard, where the Inglis River meets Bass Strait. The local council has developed an extensive network of trails along the river. Spend a little time exercising in Tasmania and you’ll realise a level walking track deserves promotion as a unique feature.
Boat Harbour Beach
Good enough to rival the magnificent beaches of the Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s east coast, Boat Harbour has a stunner of a beach. Sheltered and shallow and perfect for families with young children, the sand is white and the water is turquoise. Overlooking the vista: Jolly Rogers restaurant and cafe, sandwiched between the surf life saving club and a takeaway joint for hot chips and ice-creams. What more could you want?
Tourism Zone: Tasmanian Travel Agenda
A special apology to Devonport, Penguin and Latrobe. These towns are also fabulous and worthy of inclusion in any Tasmanian travel plans. We have the Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame in Latrobe as well as the Penguin Market on our radar for the future.
And close to the north-western tip of the heart-shaped island, is the coastal township of Stanley: home of The Nut. We didn’t make it there this time, but we will. We don’t have any other holiday plans, just more Tasmanian travel including the north west coast.
Visit north west Tasmania online for more information.