In the far northwest, Tasmania is remarkably remote, boasting dense rainforests and barren beaches that blow clean and blustery throughout the year.
Elsewhere, the scenery is equally as wild, where native species like penguins and platypuses roam freely in their natural environment.
By day, you can bask on beautiful beaches and, when night draws in, shack up in charming towns that ooze historic narratives and proffer visitors an authentic opportunity to try all things Tasmanian.
The north west of the island acts as a gateway to the last unspoiled corners, where stunning coastlines sit side by side with tasty food trails and lush national parks. Around every twist and turn, you can marvel at a newly inspired view, from the peaks of Mount Roland to Table Cape near Wynyard.
The cities of the north perch prettily on the water’s edge, promising relaxed seaside scenes that back onto temperate rainforests filled with Aboriginal heritage sites and a heavy dose of cultural history.
The stunning, windswept coastline of North West Tasmania offers plenty of Indigenous history and stunning scenery, so let’s take a look at some of the things that make this most spectacular part of Australia so special to pay a visit…
Indigenous rock art & petroglyphs
Tasmania’s Indigenous people have inhabited the land for over 40,000 years, and the state’s north west offers some of Australia’s most impressive examples of ancient Aboriginal rock art and petroglyphs. What’s more, there are also stunning examples of massive shell middens, hut sites and rock hides all used by the local Indigenous population for thousands of years.
Seeing the incredible rock art sites, petroglyphs, shell middens, huts and rock hides is best done with a local tour guide, who can fill you in on the Indigenous history of the area as well as these most impressive sites!
The Edge of the World
Gardiner Point is also known as “the Edge of the World” for a good reason: it boasts a view across the longest uninterrupted ocean expanse in the whole, wide world! In fact, the closest land to the west of this most fascinating lookout is Argentina and, to put this distance into perspective, you have to round the bottom of South Africa to get there!
Tassie is known as a nature-lover’s haven, with endless outdoor adventure awaiting keen nature wilderness walkers. The north west is absolutely no exception, with incredible 4WD off-roading tours awaiting you along the stunning, 13km Arthur Beach!
Take in stunning views
The Arthur River is considered one of Tassie’s true wild rivers, and the view from Sumac Point across its great expanse simply has to be seen to be believed! Sumac Point and its surrounding forest, with its timbers and eucalypt, creates a most startling visual for hikers, whether it be from the point or within its lush vegetation!
It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in what is a truly green and vibrant part of Australia (and the world!).