Stanley, settled in 1826 as a deep sea port for Van Dieman’s Land, has great colonial heritage value and is well worth a visit, particularly because of The Nut. Like Table Cape, The Nut is a remnant basalt monolith and to take it all in we recommend a walk to the top or take the chairlift. Tourist operators also offer seal cruises and penguin viewing. Visit the Stanley Visitor Information Centre at 45 Main Road (1300138229) to assess the most desirable activity.
The Nut, rising 152 metres from the sea, dominates the village of Stanley and the chairlift can take you to the top for a seagull’s view of the historic town and the east and west along the coast. The chairlift trip takes about five minutes to the summit and you can enjoy an hour-long walk around the Nut.
Open daily 9.30am - 5.30pm (December - April).
Daily 9.30am - 4.30pm (May - mid July).
Closed mid-July to early September, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Easter Good Friday.
Browns Road, Stanley.
Tel: (03) 6458 1286
Cape Grim, on the far north-west tip of Tasmania is a 2 hour drive from Boat Harbor Beach. There are 37 99-metre tall wind turbines harnessing the Roaring Forties, which arrive unhindered from the great southern ocean all the way from South Africa. Cape Grim is said to have about the cleanest air in the world.
The Wild West Coast is a surfing paradise for the wet suited best seen by a trip to Marrawah. Surfers say the best thing about the big waves here is the environment, with just the relentless sea, sometimes whipped to frenzy by the roaring forties and that wild natural coastline unblemished by roads or buildings.
There are fuchsias, geraniums, pelargoniums, ornamental trees and rare native coastal grasses and alpine shrubs. One of the greatest assets of Table Cape is its tulip farms surrounding and the annual Tulip Festival in October where entire fields explode in colour. The full program is on www.bloomintulips.com.au. You can also visit the Table Cape Tulip farm, Van Diemen Quality Bulbs, open all year on Lighthouse Road (www.vdqbulbs.com.au).
Tangdimmaa (Rocky Cape) is just a 20 minute drive from Boat Harbor Beach. It has many walking tracks both coastal and inland. Recommended is the Banksia Grove and Wet Cave circuit (30 minutes) from Irby Boulevard at the boat ramp at Sister’s Beach. It’s a spectacular coastal walk through native vegetation. (for info: www.parks.tas.gov.au). This is a place of great significance to Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The Rar.rer.loi.he.ner people lived here, making their homes in sea caves.Please respect these special places by not entering them. Take water and some energy food, sun block, hat and sunglasses and some protection from wind/rain. It is best not to walk alone and for full day treks please advise someone reliable where you are going and when you are due back.
North West Tasmania is an angler’s paradise. Off the Beach or in within 30 minutes drive you will find trout streams, river and lakes. Within an hour to two hours you’ll have access to one of the world’s greatest trout fishing wilderness venues through the national parks system with Lake St Clair, Lake King William, Lake Echo, Lake Augusta and Great Lake. A fishing licence is required for all freshwater fishing and saltwater cray fishing.
Guided evening tours of the Doctors Rocks penguin colony are available by appointment.
Bookings through the Wynyard Visitor Information Centre, 8 Exhibition Link, Wynyard.
Tel: (03) 6443 8330
Australia's largest distiller of single malt whisky and proudly Tasmanian. The warmth of their welcome is the beginning of an experience that will captivate whisky drinkers and perhaps even convert those who, to date; have resisted the temptation of a smooth, crisp single malt indulgence. The range is complimented with one of Australia's best boutique vodkas and a superb Whisky Cream liqueur. Their distilling process uses only the finest Tasmanian produce, including some of the world's purest drinking water, delivered on the winds of the roaring 40's.
Over looking the Emu Valley and hinterland, Hellyers Road is much more than just a whisky distillery. The dedicated Visitor Centre offers a full interpretation of the working distillery ‘Whisky Walk’, product tasting and a superb restaurant with a retail centre.
Open daily 10.00am - 4.30pm. Closed Public Holidays
153 Old Surrey Road, Burnie.
Located in one of Australia's most productive farming and fishing regions, local seasonal produce is the star of Seabreeze's modern Australian menu. Using ingredients literally sourced from the surrounding land and ocean, you will enjoy hearty steaks, as-fresh-as-it-comes seafood and even delicious wood-fired pizzas. Call 03 6445 1041 for reservations.
Fabulous fish and chips, oysters, seafood chowder and more… using the region’s best produce. The coffee is legendry and served from 9 am. Try their home made muffins and scones.