Smithton is widely recognised as the commercial centre of Tasmania’s far north west coast. The town’s generous services draw the locals in from far and wide, whilst diligently serving as a base for adventurous tourists. The rugged beauty that abounds within a stone’s throw is second to none, making Smithton a perfect base for a week of exploration.
A visit to the Circular Head Heritage Centre will provide insight into Smithton’s rich history. Intriguing displays unravel the history of the Duck River Butter Factory through to the tramway that once serviced the district. You’ll delve deep into the riches that still come from the surrounding natural bounty – timber mills still operate, and potato and abalone processors are key local employers. Not to be overlooked, Smithton’s lush pastures are a dead giveaway to the regions thriving dairy industry. Farming and fishing rule here.
Access to the world famous Tarkine Forest Reserve tops the list. A wildly diverse landscape awaits – brimming with temperate rainforest, rugged mountain ranges, pristine rivers and buttongrass plains. Bordered by a spectacular coastline, fishing and surfing are major drawcards too. Outdoor adventures are well balanced in these parts with indigenous culture, colonial history and all manner of unique experiences – everything from wind farms, chairlifts and speciality shopping awaits.
Smithton is well serviced by eateries and cafes that take advantage of the local gourmet produce. Think cheese, honey, wine and spirits. Given the quality Mother Nature delivers here, you can’t go wrong indulging a steak – the Cape Grim beef that hails from here is world renowned. Grab half a dozen award winning sausages from the butcher too – they really know how to serve up something special.