SMITHTON is the largest town and the commercial hub of the extreme north west of Tasmania. It has many facilities, including 2 great parks and a heritage centre. It is also close to a number of major attractions, which make it a great place to stay for touring the north west region. These attractions include the:
DISMAL SWAMP which is a very easy to access swamp theme park with a huge slide,
CAPE GRIM wind farm where you can see huge wind turbines.
From Smithton you are 10 minutes from historic STANLEY. ROCKY CAPE is 30 minutes away, while ARTHUR RIVER, TARKINE DRIVE and WYNYARD are 40 minutes away. BURNIE is 60 minutes away. Nearby places are described in the NORTH WEST-TARKINE REGION
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FACILITIES: There is a full shopping precinct at Smithton. There is a cafe at the entrance to the Dismal Swamp. There are no commercial facilities at Cape Grim. There is some accommodation at SMITHTON and at ARTHUR RIVER.
TOURIST information is located at 29 Smith Street, Smithton. The telephone is (03) 6458 1330 Other sources are:
TALL TIMBERS EXPLORE & DISCOVER telephone 1800 628 476 or contact www.talltimbershotel.com.au
TARKINE FOREST ADVENTURES telephone (03) 6456 7199 or contact www.dismalswamp.com.au
SIGHTS: Smithton is a commercial centre with both a port and an airport. It has excellent access to the north west and to the Tarkine. MARRAWAH and the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area are quite close and you can quite easily access CAPE GRIM, STANLEY and ROCKY CAPE from Smithton. The attractions include the:
ANZAC PARK is in King St in the Smithton CBD,
ALLENDALE GARDENS are located south of Smithton on C215 Scotchtown Rd. This is the continuation of Nelson St from the Smithton CBD. The telephone number is (03) 6456 4216 or contact www.allendalegardens.com.au
DISMAL SWAMP is located on the A2 just west of Smithton. The telephone is (03) 6456 7199
HERITAGE CENTRE is in the Smithton CBD in Nelson St,
PARK on the Duck River just west of the Smithton CBD,
WOOLNORTH HISTORIC FARM has tours (03) 6452 1493
- DISMAL SWAMP
1/ The Dismal Swamp is in north west Tasmania just west of Smithton. This is the entrance to the theme park. Just beyond this building is the famous slide.
2/ The famous Dismal Swamp slide takes you rapidly down the hill to the walkways at the base.
3/ This lookout near the entrance gives you a panoramic view of the Dismal Swamp below.
4/ Many walkways criss cross the Dismal Swamp and allow you to see the exhibits without getting your feet wet.
5/ Special cars take people around the Dismal Swamp, if they do not wish to walk.
6/ The walkways of the Dismal Swamp are decorated with a number of interesting sculptures.
1/ Smithton is the commercial hub of the north west of Tasmania. Smithton is also the fifth largest city in Tasmania. This photo shows Emmett Street, the heart of the Smithton CBD. There are a number of old Victorian era buildings in Smithton like the ANZ bank building.
2/ Just beyond the Smithton CBD were some interesting streets.
3/ This attractive building is now the Aboriginal Centre of Smithton.
4/ Smithton is a hilly town with some interesting houses.
5/ This photo shows King Street in Smithton looking down west towards the Duck River.
6/ Near the Smithton CBD is Anzac Park. It looks down into the town of Smithton.
7/ Anzac Park in Smithton contains the war memorial.
8/ Near the Duck River is the McCain vegetable packing factory. This is one of the largest enterprises in Tasmania and is a major asset of Smithton.
9/ Very close to McCain's is Tasmanian Seafoods. First class seafood is caught off the north west coast of Tasmania and processed in Smithton.
10/ Smithton was founded as a port on the Duck River.
11/ Across the Duck River is the Bridge Hotel of Smithton.
12/ This photo looks north up the Duck River and shows the old port area of Smithton.
13/ This photo looks south from the bridge towards the rich farm lands south of Smithton.
14/ The yellow building is the home of the Smithton Sea Scouts. The sea scouts teach young people important boating and social skills.
15/ This shows the extreme tidal range of the Duck River at Smithton. Note how the boats are stranded at low tide.
16/ This photo shows the park at the end of the Duck River.
17/ East of the Smithton CBD is a lookout from where you can see Duck Bay, which is north of Smithton. On the horizon you can see Three Hammock Island, which is an important nature reserve.