NORTH WEST & TARKINE
BURNIE is an attractive city in north west Tasmania. It is also the fourth largest city in Tasmania. From BURNIE you are 40 minutes from DEVONPORT, DON RAILWAY, GUIDE FALLS, GUNNS PLAINS CAVE, LATROBE, LEVEN CANYON, Mt ROLAND, PENGUIN, ROCKY CAPE, ULVERSTONE, WYNYARD, Mt ROLAND and SHEFFIELD.
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SIGHTS: There are many things to see in the North West, besides the mysterious Tarkine forest. You can access the TARKINE from WARATAH, ARTHUR RIVER, CORINNA, ROSEBERY and from the TARKINE DRIVE south of SMITHTON.
Just west of SMITHTON is the DISMAL SWAMP, which is an easy forest experience.
The tulip fields at TABLE CAPE near WYNYARD are incredibly beautiful, when they bloom in October.
Mt ROLAND and LEVEN CANYON are spectacular sights.
BURNIE, DEVONPORT and ULVERSTONE have attractions of their own, like GUNNS PLAINS CAVE, plus great beaches.
STANLEY is a historic town with its famous NUT. Nearby are DIP FALLS.
ARTHUR RIVER is both a mysterious beach and one of the great river cruises of Tasmania.
For more information contact in my above Google search box www.tarkinetrails.com.au or www.tarkine.org.
ACCOMMODATION: BURNIE or any of the North West coastal cities like DEVONPORT and ULVERSTONE offer good accommodation and access. If you wish to do deep Tarkine excursions then WARATAH and ARTHUR RIVER will give easier access. SHEFFIELD has good access to CRADLE MOUNTAIN.
ROUTES: The northern coast is dominated by the A2 Bass Highway. It is a first class road and in most sections is quite straight. The road leading to the south from the A2 Bass becomes more winding, as you approach the Great Western Tier Mountains and the Tarkine Forests. The roads in the Tarkine are quite winding and sometimes they are just gravel tracks, so check your routes carefully.
The C249 Western Explorer Road from near ARTHUR RIVER to CORINNA is a rough gravel road, which is suitable for only 4WD vehicles. In addition you must check that the punt across the Pieman River is operating by ringing (03) 6446 1170. lake