North West - The Nut

North West


From Devonport to Tasmania's rugged north-west corner there are classic coastal drives, food trails, beautiful national parks and historic villages, and fabulous views on the way like Mt Roland near Devonport, Table Cape near Wynyard and the famous 'Nut' at Stanley. Tasmania's North West has a strong agricultural tradition, not surprising given the rich red soil and perfect growing conditions found throughout the region. There are fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious cheeses, wine, whisky and chocolates - the ultimate paddock-to-plate experience. Follow the Cradle Coast Tasting Trail, talk to the makers and find out why they find the region so inspiring. For those interested in history there are museums, aboriginal heritage sites and historic buildings. Follow the coast westward, beside Bass Strait past Wynyard with flowering tulips carpeting the fields in spring, to the historic village of Stanley nestled at the foot of the Nut. Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings and just out of town is the beautifully restored Highfield House (1832), once home to the chief agent of the Van Diemen's Land Company. Continue west to Smithton, centre of the region's productive agricultural and thriving forestry operations while inland from the coast is Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania's most visited icons with its amazing natural experiences, great walks and stunning scenery. With no shortage of great food, beautiful scenery, wildlife and unexpected discoveries, Tasmania's North West has something for everyone.