The North West of Tasmania is distinctive for its rich volcanic soil and rolling patchwork quilt of pasturelands. It is particularly famous for Cradle Mountain, the Stanley Nut and Boat Harbour. Increasingly it is becoming famous for the Tarkine wilderness, one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests. In between these icons there are a multitude of natural and cultural attractions. Volcanoes and glaciers of the distant past have shaped the entire area and have given rise to a great diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. There are a host of waterfalls, lakes, mountains and rainforests, valleys, plains, sand dunes and beaches.
Burnie,a city of some 20,000 people has experienced a mini- Renaissance in recent years.( See what Cities Journal has to say about Burnie as a place to live. http://www.citiesjournal.com/top-17-cities-to-move-to-in-australia/11/ (but please ignore the picture-not in Australia?) There’s a thriving restaurant and cafe culture in the CBD which is walking distance from Seawatch B&B. At one end of the CBD, is the beach with its Grand Designs style surf club and its long boardwalk leading to the equally impressive Makers Workshop with its Creative Paper museum /workshop . At the other end is a busy freight port, which also harbours the occasional luxury liner. Elsewhere on the coast there are galleries, cafes, vineyards, wild rides, abundant short walks, cave tours, mine tours, museums and the list goes on. The wild ride at Dismal Swamp ( a 40 metre fast slide that empties into a rain-forested sinkhole) is classed as one of the top five in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide. If it’s a rejuvenating journey you are after, you will certainly be coming to the right place!
Wynyard. One of the principal towns in the “TARKINE”, is sixteen kilometres to the West of Burnie, and worth a visit. . Fishing, golfing, scuba, scenic tours and walks, dining at the jetty, antique cars, wildlife tours and seaside markets are just some of the local options on offer there. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) The Tarkine is a area of the north west Tasmania, Australia, which environmental non-government organisations (ENGOs) claim contains significant areas of wilderness. The Tarkine is noted for its beauty and natural values, containing the largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest in Australia, as well as for its prominence in Tasmania’s early mining history . The area’s high concentration of Aboriginal sites has led to it being described by the Australian Heritage Council as “one of the world’s great archaeological regions”.
The Burnie Airport is located at Wynyard. Wynyard itself lies at the base of the long extinct volcano of Table Cape and adjoining Fossil Bluff, a 100 metre high headland with exposed fossil layers. There are abundant historical remains of both European and aboriginal settlement in the area, such as Highfield House in Stanley and the aboriginal middens of Rocky Cape National Park. There are also many artists and photographers who derive their inspiration from this rich environment, particularly in towns like Sisters Beach. Penguin, another pretty seaside town and also 16 km to the East of Burnie.For sight seeing take the old coastal road to Ulverstone, the next coastal town to the East. Devonport – situated on the Mersey River, similar in size to Burnie and the location of the state’s only interstate ferry service.
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