The North-West Coast and King Island

Get Back to Nature

The north-west coast provides visitors with the opportunity to explore some of the extremes of this diverse island state. This is a place to wind down from the hectic pace of modern life, take the time to get back in touch with nature and to spend time getting to know extraordinary local personalities and the works of talented local artists.

Nestled in the western tip of the Bass Strait, nature lovers should explore the remote beaches, lagoons and wildlife of rugged King Island, home of the world-famous King Island Dairy. With offshore reefs and more than 60 shipwrecks in the surrounding waters, it's also renowned as a fabulous diving destination. Back on the mainland, embrace the centuries-old trees and breathe some of the world's cleanest air in the Tarkine, Australia's largest temperate rainforest.

The north-west is also home to some of Tasmania's major towns and sleepy seaside villages, offering a vibrant cafe to be enjoyed by its visitors. The historic fishing town of Stanley is worth a visit, notably for the ancient remains of a volcanic plug that rises 150 metres above the ground. Tasmania's third-largest city, Devonport, is the port of entry for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries from Melbourne, and its local sights and attractions offer insight into the Aboriginal history of the region.

Insider's Tips

  1. Hellyers Road Distillery: Visit Australia's largest single malt distillery.
  2. Taste the Local Fruit Wines: Indulge your sweeter side by sampling these unique and fruity bouquets.
  3. Sample King Island Cheese: King Island's award-winning cheeses are impossible to resist.
  4. Discover the Tarkine Wilderness: The most wild and untamed of all of Tasmania's coastline.

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the The North-West Coast & King Island chapter in our Tasmania brochure. Click here.

Holiday Search