If it’s an adrenaline filled adventure you’ve come looking for, Tasmania’s North West is going to give you one hell of a ride! With a wild and rugged terrain good enough for any type of activity, you’ll not only get the heart pumping but will be surrounded by Tassie’s best nature experiences while doing what you love. Whether it’s free activities or paid tours, here’s some of our top picks to get your adrenaline fix on the North West.
Gear up for Tasmania’s newest mountain bike trail, Wild Mersey. With 15 kms of trails ready for you to tear up and another 85 km on the way, you’ll be rewarded with epic views and scenic river trails designed for families right through to the extreme riders.
Along the coast you’ll find the Penguin MTB Park & Cranky Penguin/Dial Range Trails. The MTB park is a 4km man made course designed to hone your skills with twists, turns, bridges and massive berms, great for beginners wanting to take up Mountain Biking or the more serious riders to push the limits and test new tricks. A linking trail leaves the park and connects you to 40 kms of the Dial Range/Cranky Penguin trails, with a mixture of forestry trails, motor-cross trails and old wooden tramways for a longer riding experience and chance to put those skills into practice!
Without a doubt, you’ll find some of Tassie’s best surf on the West Coast in Marrawah and Arthur River. Being exposed to the Southern Ocean swells and weather systems you’ll find consistent surf all year round. The annual West Coast Classic draws professional surfers and windsurfers from all over the world to Marrawah each year.
Although along the North West Coast you won’t find surf as consistently, being on Bass Strait can expose the coast to big tides, resulting in great surf conditions. The surf along the North West Coast is predominantly driven from the west/north west winds and often seasonal. Some of our reefs, river mouths and beaches create awesome surf setups when the conditions are good.
With hundreds of kilometres of coastline and waterways, North West Tasmania can curb your kayak adventure cravings! Whether you’re white water kayaking, in the ocean or cruising along flat water, we’ve got all of it! You might even be lucky enough to spot a platypus or sea eagle!
For the serious white water kayakers you’ve got the Leven Canyon, Forth River and upper Mersey, just to name a few, and along these you will find Slalom and Wild Water Race Courses. Relax on flat water exploring the lower Mersey, Don River, Lake Barrington, Cradle Mountain’s Dove Lake and Arthur River. Head out from the coast where you will find relatively sheltered waters in Bass Strait, great for the less experienced sea kayaker. The West Coast can be rougher and we would recommend it more for the experienced kayakers, but nonetheless spectacular.
This is just a snippet of what to expect for kayakers in Tasmania’s North West. Lucky for us, Paddle About Tasmania have put together a guide for Kayaking in Tasmania with details on each river, its sections, distance and grade. Each with heaps of detail and information to find the best river for your experience.
Being a freshwater and saltwater angler’s paradise, you’ll be spoilt for locations to wet your line in North West Tasmania. From the shore you can expect to catch Warehou, Flathead, Australian Salmon, Mullet, Wrasse and Squid. Head out further in the boat and you’ll have a chance of finding Barracouta, Gurnard, Snook, Blue Spotted Flathead, King George Whiting, Snapper, Tailor, Mako and Gummy Shark. With so much coastline to drop a line in, you’ll be sure to have a spot to yourself.
If you’ve got yourself a Tasmanian freshwater fishing licence, you’ll have endless estuaries, rivers and waterways to snag yourself a famous trout! Here’s some of the trout hotspots provided by the Inland Fisheries Service. The secluded and tranquil rivers in North West Tasmania will spoil you with privacy and plenty of fish to feed the whole family!
Walking & Hiking
It’s a no brainer that Tasmania is a hub for hundreds of walks and incredible hikes. We’re lucky to have so many of them at our doorstep in North West Tasmania. We have featured all our favourites and links to useful tools in our Wilderness Blog.
Organised Tours & Attractions
North West Tasmania has a great array of organised tours and adventure businesses ready to take you in, through and under Tasmania’s wild terrain.
With Cradle Mountain Canyons you can slip & slide through natural waterslides, abseil down cliffs into Tasmania’s freshest water, all while canyoning through World Heritage Cradle Mountain. This adventure is not for the faint hearted, you will be jumping from the top of waterfalls, floating through rushing water, navigating through caves, and flying down nature’s waterslide.
In the World Heritage Tarkine Forest you can fly 110m down the Dismal Swamp Slide into the largest sinkhole in the Southern Hemisphere. Dismal Swamp is a 624 hectare sinkhole on the Northern end of the Tarkine Wilderness. Along with the thrill of soaring down the slide, around the area you will find wildlife, work from local artists and architects, a 1.6km maze, and a licensed cafe. The perfect opportunity to mix adventure with wilderness!
Venture underground into world class caves where you will be surrounded by sparkling crystals, reflection pools, glow worms, stalactites and stalagmites as well as abandoned river passages and running streams. Mole Creek Caves will also show you and teach you about the Tasmanian Cave Spider which has evolved and adapted to living and surviving without light, along with other amazing creatures, some of which are not found anywhere else in the world!
After all these outdoor activities, you’ll no doubt be looking for a feed (or two!). In Devonport you’ll find us, Providore Place which is a space for Tasmania’s best chefs and makers who are highlighting our amazing produce and food culture. Check out CharlotteJack for an unforgettable farm to fork feed, the Tasmanian Chip Co for Tassie’s freshest hand cut, triple cooked chips, and Southern Wild Distillery for a refreshing gin brimming with local botanicals that will take you straight back to your adventure in the wilderness.
Photo 1 source - https://www.trailforks.com/photo/15013838/
Photo 2 source - https://surfing-waves.com/waves/pic2368_o-neill-cold-water-classic-2010-tasmania.htm
Photo 3 source - https://cradlemountaincanyons.com.au/