Nature & wildlife
See Cradle Mountain from every angle in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Ramble on the Dove Lake Circuit, hike the summit walk or even embark on the 65-kilometre Overland Track. Don’t forget to stop on the way out at the spectacular Bridal Veil, No Name and Champagne waterfalls.
Out west is the remote historical gold mining town of Corinna, right at the edge of the Tarkine wilderness area, near Australia’s largest area of temperate rainforest at the Tarkine Forest Reserve.
On the west coast, take a day out on an eco-cruise with Arthur River Cruises over spring, summer or autumn. Once on board, keep your eyes peeled for platypus, white-bellied sea eagles and native quoll over the six-hour trip.
For some of Australia’s best breaks, fly to King Island. On dry land, the cliffs of Seal Rocks State Reserve and the 7,000-year-old Calcified Forest there make for captivating walks.
Live your bushranger fantasies on a horse riding tour with Cradle Country Adventures. Running in summer only, the tour is run by guides who will lead you and your four-legged friend through button grass plains, myrtle and alpine eucalyptus forest, overlooking jaw-dropping views of the mountain.
Arts & history
The well-preserved colonial buildings at Stanley date back to when the Van Diemen’s Land Company was based in the shadow of the ‘Nut’. Equally enthralling are abandoned miner’s towns like Balfour, which make for an eerie trip back in time.
The once industrial town of Burnie has recreated itself as a creative centre, and the quirky rural town of Sheffield has been splashing murals onto its walls since the eighties (it now has over 200).
Food & wine
Northern Tasmania is home to a long list of great food and drink producers. The Van Diemen’s Land Creamery was established by a dairy farming family and has over 50 flavours to pick from. For a natural sugar high, pick your own offerings at Turners Beach Berry Patch.
Ashgrove Cheese near Deloraine has a pasture to plate breakfast and lunch menu, with dishes like truffle fondue, and fresh-as local cheeses to purchase. After a cheeky tipple? The Ghost Rock Cellar Door & Eatery is a family-friendly winery, while Spreyton Cider Co has gorgeous orchards to see.