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Tasmania"s most fertile dairying and vegetable-growing area is found around the north-west town of Smithton on the banks of the Duck River, in what is called the Circular Head region. It was the first European settlement in the north-west and settlers reclaimed the blackwood swamps to produce an economy based on farming, blackwood timber and fishing.

In the town, there is a lookout tower on Tier Hill, for great views over the town and river. The park overlooking the mouth of the Duck River makes an ideal spot for a picnic or some fishing. Duck River and Duck Bay are popular for fishing and boating.

There are several forest reserves in the area, offering a wide range of recreational opportunities. There are bushwalks suitable to all levels of fitness and ability. At Wombat Tarn, there is a picnic area and children"s playground.

Lacrum Dairy Farm has milking demonstrations and cheese tastings during summer and autumn. Gunns Timber Mill is the largest hardwood mill in Australia. It is open by arrangement. Green thumbs will enjoy a visit to Allendale Gardens on the road to Edith Creek, a privately owned botanical garden with a unique rainforest walk.

At Dismal Swamp, you can visit the area"s unique blackwood swamp and gain an understanding of this habitat at the Visitors Centre.

Smithton is the gateway to the scenic Arthur"s River region on Tasmania"s west coast. Sumac Lookout provides great views over the river and the surrounding forest. There are boat tours along the river except in the winter months.

Things to do:

  • Lookout tower - overlooking the Duck River at the end of Massey St
  • Picnic - on parklands next to Duck River
  • Lacrum Dairy Farm - 6 km west has milking demonstrations during summer and afternoon teas and cheese tastings
  • Gunns Timber Mill - largest hardwood mill in Australia
  • Allendale Gardens - on the road to Edith Creek, privately owned botanical garden, rainforest walk

    In the area:

  • Dismal Swamp - 30 km west, Visitors Centre and unique blackwood swamp
  • Wombat Tarn - picnic area and playground
  • Marrawah - about 50 km south-west has excellent surfing on the Indian Ocean
  • Arthur"s River - 70 km south, scenic river tours from August to June
  • Smithton: Where To Go / Sightseeing

    Smithton Country Club

    The Smithton Country Club is a nine-hole golf course on Tasmania's far North West Coast. Smithton is a one-hour drive west of Burnie (86 km) and a 90-minute drive west of Devonport (135 km).
    A challenging nine holes awaits you at the Smithton Country Club, with numerous bunkers, trees and water hazards. This is a well maintained course with lush, gently undulating fairways rimmed with native trees and shrubs. Visitors are welcome and the club hosts regular competitions including the weekend Men's Competition (Saturday and Sunday at 1130), the Ladies Competition each Wednesday and Saturday at 0900 and the Chicken Run every Thursday during the summer months (October to March). Smithton Country Club also hosts The Bowl Major Open tournament during the Labour Day long weekend each March.
    Enjoy a drink and snack in the licensed club house after your round - open each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Barbecue facilities are also available.
    Holes: 9, Par: 71, Length: 5,752 metres, Australian Course Rating: 70.

    17 Mella Road
    Smithton, TAS, 7330

    Located 2.8K from Smithton

    Stanley Golf Club

    The Stanley Golf Club is a nine-hole coastal course at Stanley, North West Tasmania. Stanley is a classified historic town, a 20-minute drive north-east of Smithton (22 km) and a 90-minute drive west of Devonport (127 km).
    A typical links-style course, the Stanley Golf Club has a relatively flat layout with watered greens and tees. The course is set among sand dunes about 10 m from the sea and has some interesting challenges including bunkers, a dam and strong Bass Strait winds. The course offers great views of the coast and Stanley's famous Nut - the remains of an extinct volcano rising 152 m from the sea.
    Visitors are welcome and casual green fees are paid into an honesty box. A Men's competition is held each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and the Ladies' competition is each Wednesday and Saturday at 10am. You can enjoy a drink in the bar each weekday from 3pm, Saturday from 11am and from 3pm Sunday. Club and buggy hire, practice facilities and showers are also available. The Stanley Golf Club hosts The Nut Major Open Event each year in mid-November.
    Holes: 9, Par: 66, Length: 4,706 m, Australian Course Rating: 64.

    32 Marine Esplanade
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 16.3K from Smithton

    Stanley Seaquarium

    Come, Sea, Discover at the Stanley Seaquarium!
    It may look like a green shed from the outside, but inside you'll go on a fascinating journey of discovery with some of Tasmania's coolest sea-life.
    Colourful and vibrant, the emphasis is on fun and facts as you come face to face with resident sea creatures. Did you know that Tasmanian Giant Crabs can grow to a massive 16 kilos? Come and have a closer look!
    Get up close to everything from beautiful seahorses to the rough and tough sharks.
    We also have a great display of local maritime history and artefacts, shells and ships. There really is something for all ages!
    We stock frozen and fresh (in season) local crayfish, abalone, giant crab and pickled octopus.
    Great rates for some of the best seafood in the world!
    Our gift-shop features toys, gifts and souvenirs with a marine theme.

    Lot 1, Fisherman's Dock
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 16.9K from Smithton

    Cow 'N' Calf Art Gallery

    The Cow 'N' Calf Art Gallery is located in, Stanley, a beautiful quaint heritage-style township located in Tasmania's north west. The gallery has been operating since October 2010.
    The gallery exhibits consist of the photographic works created by David Murphy, and a range of other artists artworks as well. They comprise glasswares, woodworks, jewellery, apparel such as scarves, bronze works, as well as other photographic works.
    David is also available for weddings, website images, and functions.

    15 Church Street,
    Cow 'N' Calf Art Gallery
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 17.0K from Smithton

    Joe Lyons Cottage

    Joseph Aloysius Lyons was born in this tiny workers cottage in 1879. Joe was the fifth of eight children who experienced early childhood in this humble cottage at Stanley.
    Joe attended the local Stanley school and started his teaching career here before his political career in 1909.
    By 1914 Joe was deputy leader, then in 1923 elected as State Premier. Joe remained premier till the party lost office in 1928, before moving into federal politics in the Scullin Labor ministry in 1929.
    In 1931 Joe resigned from the Labor Party and led the newly formed United Australia Party in its successful federal campaign in December. From 1932 to his death in 1939, "Honest Joe" was Prime Minister of Australia, being the first (and only) Tasmanian to aspire to that office. Joe was also the first Prime Minister to win three consecutive federal elections.
    The cottage is preserved as much as possible in the period of Joe's childhood. The static display is a tribute to the life of Joe and his equally famous wife Dame Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the federal House of Representatives.
    The cottage is currently owned by Parks and Wildlife and operated by volunteers.

    14 Alexander Terrace
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 17.0K from Smithton

    Touchwood Craft Gallery, Gifts and Cafe

    The Touchwood Craft Gallery is located at Stanley, North West Tasmania. Stanley is a one-hour drive north-west of Burnie (78 km) and a 90-minute drive from Devonport (127 km).
    The Touchwood Craft Gallery specialises in fine Tasmanian artworks. You can browse the Gallery's collection of hand-made pottery, blown glass, pewter, jewellery and fine woodcraft made from Tasmanian speciality timbers. Artisans include Barry Mousley, who is exclusively represented by Touchwood, Crickhollow Pottery, the Tasmanian Kaleidoscope Company, West Tamar Woodcrafts and Tasmanian Glassblowers, among many others. Many of the artworks are for sale and phone orders are also accepted.
    Treat yourself to aromatic coffee and home-baked treats in the Touchwood Caf?. Sample freshly baked cakes, muffins or scones slathered in fresh cream and fruity jam, or enjoy a gourmet snack or light meal from the menu which features fine Tasmanian produce, including fresh local seafood.
    Touchwood also offers bed and breakfast, cottage accommodation overlooking the ocean and dramatic Stanley coastline.

    31 Church Street
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 17.1K from Smithton

    Smithton: Events

    Circular Head Show

    The Circular Head traditional country show.
    The Circular Head Agricultural Show is held annually in December. The Show features an animal nursery, cattle judging, show jumping, wood chopping, a dog show and judging, entertainment for children and, for older folk, hair-raising rides.
    Prizes are also awarded for flower and produce displays, along with arts and crafts.
    The Show is very popular and attracts visitors from Circular Head and surrounding areas.

    Event Dates
          9th Dec

    Hale Street
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 16.6K from Smithton

    Circular Head Agricultural Show

    The Circular Head Show provides the community with the district's major agricultural event. The show provides entertainment, fundraising for local service groups, exhibitors and competitors with the opportunity to showcase their wares at a traditional country show.
    The Circular Head Agricultural Society would like to thank the judges, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers who help to create this event each year.
    The Circular Head Show is a smoke free event. This is a entertaining day for all the family.

    Event Dates
          9th Dec

    Marine Esplanade
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 16.7K from Smithton

    Stanley Dockside Festival

    The Stanley Dockside Festival will begin Saturday 4th November and conclude Sunday 5th November, 2017 'Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race'
    Come and join in the celebrations as the Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race concludes its dramatic race across the wild and spectacular Bass Strait and into Stanley port.
    Enjoy an evening of music and entertainment with a selection of food vans for your enjoyment. It is a great weekend for all the family to be involved. Fishing competitions for the kids and 'Light up the Nut' will also be held again this year.
    Entertainment to be advised closer to the date.

    Event Dates
          4th Nov

    Wharf Road
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 17.0K from Smithton

    Smithton: Travel Tips

    Stanley Visitor Centre

    Call us or drop into the Stanley Visitor Centre to collect your visitor guides, local maps, tour and accommodation bookings, Park passes, free Wi-Fi or talk to a local for some expert advice and warm country hospitality.
    We are open seven days a week; Monday to Friday (0900 to 1700), Saturday and Sunday (1000 to 1600).

    45 Main Road
    Stanley, TAS, 7331

    Located 16.7K from Smithton

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