You’ll love every minute of the drive from Devonport, through the mountains of North West Tasmania, discovering the peaks, beaches and produce that make this region such an enticing destination.
Here, roads climb towards Tasmania's highest elevations. It's a world of mountains above, and vineyards, farm gates, canyons and mazes below.
The Bass Highway cuts a line along the north coast, where white beaches materialise out of black shores. Inland is a web of roads that lead to canyons, caves, hidden valleys and, ultimately, Cradle Mountain and the bevy of unusually shaped peaks around it. Enticing towns such as Sheffield, Penguin and Stanley are as much windows onto nature as pockets of civilisation.
This is a region so densely packed with sights and activities that driving days will be short but full. Inland you can drive for hours without passing a sizeable town, while along the coast there's a queue of seaside towns leading west towards the giant full stop that is The Nut in Stanley.
Few will come to the North West without visiting Cradle Mountain, where you can hike to exposed lookouts, canoe or kayak through the mountain's reflection at Dove Lake or take a leap of faith into the unknown with Cradle Mountain Canyons.
In this region you'll never go thirsty – there’s always a nearby vineyard, brewery, distillery or cidery where you can load up the boot with your favourite tipple. There are paddock-to-plate experiences and always, it seems, a mountain to climb or track to cycle to work it all off.
Bring the tents and camping gear, as campgrounds are plentiful across the region, or indulge in luxury at the likes of Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, with its tranquil Waldheim Alpine Spa or the sumptuous Tarkine Wilderness Lodge.
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Photography: Cradle Mountain sunrise (Tourism Tasmania and Jason Charles Hill)