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Things to do in Circular Head

Maps of the region

The Circular Head Tourism Association has produced a number of maps of the region, which highlight the main streets of both Stanley and Smithton. The maps are available by clicking here.

The Circular Head Progress Group has also produced a map of Smithton, highlighting the various businesses and things to do in the area. The map is available by downloading the following file.

Circular Head Progress Group - Map of Smithton(3066 kb)

The Tarkine Drive

The State Department of State Growth has developed the Tarkine Drive on Tasmania's rugged North West Coast. This is an important infrastructure project for all Tasmanians. It symbolises both the past and the future of this beautiful area that has captured the hearts of generations of miners, fishermen and foresters, who have built a living from its natural resources.

Stanley and Tarkine

Discover North West Tasmania

The following website provides information about activities, tours, cruises, accommodation and attractions in North West and Western Tasmania - Discover Tasmania, North West

Forestry Tasmania

Fungi in the South Arthur Forests

Circular Head has some of Tasmania's most beautiful forest reserves, along with scenic waterfalls such as Dip Falls and Wes Beckett Falls, which are managed by Forestry Tasmania.

Many forest reserves in Circular Head have BBQ facilities which are popular with locals and visitors alike. During the autumn months especially, the forests come alive with colourful fungi of all shapes and sizes.

Some of the more well-known forest reserves in Circular Head include Julius River, Lake Chisholm and Milkshakes Hills, all of which are located on the South Arthur Forest Drive. Kannunah Bridge Picnic Area and Tayatea Bridge Picnic Area are also located on the Forest Drive.

From Blackwater Road, not far from the South Arthur Forest Drive, a three-hour return walk takes visitors into the Balfour Track Forest Reserve, which was cut for packhorses and prospectors at the beginning of the century. The Track is a photographer's delight in autumn when humid, damp conditions encourage fungi growth.

Not far from Stanley is Dip River Forest Reserve, home to the interesting basalt-columned Dip Falls. Further east is the Black River Picnic Area, a local fishing spot.

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Pied Oystercatcher

Rocky Cape National Park in Circular Head's north, with its colourful spring and summer flora displays, interesting geology and scenic views of Bass Strait and surrounds, along with the dynamic, windswept Arthur Pieman Conservation Area on Circular Head's west coast, are managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania.

For further information visit Parks and Wildlife Tasmania

Tasmanian Tourism

For information on tourism across Tasmania visit Discover Tasmania

Things for the Kids to do in Circular Head

24 Things for the Kids to do in Circular Head

Things to do in Smithton

  • Visit the lookout to take a 360 degree view of Circular Head including the Hunter group of Islands, North West tip of Tasmania, Edge of the world, Tarkine, Balfour Ranges, hinterland, Rocky Cape, The Nut, Smithton town all at sunset or sunrise
  • Try your luck at golf or bowls
  • Relax with a facial or massage at one of the salons
  • Browse through the local handmade crafts at The Arty Duck
  • Walk the boardwalk to view the spectacular birdlife and enjoy the water views
  • View local art
  • Enjoy some retail therapy
  • Catch a fish off the wharf
  • Take the kids to the East or West Esplanade playgrounds
  • Alfresco dining at a local cafĂ©
  • Indulge in a day spa
  • Cycle the flat roads in and around the town
  • Try the famous Cape Grim or Wagyu beef
  • Stay in luxury accommodation
  • Visit the library or on-line centre
  • Taste the local produce or a delicious meal at one of the hotels or clubs
  • Launch your boat and travel and fish the Duck estuary to the off shore islands
  • Charter a plane to fly over the region
  • Paddle your canoe or kayak on the Duck River
  • Trout fishing upstream in the Duck River