A western road trip adventure

Our friends from West by North West share some of their favourite places to visit on a western Tassie road trip. There's no better way to start a local adventure than with local advice.


Natural + cultural

Don River Railway

Discover Tasmania’s railway history. Make sure you’ve got a window seat and take in the views of Don. Visit the museum and workshop, home to Australia's largest steam locomotive collection

Home Hill

This one’s for the history buffs. Home Hill is where Australia’s only Tasmanian-born Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, lived. Top tip: book a guided tour and marvel at the original furnishings and memorabilia.

Food + beverage

Fundamental Espresso

Grab a coffee and a bagel.

Mr. Wolf

Find a unique and quirky piece for your home.

Southern Wild Distillery

Warm up the belly with a gin tasting. We recommend the Mountain Gin, which features native pepper berries and herbs found near Cradle Mountain.

Mr Wolf. Image: Estella Mason Photography
Southern Wild Distillery. Image: S. Group


Natural + cultural

Leven Canyon

A 45-minute circuit that’ll take you to two lookouts to see spectacular, sweeping views and enjoy fresh mountain air.

Discover Ulverstone on Foot

For those wanting to understand the history of Ulverstone, pick up a Discover Ulverstone on Foot brochure from the Ulverstone History Museum, or enjoy a walk through Ulverstone’s war-memorial parklands on the banks of the Leven River.

Food + beverage

Thirty Three Cups

Enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Buttons Brewing

Sample some local craft brews.

Nest on Risby

You’ll wish you could spend all day at this homewares shop.

Leven Canyon. Image: S. Group


Natural + cultural

The Nut

Climb to the summit to witness a Bass Strait sunrise.

Highfield Historic Site

Discover early colonial architecture, convict history and incredible coastal views.

Alexander Terrace

Take in the parade of 19th century buildings and cottages.

Food + beverage

The Angel’s Share

From whisky and sloe gin, to a select range of Tasmanian beer, wine and cider, there’s something for every palate.

Providore 24

Gather your own stash of wine, chocolate and incredible local produce.

Highfield House. Image: Poon Wai Nang


Natural + cultural

Sheffield murals

Over 100 huge paintings by local artists feature on the walls of buildings. Take the audio tour, which is available from the visitor information centre.

The Emporium

Experience the weird and the wonderful, an antique store packed full of character and charm.

Mount Roland

A stunning walk that will have you 1233 metres above sea level.

Food + beverage

Seven Sheds

Carefully hand-crafted beers inspired by ingredients from the north-west region.

Sheffield mural. Image: Tourism Tasmania. Supplied Courtesy of Kentish Council
The Emporium, Sheffield. Image: Tourism Tasmania and Espectra Photography & Design


Natural + cultural

Galley Museum

Hear stories from locals and wander through the many rooms filled with west coast history in the 'museum in a pub'.

Horsetail Falls

Best seen in winter, take a short walk on the edge of a mountain and discover a 50-metre waterfall at the foot of Mount Owen.

Mount Murchison

An adventure you won't regret. Standing at 1275 metres above sea level, it's a reasonably tough climb, but the views you'll encounter make it more than worth it.

Food + beverage

Tracks Cafe

A great spot for breakfast.

Maloneys Restaurant

A must-try is the famed Maloneys chicken dish for dinner.

Horsetail Falls walking track. Image: Ollie Khedun
Exploring Queenstown. Image: Ollie Khdeun


Natural + cultural

The Ship That Never Was

Did you know this was Australia's longest running play? It tells the true story of the great escape from Sarah Island in 1834. The whole family will love this dramatic and hilarious tale.

Gordon River Cruises

Admire the glassy reflections and soak in the ancient history of the Gordon River on board Spirit of the Wild.

Food + beverage

The Coffee Shack

Who doesn't love great coffee and homemade treats? You'll find them right here on the Esplanade.

Hamers Bar & Bistro

Enjoy the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere while tucking into daily seasonal specials, seafood, steaks and more.

Gordon River Cruises. Image: RACT Destinations
West Coast Heritage Centre. Image: Ollie Khedun.


Natural + cultural

Spray Tunnel

This 100m abandoned railway tunnel shaped like a keyhole will transport you to another time. Walk through it to find historic pieces from the west's mining past.

West Coast Heritage Centre

Delve into the west coast's unique history. With mines, trains, photos, rocks, historic buildings and more, you'll need at least an hour here. 

Food + beverage

Pit Stop Cafe

Take a break from the road tripping at this retro cafe. It's the perfect combo of classic food and drinks, and eclectic items to discover.

Spray Tunnel. Image: Ollie Khedun


Natural + cultural

Oldaker Falls

A short 800m stroll that's best to visit after a heavy rainfall.

Fernglade Platypus Trail

If you want to spot a platypus, Fernglade Reserve is known as one of the best places to see these cute creatures in the wild. For your best chances as spotting a platypus, we recommend going in the morning or evening. 

Food + beverage

The Chapel

Fuel up on coffee and breakfast. While you're there, grab one of their freshly brewed IPAs to warm up with later.

Hellyers Road Distillery

The perfect place to sample a whiskey tasting.

Fernglade Falls. Image: Jess Blonde

Latrobe/Port Sorell

Natural + cultural

Dooleys Hill Forest Walk

Short walks through native forest. This is a great spot for bird watching.

Axemans Hall of Fame

A celebration of the art, skill and people behind Tasmania's woodchopping history.

Bells Parade Reserve

Immerse yourself in the history and admire the sculptures.

Food + beverage

House of Anvers

Enjoy a Tassie made hot chocolate.

Ghost Rock Vineyard

Warm up with a Tassie pinot and indulge in a tasting platter.


Make your way through the different themed rooms full of toys and gifts.

Ghost Rock Wines. Image: Kelly Slater
Ghost Rock Wines. Image: Kelly Slater

Lower Barrington

Natural + cultural

Forth Falls

A walking track through green Tassie forest and ferns, with views of Lake Barrington and stunning waterfalls.

Food + beverage

The Truffledore

Hunt for and learn about truffles before getting your taste buds ready for a delicious four-course lunch.