Published on 30th May 2017
by Melinda King

Where to stay and what to eat, see, drink and do in this winter wonderland.

The features of Tasmania’s North West make a wild and impressive tapestry. While many flock to Cradle Mountain, fewer make time to delve into the impressive and varied landscapes this corner of the island has to offer; from rainforests, mountain steppes, and rolling valleys, to rugged coastline and pastoral farmland that dramatically comes to life in winter.

The best way to experience this region is to drive at an unhurried pace, stopping at natural landmarks to hike and spend time in the natural wonders. Roam the Central Highlands an hour west of Launceston, where spectacular sunsets dip behind the Thousand Lakes, or drive a few hours north to Stanley and ride a chairlift down The Nut, the remains of an ancient volcanic plug jutting out into the tempestuous ocean.

In between there are cellar doors and eateries along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail that showcase the region’s natural produce. You’ll find small-scale producers; oyster farms and ocean fisheries; dairy farms; vineyards and hop growers. It’s just a matter of choosing where to start your winter adventure.

Welcome to Guide to the North West Coast of Tasmania


Dine by crashing waves and indulge in some of the freshest produce in the world.

Xanders Restaurant


Local seafood in the village of Stanley.

Anvers Chocolate Factory


Old-world chocolate in a quaint Tasmanian town.


Destination whisky distilling and hand-crafted beer.

Seven Sheds


Sip small-batch beer overlooking the hops.

Hellyers Road Distillery


World-class whisky distilling by former dairy farmers.


From lush rainforests and snow-covered mountains to rugged ocean horizons and underground caves, the North West has a hike for every terrain.


Relax in a Central Highlands retreat or a spa getaway in the forest.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge


Luxurious suites at the base of Cradle Mountain.


Winter road-tripping through the Tasmanian North-West.

Chocolate, whisky and pinot noir by the fire make for some of the finest winter activities. To counteract any over-indulgence, take advantage of the many walks through the natural landscapes of alpine trails and rugged coastlines.