Smithton is the gateway before venturing off into the rugged The Tarkine/takayna Wilderness. This industrial coastal town sits right on Duck Bay and River, and is surrounded by lush green fields fed by the rains of the Roaring Forties. On a clear day, you can even catch a glimpse of Perkins and Robbins Islands off in the distance of Bass Strait.
Smithton has plenty of in-town and nearby adventures to be had. With Woolnorth Tours or the Duck River Robotic Dairy it really is the agri-tourism mecca of Tasmania. Don’t skip town without sampling the renowned Tarkine Fresh Oysters. The oysters are harvested straight from Duck Bay where there is a 3.5 meter rise and fall in the tide, providing the perfect environment for growing oysters.
West of Smithton you’ll find the notoriously powerful surf destination, Marrawah. It’s here that thrill-seeking surfers from all over the world take on the seriously dangerous swells of the wild Southern Ocean.
At Cape Grim on the nearby North-Western tip you can tour Tasmania’s largest wind farm harnessing the powerful winds of the Roaring Forties.