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orange bulletNorth East Tasmania Holidays

An area extending down the east coast to the Freycinet Peninsula, inland to the Central Highlands and north to the coast at Devonport.

This is a place of fertile agricultural inland, peaceful beaches, fishing villages, world class scenery and history at every turn. Remnants of a tin mining industry can be found in some of the small townships of the north east corner.

orange bulletPlaces Of Interest - North East Tasmania

Launceston & surrounds - the commercial centre of northern Tasmania and Australia's third oldest city, featuring a generous number of fine parks and gardens. As is the case elsewhere in Tasmania, there is no shortage of National Trust classified historical buildings. Cataract Gorge and the Chairlift near the town centre are popular spots. Visit Penny Royal World, an period entertainment centre with working exhibits.

Take a guided walk through the city centre and a trip to Franklin House. Cruise the Tamar River, pay a visit to the Waverley Woollen Mills and the National Automobile Museum. Head west from Launceston to Hadspen for a visit to the renowned Entally House and the restored bluestone Carrick Mill.

Continue on to the Liffey Valley and enjoy the Liffey Valley Falls. Loop around through Longford and Evandale which are both National Trust classified towns. Don't miss Clarendon House, south of Evandale.

Deloraine - the town sits at the base of the Great Western Tiers and is a good jumping off point for the nearby Cradle Mountain and Mole Creek. There are several good walks in the area and a fly fishing school.

The Midlands - the historic village of Campbell Town boasts several examples of colonial, convict-built buildings such as the Red Bridge and St Lukes Church of England. Ross is another historic village just a few kilometres down the road and best known for Ross Bridge, a stone arch bridge built by convicts.

Other places of interest are the Scotch Thistle Inn and the Tasmanian Wool Centre. Trout fisherman will want to head west into the Highlands lake country to try London Lakes, Little Pine, Great Lake, Howes Lagoon and Lake Kay.

The North Coast - the ruins of the original gold mines at Beaconsfield are still evident. The Grubb Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum is a popular visit. Across the Tamar River is George Town, site of the first landing in northern Tasmania. Nearby Low Head is home to a pilot station, maritime museum and Fairy penguins.Head further east along the coast to Bridport for beach walks, trout farming, gem fossicking, fishing and bird watching.

The East Coast - often called Tasmania's sun coast due to it's milder climate and often sunny days. An area of "don't rush" peace and quiet with long sandy beaches, good surf, plenty of fishing, boat charters and great seafood. Spectacular scenery is on display everywhere along this coast.

Visitors can access Mt William National Park from Ansons Bay with its lighthouse at Eddystone Point. Head south for the game fishing and the Peron Dunes at St Helens. Travel further south through the tourism developments at Scamander and on to the cross-roads at St Marys. Call in to the fishing village of Bicheno for the East Coast Bird Life and Animal Centre, the Sea Life Centre, penguin tours, scuba diving, fishing and the Douglas Apsley National Park.

Onwards to the jewel of the east coast at Coles Bay in Freycinet National Park the gateway to pristine beaches, sheltered inlets and some excellent bushwalking and scenery. (Refer to National Parks heading below). Try Swansea on the other side of Great Oyster Bay for camping, boating, fishing, surfing and a visit to the Swansea Bark Mill.

The National Parks - Asbestos Range National Park is on the north coast to the east of Devonport and features unspoilt beaches, wildlife and a variety of beach and coastal walks. There are camping and picnic areas. Ben Lomond National Park lies to the south east of Launceston and is a highland alpine park with winter snow and skiing facilities. The Douglas Apsley National Park is at the east and features river, gorge and forest scenery and some unusual flora and fauna. Basic facilities only.

Perched on the north east tip of Tasmania is the Mt William National Park, remote and peaceful, with plenty of wildlife and quiet sandy beaches. It offers acilities for camping and boat launching. Freycinet National Park is the best known of all the parks for its sheltered white sand, blue water beaches, granite peaks and exceptional flora and fauna. It offers visitors picnic sites, camping, walking and water activities.

Flinders Island - situated off the north east tip of Tasmania and somewhat off the beaten track for most travellers but serviced by local flight operators. The primary occupations on Flinders Island are farming and fishing. There are some excellent beaches, fishing and scuba diving sites.

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