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Located on the far north west coast near the end of the Bass Highway, Smithton is one of the largest towns in the greater north west region. Settled in the 1870s as Duck River it was renamed in 1895 to its current name. Smithton’s primary industries throughout the years have typically been beef and dairy farming with secondary industries such as fisheries, crop farming and timber plantations also making a significant contribution to the local economy.
Smithton is a gateway to the popular Tarkine Wilderness area and is also a popular tourist destination in its own right due to its remoteness and the uniqueness of its blackwood swamp forest known as Dismal Swamp which is located just south-west of Smithton – also on the Bass Highway.
If you’re looking for some adventure in Tassie but don’t want to be too far from the conveniences of modern day life Smithton is a great place to base yourself for a few days while you explore the far north west. From here you can easily take day trips to destinations such as Marrawah, Stanley (The Nut), Arthur River and the northern edge of the Tarkine if you want to go bush walking, hiking or mountain biking.
Things to do in Smithton
Explore the far north-west on a guided tour. There are a range of tours to choose from with attractions including a wind farm, Tarkine Wilderness walks and Tasmanian Devil spotting.
Tall Timbers Adventure Tours
A range of 4wd tours are available including an aboriginal heritage tour, Tasmanian Tiger Country tour and Tarkine Wilderness adventure tour.
Tarkine Forest Adventures Dismal Swamp
Explore the world’s only blackwood sinkhole Dismal Swamp, there’s a big slide if you’re after some thrills, you can also get lost in the maze, feed pademelons and take a break at the café.
Smithton Campervan & Motorhome Parks
River Breeze Caravan & Cabin Park
There’s plenty of room for your AutoRent Hertz campervan or motorhome in the park and there’s powered sites also. If you’re renting a car from us you there are also cabins available.
Travel Times & Distances to Smithton
From Devonport: app. 1 hour 40 minutes – 130kms
From Launceston: app. 2 hours 40 minutes – 230kms
From Hobart: app. 4 hours 45 minutes – 410kms
Visitor Information Centre
Address: 45 Main Road, Stanley
Phone: 03 6458 1330
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