The scenery from the highway is lovely, green rolling hills, patchwork fields and wild coastline- but if you have the time, take some detours to discover more about the north west coast.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Look for signs to local markets, farmers markets and farm gate sales
- Taste the wonderful raspberry products Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, near Elizabeth Town
- Detour into Latrobe -visit the Axeman’s Hall of Fame, visit antique shops and it is THE home of the platypus!
- If you want a chocolate fix have a chocolate experience at the House of Anvers
- Sample cherries fresh from the orchard at the Cherry Shed (in season)
- The coastal Narawntapu National Park has some great short walks. Wombats, Kangaroos and many bird species abound.
- Learn about cheese making at Ashgrove Farm and sample their fantastic range cheese
- Devonport - visit Home Hill, the home of Tasmania’s only Prime Minister and the first woman elected to the House of Representatives Joe and Enid Lyons, Tiagarra for an amazing insight into the lives of the Tasmanian Indigenous community or ride The Don River Railway
- For something a bit different visit Simon Martin Whips at 4 Formby Road - whips made for stockmen, performers,sports whip crackers and collectors, as well as a large range of leather products available.
- Bass Strait Maritime Centre at 6 Gloucester Avenue - Bass Strait stories and events. Test you skills and take the Helm and captain a 1910's steamer into the Mersey River or though the heads of Port Phillip Bay.
- Detour to Guns Plains Caves (about 30 kms south of Ulverstone) for a taste of subterranean magic or a walk in the depths of the Leven Canyon to feel the might of nature and an ascent to its heights for outstanding views
- Travel though to Burnie via Ulverstone and Penguin – get off the highway at Ulverstone and go along the coast road – it is worth the extra few minutes
- Burnie is reinventing itself as the City of Makers – whisky, cheese, paper, jewellery, a visit to the Makers Workshop a must to find out more about these wonderful local products, you will it see on the highway just north of the town centre
- Leave the highway for a detour into Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach, beautiful white sand beaches in rural settings
- Take the Table Cape Scenic Route, just past the turn off Boat Harbour - a spectacular drive through patchwork fields with magnificent views of Bass Strait, and in Spring thousands of tulips make it even more glorious