Include Tasmania’s north-west in your next holiday plans and let your taste-buds explore one of Australia’s most fertile agricultural regions as you soak up the natural beauty of the rugged wilderness backdrop. Nestled between Cradle Mountain and Bass Strait, Tasmania’s beautiful, bountiful north-west region offers something for everyone, from sweet treats to fine wine, farm-gates to distilleries, wild ocean harvests to award-winning dairy products.
Create your own itinerary from the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail website or select one of the ready-made options below:
This itinerary is all about ‘you’ time with plenty of opportunities to taste, enjoy and purchase. Grab a bestie, a mate, or your ‘other half’ and have a couple of days of grown up fun on the Trail.
Choose from wineries, a brewery, a cidery, a distillery, a coffee roaster, and a tasting centre that features only Tasmanian spirits. There are a couple of special stops to line the stomach and places to rest your head. Depending on your taste and time you could add in Emilia Wines or Prickly Mo Vineyard or try out cafes and restaurants such as Deloraine Deli; or Delish Fine Foods in Burnie. If you need an extra night’s relaxation try Alexandria B & B at Wynyard or immerse yourself in the Tarkine at Corinna Wilderness Experience.
Are we there yet?
Got the grandkids in tow? This itinerary is designed to keep even the most impatient ‘are we there yet’ travellers happy. Think lots of variety, maximum energy usage, minimal travelling time between stops and a little bit of good grand-parent fun in between. There’s only so much sugar a child can take so all these spots have healthy options on the menu and there are take home treats to space out the sugar hits.
Many Trail members have great outdoor spaces for dining, taking photos and wearing off energy, so make the most of it and enjoy it alfresco when you can.
And remember the onslaught of pancakes, berries, ice cream, chocolate and cheese that your kids are about to order is really not that far from your heart or taste-buds either!
Take me to the mountain
For many visitors to Tasmania, Cradle Mountain is one of the key destinations, and why not – it’s absolutely beautiful! If you’re travelling to ‘Cradle’ there are a number of routes you can take including a loop that includes Burnie, Forth/Devonport, Sheffield or even Mole Creek. Cradle Mountain Hotel and Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge both have superb restaurants featuring Tasmanian produce and you may also want to stock up on Tasting Trail nibbles as you pass through the region.
Not your average wine tour
Why just do a ‘winery tour’ when Tasmania’s North West offers so many more tipples? Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail has excellent wineries and there’s also a brewery, a cidery, a whisky distillery and a boutique tasting centre where you can sample and purchase Tasmanian spirits including award-winning whisky, gin and vodka.
If you prefer not to consume alcohol too far before lunch why not take a leisurely Tasmanian breakfast at a café to line your stomach before the main event. Depending on where you started the day, try Pier 01, Elizabeth Town Café, Deloraine Deli, Delish Fine Foods or if you just want great coffee – head to Infuse Coffee Roasters in Burnie. Draw straws for your designated driver and clear some space in the back for purchases along the way. Be sure to shout your DES a Spreyton apple juice or non-alcoholic ginger beer as well!
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- 41 Degrees South
Salmon farm, ginseng nursery and wetlands near Delraine. Free tastings, light meals, lunch, all day dining, outdoor dining and self-guided walks available. Open 7 days 9am – 4pm April – Oct, 9am-5pm Nov-Mar.
A: 323 Montana Road, Deloraine/Red Hills 7304
P: (03) 6362 4130 W: www.41southtasmania.com
- Raspberry Farm Cafe
Farm and café featuring stone and timber with large windows overlooking lush green lawns running down to a lake filled with water lillies. Open 7 days 7am-5pm.
A: 9 Christmas Hills Road, Elizabeth Town 7304
P: (03) 6362 2186 W: www.raspberryfarmcafe.com
- Seven Sheds Brewery
Select from a range of permanent and seasonal brews to taste, enjoy at our on-site picnic tables or take home. Open Wed to Sun 11am-5pm (3pm in winter) – Closed August.
A: 22 Crockers Street, Railton 7305
P: (03) 6496 1139 W: www.sevensheds.com
- The House of Anvers
The House of Anvers contains a real chocolate taste sensation. Fine couverture chocolates, truffles, pralines, fudges and more! Open 7 days 7am-6pm.
A: 9025 Bass Highway, Latrobe 7307
P: (03) 6426 2958 W: www.anvers-chocolate.com.au
- Ghost Rock Vineyard
Sample award winning wines, enjoy lunch out on the terrace, and take in the sweeping ocean and mountain views. Art gallery and gift shop. Open Daily
A: 1055 Port Sorell Road, Northdown 7307
P: (03) 6428 4005 W: www.ghostrock.com.au
- Spreyton Cider
The cidery, set in our working orchards offers tastings and sales of our range of premium alcoholic Ciders and Ginger Beer, Fresh Juices and Traditional Ginger Beer. Also, showcasing Tasmanian food products, beers and wines. Open 12pm-5pm 7 days.
A: Cnr Sheffield & Melrose Road, Spreyton 7310
P: (03) 6427 2125 W: www.spreytonciderco.com.au
- Hellyers Road Distillery
Australia’s largest distiller of Australian single malt whisky and proudly Tasmanian. Enjoy a distillery tour and superb cafe menu. Open 10am – 4.30pm 7 days.
A: 153 Old Surrey Road, Burnie 7320
P: (03) 6433 0439 W: www.hellyersroaddistillery.com.au
- Tarkine Fresh Oysters
Award winning oysters direct from the pristine waters of the Tarkine Coast. Fresh Oyster Sales Open Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm December to April.
A: 21-25 West Esplanade, Smithton 7330
P: 03 6452 2262 W: www.tarkinefreshoysters.com.au
- Van Diemen’s Land Creamery
Country-style café selling our handmade ice-creams and gelato (over 40 flavours), light lunches including focaccias, pancakes & Devonshire teas. Open 10am to 5pm 7 Days.
A: 10 Christmas Hill Road, Deloraine TAS 7304
P: 03 6362 4200 W: www.vdlcreamery.com.au
Australia’s largest Hazelnut producer, with hazelnut inspired lunch and dessert options available at the Nut Farm Café & Tasting Centre. Open daily from 10am-4pm. Tours, tastings and product sales also available. Closed during Winter.
A: 127 Hagley Station Lane, Hagley 7292
P: 0438 506 988 W: www.hazelbrae.com.au
- Emilia Wines
Beautiful vineyard and cellar-door in Spreyton – 10 minutes drive from Devonport Emilia is a family-owned vineyard. Our vines are hand picked and pruned to produce the finest cool climate wines. Open Wednesday to Sunday 11am-4pm for tastings and sales.
A: 347 Mersey Main Road, Spreyton, TAS, 7310
P: 0418 642722 W: www.emiliawines.com.au
- Sails on Port Sorell Boutique Apartments
Unique self contained, self catering, – three studio apartments, together with a stunning villa a 15 to 20 minute drive from Devonport, Latrobe and the Spirit of Tasmania.
A: 54 Rice Street, Port Sorell 7307
P: (03) 6428 7580 W: www.sailsonportsorell.com.au
- Tall Timbers Hotel
Located at Smithton, gateway to the abundant attractions of the North West Cost, hotels rooms & luxury self-contained apartments.
A: 5-15 Scotchtown Road, Smithton 7330
P: (03) 6452 9000 W: www.talltimbershotel.com.au