Pieman River mouth, Jean-Paul Ferrero / Auscape International

Population 3363

This substantial town is renowned for its unique blackwood–swamp forests. Smithton services the most productive dairying and vegetable-growing area in the state and, with several large sawmills, is also the centre of significant forestry reserves and the gateway to The Tarkine.

Visitor Information

Smithton Tourist Information Site; 29 Smith St, Smithton; (03) 6458 1330.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Stanley

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  • Wynyard

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  • Burnie

    The first European pioneers believed the Burnie area to be agriculturally rich, but high rainfall and dense forests covering the surrounding...more

In Town

Circular Head Heritage Centre: artefacts and memorabilia detailing the area's pioneering history; 8 King St.

Lookout tower: excellent views from Tier Hill; Massey St.

Western Esplanade Community Park: popular picnic spot overlooking the mouth of the Duck River, with fishing and walks; Western Espl.

Britton Brothers Timber Mill: tours of the mill by appt (03) 6452 2522; Brittons Rd, southern outskirts of town.


Allendale Gardens These gardens are linked to a rainforest area by 3 easy loop walks that take in the Fairy Glades, a section constructed for children, and towering 500-year-old trees. Peacocks roam the gardens, where Devonshire tea is available. Open Oct–Apr; Edith Creek; (03) 6456 4216; 13 km S.

Woolnorth tours: coach tours visit spectacular Cape Grim cliffs, wind farm, and Woolnorth sheep, cattle and timber property, owned by the Van Diemen's Land Company since the 1820s; bookings on (03) 6452 1493.

River and Duck Bay: good fishing and boating; 2 km N.

Sumac Lookout: amazing views over Arthur River and surrounding eucalypt forest; 4 km S on Sumac Rd.

Milkshake Hills Forest Reserve: exquisite picnic spot among eucalypts and rainforest; 10 min loop walk or 1 hr return walk to hilltop; 40 km S.

Surfing: excellent, but turbulent surf beaches near Marrawah where Rip Curl West Coast Classic is held in Mar; 51 km SW.

Arthur River cruises: trips into pristine wilderness of Arthur Pieman Protected Area; run Sept–June; 70 km SW.

Tarkine Forest Adventures

: take the 110 m slide into the world's only blackwood forest sinkhole; 32 km W.

Gardiner Point: 'Edge of the World' plaque; 70 km SW

Eco-friendly activities around town

Creative Paper, Burnie 70 km

Make your own paper with recycled bits and pieces on a half-hour tour at this non-profit, community-based enterprise. They use all sorts of odds and ends to make their eco-friendly papers, including old jeans, fruit pulp... Find out more

Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 85 km

If you want to embark on a little-known, but highly varied Tasmanian bushwalk, try part or the entire 80-kilometre Penguin to Cradle walk. It starts at the coast, goes through a mix of rural areas, woodlands, canyons,... Find out more

Gunns Plains Cave 91 km

Located just south-west of Gunns Plains (some 23 kilometres south-west of Ulverstone), this is yet another great limestone cave. It has one of the largest shawl formations in the Southern Hemisphere, glow worms aplenty... Find out more

Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 96 km

Tasmania has the largest freshwater crayfish in the world, and they can grow up to a metre in length, with claws that could cut a person’s hand off. You can go out on a research trip with the world’s expert... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Bridge Bistro

Just over the bridge from the centre of Smithton, this hotel bistro is exactly what you’d expect to find in a remote country pub. The dining room is remarkably comfy, with banquette seats around booth tables and... Find out more

Kauri Bistro

A step up from pub fare, this is the only other place in town to get an evening meal. The Kauri Bistro is a roomy space topped by an exposed timber ceiling, giving the impression of being in a giant log cabin. Although... Find out more

Marrawah Tavern

This is as far as you can go west in Tasmania and still sit in a bar. Just down the road at the famous Greens Beach, monster waves arrive uninterrupted from Tierra del Fuego if the weather is right. Not surprisingly,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Montagu Recreation Reserve camping area 16 km

This very picturesque campground on the edge of remote Robbins Passage is only open Nov–Apr each year, so if you want to camp under the shade of these beautiful gums, it is a good idea to book ahead. There are 46... Find out more

Black River camping area 16 km

These secluded sites are nestled in coastal vegetation next to the Black River estuary. There is safe swimming at lovely Brickmakers Beach and a boat-launching ramp into the river. This large campground is part of the... Find out more

Peggs Beach camping area 19 km

This small campground is very popular with locals, so you will be lucky to find a spot here in the summer holiday season. Although it is close to the highway, it is right next to a gorgeous, wide beach with... Find out more

Julius River Forest camping area 35 km

On the northern edge of the huge Tarkine rainforest wilderness, this forest camping area is 10 km east of the Kanunnah Bridge and Sumac Lookout on the South Arthur Forest Dr (C218). At Julius River Reserve, there are 6... Find out more

Green Point camping area 38 km

Green Point is the end of the road heading west. This grassy camping ground faces onto wild surf beaches, where huge ocean swells roll in uninterrupted from South Africa. Bring good shelter as the campground is open and... Find out more

Prickly Wattles Campground 45 km

There are plenty of secluded, sheltered sites at this extensive camping ground next to the road, 2 km south of Arthur River. Reputed to be a very good fishing destination, the beach at Arthur River has firm sand and... Find out more

Manuka Campground 45 km

At remote Arthur River, this large campground is the nicest of the 3 in the area and has sheltered spots for large rigs. Keeping out of the wind is a priority here, but if you want to feel the true force of west-coast... Find out more

Peppermint Campground 45 km

This camping area in the township of Arthur River has the BBQ you will need to cook that freshly caught salmon, even if the weather is too wet to get the fire going. These sites are on the smallish side, so large rigs... Find out more

Sandy Cape camping area (bush camping) 72 km

The largest sand dunes in the state are at Sandy Cape, but they are hard to reach and this unserviced camping ground on Tasmania’s remote west coast is only accessible by 4WD. Tracks in the area should be attempted... Find out more

Waratah camping area 75 km

Formerly the location of the world’s leading tin mine, Waratah now welcomes tourists not miners, although there is still gold to be panned in nearby creeks. In the middle of town, there is a lake and waterfall;... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park 17 km

This park, on the water’s edge, is a 200-metre stroll from the centre of town and a perfect base for exploring historic Stanley. The spectacular geological feature, The Nut, which is the remains of an old volcano,... Find out more

Crayfish Creek Van and Cabin Park and Spa TreeHouse 23 km

In a distinctive bushland setting, this park is tucked away on the banks of Crayfish Creek, a short way in from the coast. It is a popular park during holiday periods, when the weather is warmer for swimming and camping.... Find out more

Beach Retreat Tourist Park 54 km

Located at the mouth of the Inglis River and on the beachfront, this park is within walking distance of the town centre. It has good facilities and is ideal for an overnight stay or a few days. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Penguin Caravan Park 85 km

This beachfront park at the western end of town has undergone a makeover. The waterfront sites have been refurbished and the park has a licensed restaurant. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Wings Wildlife Park 91 km

Staying here is a different experience. There is trout fishing, bushwalking, kayaking, golf, and more. The park has good facilities including powered sites, but we would opt for the unpowered riverfront camping area. The... Find out more

BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park 96 km

This is a good quality park with spacious grassy areas and a range of facilities, about 1 km from the town centre and close to the surf club on East Beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Rosebank Cottages 

Rosebank, Rosebud and Rosie’s cottages are a modern take on old-fashioned country style with pretty gardens, lots of chintzy floral decor and a distinct rosy theme. Two of these self-contained cottages are just... Find out more

Tall Timbers Hotel

This large hotel complex with soaring cathedral ceilings is a showcase for Tasmania’s exquisite timbers and a monument to the tall forests that lie at the ‘Edge of the World’. The 67 suites show off... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mountain Valley, Loongana 96 km

Mountain Valley is off the beaten tourist track, situated around 64 kilometres south-west of Devonport (due south of Burnie). Visitors here stay in rustic cabins with open fireplaces on a private and remote 60-hectare... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Black River camping area 16 km

T/O 44km W of Wynyard (R) or 23km E of Smithton (L)

Secluded campsites 1km to 5km (unsealed) off the highway in the scrub near the river.

Peggs Beach camping area 19 km

42km W of Wynyard (R) or 25km E of Smithton (L)

Adjacent to the highway. On the foreshore.

Brickmakers Beach rest area 20 km

40km W of Wynyard (R) or 27km E of Smithton (L)

Adjacent to the highway. On the foreshore.

Sisters Beach rest area 38 km

T/O 13km NW of Wynyard (R) or 54km SE of Smithton (L)

Shady area on the foreshore 8km north of the highway via Sisters Beach Rd.

Green Point camping area 38 km

T/O at Marrawah

On the foreshore 1km north-west of Marrawah via Green Point Rd and Beach Rd (unsealed).

Prickly Wattles camping area 44 km

T/O at Marrawah

Just off Arthur River Rd in a natural bush setting 17km (partly unsealed) south of Marrawah.

Peppermint Camp Area 45 km

17 km S of Marrawah at Arthur River

Open camp area just off the road into town on the north side of Arthur River township. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Wynyard park area 55 km

At Wynyard

On the foreshore at the east end of town via Mt Hicks Rd.

Hellyer Gorge rest area 63 km

40km S of Somerset (L) or 66km N of Tullah (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

Somerset park area 64 km

At Somerset

At the junction with Bass Hwy on the banks of the Cam River.

Fossey River rest area 79 km

67km S of Somerset (L) or 39km N of Tullah (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

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