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Circular Head - Cities, Towns and Localities
Arthur River
Other towns, villages and localities in the Circular Head Region include:
• Marrawah • Temma • Woolnorth

The Nut at Stanley, Circular Head.The municipality of Circular Head covers 4,917 square km, and is one of the largest municipal land areas in Tasmania. The area got its name from the unusual land formation commonly known as “the Nut”, at Stanley. This land formation was sighted by Bass and Flinders on their historic circumnavigation of the State in 1798, and was named by them as the “Circular Head”.

Encompassing the Far North West Tasmania, Circular Head municipality includes the communities of Arthur River, Marrawah, Smithton, Stanley, Temma and Woolnorth.

Smithton is the largest town in the Circular Head Municipality, located at the mouth of the Duck River, only 86 km west of Burnie.

Today, Circular Head is mainly a prime beef and dairy producing area, although it has other industries including fishing, abalone farming, oyster farming, the major iron ore pelletising plant at Port Latta, as well as a variety of other services.

Check out our listing of Circular Head accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Stanley Visitor Centre

Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre - Burnie

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Circular Head Attractions

Allendale Gardens and Rainforest Walks
• Ph: 03 6456 4216
A visit here is can take up to 2 hrs. Whether your interest is gardens, trees, forest or birds you will find it all here. Where peacock drape themselves from the pergolas and ornamental bridges, little guinea pigs free range the lawns and sometimes through the daylight hours visitors have been witness to platypus feeding or playing in the stream which gently winds its way throughout the six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.

The privately owned sixty five acres of forest leads off from a path in the gardens. A cool temperate forest it is a magical place for young and old alike. There are three different easy walks of 10, 15, and 25 minutes that loops back into the gardens. There are glades of tree fern with an understorey of thirteen different fern varieties discovered so far, majestic old trees tower above, some of them 500 years old with girths at ground level of fifteen metres. The 25 minute walk enjoy is through the Fairy Glades, a fifty metre fantasy section especially done for children, but which captivates adults equally as much.

Then enjoy a Devonshire Tea in Allendales’ Tea House with it’s gardens and picture gallery. There is also a picnic area is available for those wishing to bring in their own food.

Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm from 15th September to the 15th May. (Closed Christmas day and Good Friday.)

You can find us by driving on the A2 almost to Smithton. Turn left onto the B22 Road at Gunns Timber Mill. Approximately 12 kms further along the B22 Road will bring you to Allendale Lane, turn right here. Watch for signage.

Circular Head Heritage Centre
Established in Smithton by a group of volunteers to exhibit maps, artefacts, manuscripts, tools, photographs of our Pioneers and the heritage they have left behind, and much more.
The Nut
This State Reserve has walking tracks and spectacular views. Wildlife include Shearwater (mutton bird) rookeries, Pacific and Silver Gulls, Black Eared Cuckoos, Orange Bellied Parrots, Nankeen Kestrels, Peregrine Falcons and more. There is also chairlift to the top of the Nut, with Tea-rooms and souvenir shop located at the car park at the start of the chairlift and walking track.
The Tarkine Wilderness
The Tarkine wilderness is 350,000 hectares of remarkably diverse country. It is the largest wild area left unprotected, located between two of Tasmania’s largest rivers, the Pieman and the Arthur. Check out some of the Tarkine images on the Circular Head web site.

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Circular Head Events

Tasmania Events
Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race
• October/November
The 152 nautical mile race across the Bass Strait begins at Queenscliff in Victoria and ends at ‘The Nut’ in Stanley. The event includes a number of other activities for the entire family. The event is organised by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria.
Circular Head Agricultural Show
• Stanley Recreation Ground
• December
All day agricultural show event featuring animal nursery, cattle judging, show jumping, wood chopping, dog show and judging, as well as variety of entertainment for the entire family. There are also awards for flower and produce displays, as well as arts and crafts. Check the council site for more information.
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