Circular Head - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Arthur River
Other towns, villages and localities in the Circular
• Marrawah • Temma • Woolnorth
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
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.
is the largest town in the Circular Head Municipality,
located at the mouth of the Duck River, only 86 km west of
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
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.
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
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
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.
• 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 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.
Circular Head Events
• Tasmania Events
Melbourne to Stanley Yacht
• 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
• 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.
• 33 Goldie St, SMITHTON TAS 7330 • Ph: 03 6452 4800 •
• Circular Head Municipality covers an
area of 4,917 km square in far north-west Tasmania, gaining its name from the
unusual land formation in Stanley known as ‘the Nut’, the solidified lava lake
of a long extinct volcano. Encompassing the Far North West Tasmania, Circular Head municipality includes
the communities of Stanley, Marrawah, Arthur River, Woolnorth, Temma and
Smithton. Includes some tourism info.
Smithton Online Access Centre
• Public Buildings, Nelson St, SMITHTON
• Ph: 03 6452 5001 •
• A Tasmanian Department of Education
managed resource, that includes multimedia computers. The Centre is located
between the Library and Service Tas right in the heart of town.