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Smithton - Cities, Towns and Localities
Smithton is the largest and oldest established town on Tasmania’s far north-west coast, in the Circular Head Municipality. It is situated at the mouth of the Duck River, 86 Kilometres west of Burnie.

The area is rich farmland, much of which has been reclaimed from swamp. Many bones of animals from more than 40,000 years ago have been found on farmland drained around Mella. These include remains of a giant wombat, a  giant kangaroo and marsupial rhinoceros. It’s economy is based on dairy farming, timber and fishing. With rivers winding through spectacular Beech forests and undulating farmlands.

There is plenty for the visitor including ten forestry reserves, ranging from rainforests to blackwood swamps and giant eucalypt forests. The Forestry Commission (Corner of Nelson and Smith Streets) can provide maps and route information, with the most rewarding reserves being Julius River Forest Reserve and the Milkshakes Hills Forest Reserve.

There is great bush walking, fishing, boating, and for the more adventurous, west to Marrawah to surf the Indian Ocean. Smithton makes an excellent gateway to visit the west coast’s Arthur River area, with the wilderness only a short drive away.

Check out our listing of Smithton 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

Smithton Attractions

Allendale Gardens and Rainforest Walks
• Interesting mixture of rainforest, botanic gardens and walkways.
Dismal Swamp Maze and Visitor Centre
• Forestry Tasmania • SMITHTON • Ph: +61 3 6452 4905 • Email
• ...a different sort of place - dark, misty, dewy - who knows what lurks around the next corner ...a different sort of forest...

Located just Togari, 22 kms from Smithton, is this unique 2 million eco-attraction. Dismal Swamp is set within a two kilometre blackwood swamp sinkhole and is reputed to be the largest sinkhole in the southern hemisphere. The sinkholes (poljes), swamps and underground lakes are formed by limestone karst.

The attraction includes timber-arched viewing platform, a massive slide of 30 metres down to the forest floor and a two kilometre maze. You also have the choice of taking the walkway.

Dismal Swamp, together with the Tahune AirWalk and The Scottsdale Forest Eco Centre form the ‘big three’ Forestry Tasmania eco-tourism attraction.
The Forestry Commission
• Cnr Nelson and Smith Sts, SMITHTON TAS 7330 • Ph: 03 6452 1317
• For maps and route information.
Gunns Timber Mill
• Ph: 03 6272 0068 (for details)
• See timber being milled and prepared for export, inspection by appointment.

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Smithton Distance

Distance to Smithton
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Smithton :
• Burnie 85
• Devonport 131
• Hobart 419
• Launceston 230
• Marrawah 49
• Stanley 20
• Table Cape 65
• Wynyard 66
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.


Smithton Other Links

• Smithton Local Government Links
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