Northeast Tassie’s fertile soil has led to it being rich in farmland and fresh produce. But historically it was famous for something quite different: gold and tin. Prospector George Bell first discovered tin close to Mount Cameron in 1874, leading to a boom that drew scores of Chinese immigrants to the region. Today Northeast Tassie, also called Dorset, has a permanent population of about 7,300 and plenty of things to do.
Bridport is perfect for a summer getaway, drawing in both locals from Launceston and travelers from further away. Dive into the refreshing blue water of clean, safe beaches and then take a short walk into Main Street for local cafes and shops. A swim followed by a coffee and breakfast? Why not? If you want to work on your fitness AND your general knowledge at the same time, take the Bridport History Walk. It’ll guide you through four kilometres of foreshore with forest and historical info. You can also check out the long white beach in the tiny town of Tomahawk for a little more seclusion.
Pay a visit to Ringarooma, where farmland gives way to Mt. Victoria National Park and you’ll find Tasmania’s highest single-stream waterfall – Ralph Falls. See a thin stream of water fall like a teardrop down a 90-metre rock face in a rainforest park. St. Helens is the largest town in the northeast and the fishing capital of the state. It also has an impressive town centre, based around Cecilia Street, with unique shops selling everything from jewelry to sweets. For some unique art and shopping, check out one of the local galleries or visit a market like the Bridport Market for food, toys and other cool stuff.
While you’re in the area, don’t miss your chance to see the Bay of Fires on the East Coast. A coastline at the edge of Mt. William National Park, it has white beaches, red-hued rocks, and long walks through striking landscapes.
Northeast Tassie is yet another rewarding region in a state full of worthy places to visit, and you’ll want to see the rest of Tasmania too. Book your Northeast Tassie accommodation with us and don’t forget about your flight to Launceston.
Hotels in Northeast Tasmania start at AU$105 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.