A pleasant rural town of around 5,000 people, Wynyard is a major regional hub, servicing many of the surrounding rural districts. It makes a good place to start exploration of the north west of Tasmania. The area is excellent for fishing. The Inglis and Flowerdale rivers are ideal for trout fishing and there is good ocean fishing as well.
The town has an annual Christmas parade held on Christmas Eve, a colourful summer fair, and regular markets, on the foreshore, at a site near the airport and a farmers market at the showground, which backs onto the river.
The Wynyard Tulip Festival, renamed Bloomin Tulips in 2004, is a popular event each year. The festival is one of the town s greatest attractions to tourists, whether from Tasmania itself or from the mainland.
Visitor Information Centre
8 Exhibition Link, Wynyard. Ph (03) 6443 8330
Where Is it?: 317 km north west of Hobart, 163 km northwest of Launceston, on the Inglis River.
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The Wonders of Wynyard is the local visitor centre with a world class collection of veteran Ford cars and local art to enjoy.
In spring and summer the area around Wynyard is carpeted with crops of flowers. Apart from the brilliant colours of the famous tulips you may also see daffodils growing at Katandra Bulbs in Oldina Road and at the Tulip Farm on Table Cape. In early summer there are broad acres of pale pink poppies and creamy white pyrethrum daisies. Lilliums grow at Moorleah and on the Cape, where the fields are covered with the intense blue Dutch Iris.
MADE WITH LOVE MARKET BAZAAR
45 Jackson St, Wynyard
Trading: 2nd Saturday of the month 9am 1pm
Type: Art and Craft, Handmade
WYNYARD FORESHORE MARKET
Foreshore, East Wynyard
Trading: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month 8am 2pm
Type: Art and Craft, Handmade
In The Area
The entrance to Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is around a 1hour 30 minute drive from Devonport. Australia's most recognisable mountain, Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mtn. Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The familiar jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while abundant wildlife, icy streams, alpine heathlands, colourful deciduous beech and ancient pines reflected in still glacial lakes entice many visitors to stay and explore.
Visitors flock to see Table Cape, an extinct volcano with views inland along the north coast and out to Bass Strait. Tours of the Table Cape lighthouse can be booked. The Lighthouse was commissioned in 1888 and was manned by three keepers until 1920 when it was automated. It has rarely been open to the public, until 2010, after decades of lobbying by the local council and tourism authorities. The cape is actually a volcanic plug which rises to about 190 metres above sea level. The cape is planted with tulip fields that are a blaze of colour in spring. The area is also famous for its lily fields.
Fossil Bluff, another remarkable sight on the way to Table Cape, is a natural headland fronting onto Bass Strait, where many fossils including Wynyardii bassiana have been found. This was named, but not discovered, by Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer, a controversial scientist who served for many years as president of the Victorian Football League (now AFL).
Located along Penguin Road, The Three Sisters are small offshore islands that are home to a huge variety of bird life. Goat Island to their east is accessible at low tide but be very careful not to get stranded. Here, you can fish, explore or observe the marine and bird life. The island is home to a breeding colony of Fairy penguins.
Boat Harbour Beach would have to be one of Australia's Top Ten beaches. Picturesque Boat Harbour Beach is noted for its clean, white sands, rock and coral formations and its crystal clear blue waters. At low tide, you may see abalone on the rocks. Precious stones are found in the rocks, and look out for fairy rings in the grass.
Open Feb to May, Flowerdale Lobster Haven is the home of the giant freshwater crayfish, unique to the streams of northern Tasmania. See this gentle monster in nursery streams and several in-ground viewing ponds. Individuals of over 5 kg in weight and over 80 cm long have been known in the past, but now, even individuals over 2 kg are rare. Set on a landscaped hillside overlooking Flowerdale River Valley, the Haven features a waterfall & many manferns. There is a tearoom featuring dishes made from the sherries grown in the proprietor s famous orchard.
Experience sweeping views of Bass Strait from the Rocky Cape Lighthouse, banksia dotted hillsides, and dramatic cliffs and coastal caves, combined with cultural history, as Rocky Cape has strong links to the Aboriginal community. Many of the bays along the coast are sheltered and tranquil, while the headlands experience the full force of the sea and wind.
Much of the vegetation in the park is low lying, wind and salt tolerant coastal heath. These heathlands flower during spring and summer, giving colour to the surrounding hills.which run down to the water where there are caves with a history of Aboriginal occupation.
Rocky Cape National Park, although small, offers visitors a varied experience on Tasmania 's coast. Here you can learn about Aboriginal life on the north-west coast. Swimming, fishing, boating and walking are popular activities. There are pleasant day and half-day walks over the hills from either Sisters Beach or from the lighthouse at the western end of the Park. Rocky Cape s unpolluted waters regularly attract dolphins and seals. At low tide on a calm day, the rocky foreshore reveals numerous rock pools inhabited by a variety of colourful fish and plants.
Within the park there is a picnic area with tables and a gas barbecue at Mary Ann Cove. Toilet facilities are available at Burgess Cove and Mary Ann Cove in Rocky Cape National Park. Drinking water is not available in the park.
Swimming, fishing, boating and bushwalking are popular activities. The park offers a fascinating variety of walks, ranging from less than 20 minutes to a full day. These take in Aboriginal rock shelters and caves, scenic hills full of wildflowers and birds, and tranquil beaches, bays and rocky headlands.
A quiet seaside village, Sisters Beach is located within the Rocky Cape National Park and is situated on the old horse trail known as the Postman s Track that once formed the only connection between Emu Bay (now Burnie) and the Van Diemen s Land outpost of Stanley. The village has a boat ramp, you can do quiet bit of fishing or catch a squid off the jetty. It is also possible to scuba dive around Rocky Cape. However, conditions can be treacherous and diving is recommended only for experienced divers. Sisters Beach has electric barbecues, toilets and drinking water provided by the local council.
Though a very pretty location, Sisters Beach is quite small and the building of new homes is currently restricted, due to the surrounding national park. A unique aspect of Sisters Beach is the prevalence of giant Banksia serrata. It is the only place in Tasmania where they occur.
Where Is it? Access is via the Boat Harbour Beach Road (Irbys Road).
152 steep steps descend to the bottom of the cubic-basalt formed Dip Falls (40 km south). These falls are very picturesque, particularly during the winter months. The track to the accessible viewing platform is beyond the falls.
A delightful wayside stop on the Murchison Highway south, the streeply winding gorge of the Hellyer River (44 km south) is filled with rainforest of tall myrtle beech, encrusted with mosses, fungi and epiphyte orchids. A number of walking tracks along the banks of the Hellyer River (near the rest area) provide a pleasant walk to refresh before journeying on. It is situated in the heart of a mountainous and heavily forested area, near one of the visually most impressive sections of highway in Tasmania.