Something for Everybody in This Stunning Part of Tasmania
You actually don’t need to go anywhere if you just want to chill. (Our family is always reluctant to leave.) You could head down to our secluded beach for a day of swimming, fishing, beach cricket; back at the house have a game of Croquet, Klop or Corn Hole; indulge your love of cooking; or just explore our 60-acre playground.
But there are also lots of other lovely things to see and do within very easy reach of Table House Farm. Just drive in any direction and you will see exquisitely beautiful scenery. The farm is on Table Cape, the iconic centrepiece of the very beautiful North West corner of Tasmania.
Table Cape Tulip Farm (Local)
The Table Cape Tulip Farm is our neighbouring farm on top of Table Cape. It features in most coffee table books and tourism brochures on Tasmania. In springtime especially it is a mecca for tourists and photographers. You can tiptoe through the tulips from end of September until third week in October. There’s a small art gallery and shop where you can buy souvenirs.
Lighthouse and Lookout (Local)
The Table Cape Lighthouse on Table Cape is just a few minutes away. There's also a lookout that has a great view over Wynyard and beyond. There’s a short, easy walking track along the coast from the lookout to the lighthouse. Go all the way to the top on Table Cape Road.
Fairy Penguins (Local)
Go with a local guide with Wynyard Penguin Tours and watch fairy penguins come in from the sea at sunset. Call +61 417 153 244 to make an appointment (check season times). Take a jacket because it can get cold sitting on the beach waiting for the penguin. Tours are free but they are grateful for donations.
Sisters Beach (25 minutes)
The long (3 kilometres), white, pristine Sisters Beach is mostly deserted. There is a lovely lagoon for children to swim and play in although the lagoon is not deserted in school holidays. Go to the car park at the western end of East Boulevard.
Stanley (45 minutes)
Historic Stanley is a charming old fishing village. It featured in the film “Light Between Oceans”. From there walk or take the chairlift up on to The Nut and do the awesome 40 minute walk around the top. You can eat fish and chips down by the wharf or a nice place for lunch is the Touchwood Gallery Café. The historic convict built Highfield House is definitely worth a visit too.
Emu Valley Rhodendron Gardens (35 minutes)
The Emu Valley Rhododenron Gardens is a must for garden lovers. It has one of the largest collections of rhododendrons in the world. At any time of the year it’s a riot of colour.
Barringwood Vineyard and Cellar Door (75 minutes)
Barringwood Vineyard is very pretty and has a nice place for lunch and a tasting room. They are open Thursday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Meals are served from 11.30 am - 3.30 pm
Cradle Mountain (1 hour 45 minutes)
Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most famous tourist attractions. It’s an easy day trip but get started early to allow time to register and take the shuttle bus to Dove Lake. There are some fabulous walking trails and a good, reasonably easy walk around Dove Lake.
Rocky Cape National Park and Anniversary Bay (30 minutes)
If you are into hiking Rocky Cape National Park is close by. There’s a great walk from Sisters Beach, over the Sisters Hills to Anniversary Bay (perhaps 2 hours return), which is only accessible on foot or by boat. There’s a trail all the way to Rocky Cape (8 hours return on coastal track), and a number of other short or long walks in the area.
Burnie Regional Art Gallery (30 minutes)
The Burnie Art Gallery has a huge exhibition space and has some great exhibitions – more than 30 visual and performing arts events every year. It’s worth checking out.
Hellyer Whisky Distillery (40 minutes)
If you like whisky you would enjoy visiting the Hellyer Whisky Distillery. Take a tour of and see how they make their famous whisky. The Distillery Café is a nice place for lunch too. It’s a beautiful building with a beautiful view.
Leven Canyon (75 minutes)
Pack a picnic and drive to the beautiful Leven Canyon. About 20 minutes walk from the car park there is a very high viewing deck poised 275 metres above the Leven River. It’s a stunning view. On the way back, stop at Kaydale Lodge for a Devonshire Tea and wander through the beautiful gardens.