From tin mining to timber, agriculture to essential oils, Aboriginal to Chinese history, and summits to surf… the Far North East is a magical part of Tasmania!
The verdant valley of Pyengana provides the rich creamy milk for Pyengana’s famous cloth-bound cheddar cheeses. Grab a taste on the way to the magnificent St. Columba Falls; at a height of over 90 metres, this cascading waterfall is one of Tasmania’s highest and finest. A high quality track leads to the base of the falls, on a 20 minute return walk through cool and shady rainforest.
Following the discovery of alluvial tin in the Weld and Frome Rivers in 1874-1876, Chinese miners arrived, some from China and many from the declining goldfields of Victoria. Moorina, Weldborough, Garibaldi, Argus and St Helens; in 1891, there were close to 1000 Chinese in Tasmania and almost all were in these districts. Today, there remains a Chinesemonument in the Moorina cemetery, inscribed with Chinese characters meaning “32nd year of Kwong Hsu (emperor) and Great Chinese Kingdom”. Bodies of Chinese miners were buried here before being exhumed for shipping from the port of Boobyalla, back to China, to be given proper burials by families at home. An indigenous name, Moorina is said to be named after a sister of Truganini.
Located in the far north-east corner of Tasmania, Gladstone is your nearest town for groceries, petrol, firewood, meals, accommodation and park camping permits en route to Mt. William National Park. Long stretches of dazzling white sandy beaches, turquoise blue clear waters, beautifully coloured granite boulders and coastal heath and woodland providing a diverse habitat for a great variety of wildlife and birdlife. You may even see a passing pod of whales or dolphins, or catch sight of a seal resting on the beach. The park is an important refuge for Tasmania’s only endemic kangaroo, the Forester Kangaroo, severely depleted in numbers by hunting and early agricultural development. Of great significance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, the park stretches 36 km along the Tasmanian coastline, and incorporates the iconic Bay of Fires. Fishing, swimming and snorkelling are popular, and there are walks to suit all abilities.
South Mount Cameron, en route to the Far North East and Mt. William National Park is where you’ll find the Blue Lake. A legacy of mining days past, the sunlight refracting on the minerals in the floor of the lake turns the water a vivid aqua blue.
While elsewhere in Tasmania people are tucking up by the fire and going into winter hibernation, North East Tasmania comes alive to celebrate and showcase local arts and crafts annually on the June long weekend.Discover more… + MAP