North western Tasmania has several major towns where the backpacker can base themselves and travel around the area. From the mainland travelers will arrive in Devonport and find plenty of things to do in the town. There are plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants, Tasmania accommodation as well as stores to stock up on all your exploring requirements. Of great interest to most visitors to North West Tasmania is Lakes St Clair National Park and Cradle Mountain. This is a World heritage Listed Area and has wonderful rainforests for you to explore and enjoy. There are guided walks through the park and in summer there are nightly walks where you will see many creatures not visible during the day. Other activities include horseriding, in season trout fishing, mountain biking and canoeing. There are many animals to see including kangaroo, wombat, wallaby and you may even get to see a Tasmanian Devil.
There are a few rather long walks which can take several days and walks need to be fairly fit and able to carry extra clothing and emergency shelter as the weather can be quite unpredictable. Of course if walking is going to be difficult for you, taking in this beautiful scenic area is always possible by helicopter.
Go into the underworld and see stalactites and stalagmites in the caves under the farming area of Gunns Plains reserve. These limestone caves are fascinating with an underground river as well. This nature reserve is also home to many species of fish, some eels and huge freshwater lobster as well as platypus. Tasmania also has a special glow worm called Arachnocamp Tasmaniensis. There is a good caravan and camping park here that has cabins for rent. From here you can indulge in trout fishing, bush walking, kayaking and when it is warm enough, swimming. There are picnic areas and BBQ facilities.
Whilst in North West Tasmania - amongst other Tasmania tours - you must visit the Tarkine Wilderness area with tall forests of leatherwood, Myrtle and pine trees. Enjoy learning about the 30,000 year old heritage of the Tarkine people. North West Tasmania has many towns to visit with galleries, museums and many tours to take. See the Alpaca farm, learn to fly fish, visit the Little Penguins Observation centre or just explore and relax.