Attractions.

What to do during your stay

During your stay, we have put together our top recommended Things To Do within 60 minutes drive from Compass Hut.

NAVIGATOR

 

Click the icons below in each

category to discover more about the region.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Waterfalls, short walks to multi-day walks, lookouts and more. Check out these amazing things to do and see in our region.

TASMANIAN WILDLIFE EXPERIENCES 

We are extremely lucky to have not one, but two incredible Tasmanian wildlife sanctuaries nearby! At both Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary & Devils @ Cradle, you can see the Tasmanian Devil and other Tasmanian species. 

EATING & DRINKING 

Discover places for coffee, or to breakfast, lunch & dinner. Discover vineyards and distilleries within the region. We even have a list of foodie traveller destinations such as chocolate, ice cream, cheese and more.

CAVE & CANYON TOURS

Marakoopa Cave and King Solomons Cave are exceptional! Located in beautiful Mole Creek, adventure enthusiasts can also experience canyoning at Cradle Mountain. Click to find out more. 

VINEYARDS & DISTILLERIES 

Home to Ghost Rock Wines and Prickly Mo, the North Coast is also home to one of Tasmania's best whiskey brands, Hellyers Road Distillery, and new to the community, Southern Wild Distillery in the heart of the port city of Devonport.

ART GALLERIES 

Art galleries and entire towns with outdoor art (murals), our region certainly has a good selection.

SWIMMING & SURFING

Here are our top recommended swimming & surfing spots, whether you prefer the beach or swimming pools.

HISTORIC SITES

The North Coast of Tasmania, following Hobart and Launceston, became an important area for early settlers. The North Coast is dotted with historic places to discover.

GARDENS & MAZES

Discover Tasmazia near Sheffield of the Purple House Mazes in Forth. Nearby is the Tasmanian Arboretum and the popular Wychwood Garden.

 

HORSE RIDING & HELICOPTER TOURS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Forth is home to the Purple House Natural Therapies (5-minute drive from Compass Hut) who offer a range of therapies or soak up the Tasmanian Wilderness at the Waldheim Alpine Spa at Cradle Mountain.

NARAWNTAPU NATIONAL PARK

DAY TRIP/ 35 minutes drive from Compass Hut

Easily one of the best destinations on the North Coast, and only a 35-minute drive from Compass Hut! You could easily spend the whole day at this incredible National Park, featuring Tasmanian wildlife (including Forester Kangaroo's), beachscapes, short and long walks. Perfect for swimming and relaxing also.

 

Distance from Compass Hut:     65 minute drive

 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN

DAY TRIP/ 60 minutes drive from Compass Hut

 Our top day-trip recommendation during your stay at Compass Hut is Cradle Mountain, only a 60-minute drive from your accommodation!

Cradle Mountain has long since been one of Tasmania's most loved and iconic travel destinations in the state. The National Park has a range of easy short and full-day walks and other activities. Cradle Mountain is also the start of the internationally renowned Overland Track (see below) - a five to seven-day hike from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair in Tasmania's Central Highlands.

 

The drive from Compass Hat starts in the farmland coast of the Forth Valley region, past the tourist town of Sheffield, then up into the climbing hills of Wilmot into the Central Highlands. It is perhaps the most picturesque and geographically diverse way to get to Cradle Mountain. and it is one of our favourite road-trips to explore Tasmania.  

BASALT ROCKS

SHORT WALK/ 13 minutes drive from Compass Hut

DON HEADS

FOREST WALK

SHORT WALK/ 13 minutes drive from Compass Hut

CHAMPAGNE FALLS

2-HOUR WALK/ 60 minutes drive from Compass Hut

OVERLAND TRACK

MULTI-DAY HIKE/ 60 minutes drive from Compass Hut

Internationally acclaimed as one of the top multi-day walks in Australia, Tasmania is home to the Overland Track; a five to seven-day hike across the Central Highland Plateau. Travellers who have booked in for the experience commence their journey from Cradle Mountain, which is only a sixty-minute drive from Compass Hut. 

Before setting off on your trek, Compass Hut is the perfect place to relax and prepare before your journey, and explore the Forth Valley region.

 

Starting location: Cradle Mountain 

ALUM CLIFFS LOOKOUT

SHORT WALK/ 51 minutes drive from Compass Hut

 

MOUNT ROLAND

DAY HIKE/ 45 minutes drive from Compass Hut

Sitting behind the artistic tourist town of Sheffield (20 minutes drive from Compass Hut), this stunning mountain has two main day hikes for those adventurous travellers visiting the area; Face Track & O'Neills Road Track. Hikers, once up top, will have panoramic views across Bass Strait to the north, Cradle Mountain to the south and more.

Visitors are recommended they will need a good level of fitness and experience, and be well prepared for the hike. Make sure you check the local weather.

HIKE DURATION: 5-6 hours return

HIKE GRADE: Medium - good level of fitness.

 

DON RIVER WALKING/

EXERCISE TRACK.

SHORT WALK/ 5 minutes drive from Compass Hut

 Forming part of Tasmania's early pioneering history, in recent years, the Don River bushland area has been established as walking/recreation space for locals. The Don River Walking Tracks are a great way to explore the natural bush-land of the area. The tracks established through to Devonport's Bluff area are a popular location for walkers, runners and cyclists. Our recommended starting point is at the Don River Railway Station carpark/park. Here you can follow a 3 km circuit through the river bushland, past Devonport's Aquatic Centre and return, or continue further to Devonport's Coles Beach and Bluff Recreation Area/Mersey River.

 

3km Circuit DURATION: 40 minutes return (walking), 25 minutes (running) 

BRADDON'S LOOKOUT

LOOKOUT/ 5 minutes drive from Compass Hut

A great way to get a feel for the Forth Valley region, this lookout gives expansive views across Forth Valley and River, south towards the Central Highlands and west, and further west, up the North-West Coast.

COLES BEACH WALK

SHORT WALK/ 16 minutes drive from Compass Hut

THE BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE WALK

SHORT WALK/ 16 minutes drive from Compass Hut

 

DEVONPORT BLUFF

SHORT WALKS/ 17 minutes drive from Compass Hut

Most popular as a place to hang out with the kids, enjoy the views from the restaurant perched above the beach, a work-out location, or swimming and surfing, this is worth a visit. Walking tracks are also available up to the Mersey Lighthouse, or along the foreshore to Mersey River and Devonport's CBD.

DEVONPORT AQUATIC &

LEISURE CENTRE

AQUATIC CENTRE/ 12 minutes drive from Compass Hut

Recently upgraded, the Splash Devonport Aquatic Centre features both a 50-meter and 25-meter swimming pools, kids pool area, gym, shop, water-slide, and cafe.

TURNERS BEACH

BEACH/ 14 minutes drive from Compass Hut

One of the best swimming beaches on the North-West Coast, this beach is a short fourteen-minute drive from Compass Hut. While you're nearby, visit the local cafes' in the area, just minutes down the road.

 

Fondly called Tasmania's outside art-gallery, this cute country town is full of quirky shops, outside murals and art galleries. Also well-known for its annual painting competition, Mural Fest, which attracts international artists. This is a popular tourist destination and is only a 25-minute drive from Compass Hut.

SHEFFIELD MURALS

ART GALLERIES & MURALS/ 25 minutes drive from Compass Hut

ART GALLERIES

Regional Art Gallery    l    Devonport

Distance from Compass Hut: 14 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 4:45 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 7:30 am - 2 pm

 

TROWUNNA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

TASMANIAN WILDLIFE/ 51 minutes drive from Compass Hut

TASMANIAN WILDLIFE

WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES / PARKS

Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary    l    Mole Creek

Distance from Compass Hut: 51 minutes drive

Open daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Devils @ Cradle    l    Cradle Mountain

Distance from Compass Hut: 68 minutes drive

Open daily: 9:30 am - 10 pm

 

MARAKOOPA CAVE

CAVE TOURS/ 51 minutes drive from Compass Hut

CAVE & CANYON TOURS

Mole Creek Caves    l    Mole Creek

Marakoopa Cave & King Solomons Cave

Distance from Compass Hut: 51 minutes drive

Open daily. See their website for tour times and bookings.

Adults $19, Children $9.50 & under 4 free

Cradle Mountain Canyons    l    Cradle Mountain

Distance from Compass Hut: 65 minutes drive

Open daily: 8 am - 7 pm

TOURS

 

Cradle Country Adventures   l    Horse Riding

Narawntapu National Park & Cradle Mountain

Distance from Compass Hut: 38 minutes drive/ 65 minutes

Open daily: 9 am - 7 pm

Cradle Mountain Helicopters   l    Helicopter tours

Cradle Mountain

Distance from Compass Hut: 65 minutes drive

GARDENS & MAZES

 

Tasmanian Arboretum

Distance from Compass Hut: 3 minutes drive

Open daily: 9 am - 8 pm

Purple House Mazes   l   Forth

Distance from Compass Hut: 5 minutes drive

Via Purple House Wellness Centre.

Tasmazia & The Villages of Lower Crackpot (Cafe & Gift Shop)   l   Sheffield

Distance from Compass Hut: 28 minutes drive

Open daily: 9 am - 4 pm

Wychwood Garden    l   Mole Creek

Distance from Compass Hut: 45 minutes drive

STANLEY

SHORT WALKS & HISTORIC SITES/ 

1hour: 35 minutes drive from Compass Hut

 

HIGHFIELD HISTORIC SITE

HISTORIC SITE/ 1hour: 35 minutes drive from Compass Hut

 

WELLNESS

Purple House Natural Therapies

Distance from Compass Hut: 5 minutes drive

Open weekdays (closed weekends): 9 am - 5 pm

Waldheim Alpine Spa   l   Cradle Mountain

Distance from Compass Hut: 68 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 8 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 8 am - 10 pm

 

VINEYARDS & DISTILLERIES

VINEYARDS

Ghost Rock Wines    l    Restaurant & Cellar Door

Distance from Compass Hut: 22 minutes drive

Open daily. 11 am - 5 pm

La Villa Wines      

Distance from Compass Hut: 11 minutes drive

Monday - Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday - Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm

WHISKEY & GIN

Southern Wild Distillery    l    Devonport

Distance from Compass Hut: 14 minutes drive

Monday - Thursday: 12 noon - 6 pm

Friday - Saturday: 12 noon - 10 pm

Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Hellyers Road Distillery    l    Burnie

Distance from Compass Hut: 34 minutes drive

Open daily: 10 am - 4:30 pm

 

EATING & DRINKING   l   GUIDE

FOR THE FOODIE TRAVELLERS

CHOCOLATE & SWEETS

House of Anvers Chocolate Factory & Cafe/Restaurant 

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Open daily: 7 am - 5 pm

Tasmania Silk Fudge & Coffee Bar (Latrobe)

Distance from Compass Hut: 17 minutes drive.

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

ICECREAM

Van Diemen’s Land Creamy

Distance from Compass Hut: 39 minutes drive

Open daily: 10 am - 5 pm

HONEY

Melita Honey Farm

Distance from Compass Hut: 52 minutes drive

Saturday: Closed

Sunday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

CHEESE

Ashgrove Cheese

Distance from Compass Hut: 35 minutes drive

Open daily: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

BERRY FARMS/ CAFES

The Berry Patch - Turners Beach

Distance from Compass Hut: 12 minutes drive

Open daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe

Distance from Compass Hut: 39 minutes drive

Open daily: 7 am - 5 pm

 

Cherry Shed Cafe & Gift Shop

Distance from Compass Hut: 17 minutes drive

Open daily: 8:30 am - 4 pm

TOP PLACES FOR BREAKFAST & LUNCH

Within 15 minutes drive from Compass Hut

DEVONPORT

Drift

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Monday - Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm

Wednesday - Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10 am - 10 pm (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Saturday: 8 am - 10pm (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Sunday: 8 am - 4 pm

Zest Cafe & Bakehouse

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 7 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm

Laneway

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 5 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 6:30 am - 4 pm

Banjo's Bakery Cafe

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 6 am - 6 pm

JUST OUTSIDE OF DEVONPORT

The Berry Patch - Turners Beach

Distance from Compass Hut: 12 minutes drive

Open daily: 9 am - 5 pm

La Mar's Cafe Providore

Distance from Compass Hut: 14 minutes drive

Monday - Saturday: 7 am - 4 pm

Sunday: 8:30 am - 4 pm

House of Anvers Chocolate Factory & Cafe/Restaurant 

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Open daily: 7 am - 5 pm

Tasmanian Food & Wine Conservatory 

A little further, but worth it!

Distance from Compass Hut: 28 minutes drive

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Sunday: 8 am - 4 pm

TOP PLACES FOR DINNER (RESTAURANTS)

Within 15 minutes drive from Compass Hut

DEVONPORT

Verona Restaurant & Bar

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 10pm

Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm

Sunday: Closed

Central Bar & Restaurant

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 10 pm

Thursday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 12 am

Sunday - Monday: 10 am - 10 pm

China Garden Chinese Restaurant

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Open daily: 11:30 am - 2 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm

Mrs Jones

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Monday - Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday - Sunday: 12 noon - 10 pm

Drift

(Friday & Saturday evenings)

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Monday - Tuesday: 10 am - 4 pm

Wednesday - Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10 am - 10 pm (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Saturday: 8 am - 10pm (Breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Sunday: 8 am - 4 pm

FINE DINING

Mrs Jones

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Monday - Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday - Sunday: 12 noon - 10 pm

Charlotte Jack

Distance from Compass Hut: 15 minutes drive

Monday - Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday - Sunday: 5:30 pm - 12 am

QUICK TAKE-OUTS

Devonport

Bento Box.   Turkish Delight.   Subway.   China Garden Chinese Restaurant.   Dominos.   Burger Got Soul.   Noodle Box.   McDonald's.   KFC.   Hungry Jacks.   

BEST COFFEE SPOTS CAFES

Within 15 minutes drive from Compass Hut

JUST OUTSIDE OF DEVONPORT

The Berry Patch - Turners Beach

Distance from Compass Hut: 12 minutes drive

Open daily: 9 am - 5 pm

La Mar's Cafe Providore

Distance from Compass Hut: 14 minutes drive

Monday - Saturday: 7 am - 4 pm

Sunday: 8:30 am - 4 pm

Alchemy Cafe

Distance from Compass Hut: 5 minutes drive

Open weekdays (closed weekends):

9 am - 3:30 pm

DEVONPORT

Laneway

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 5 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 6:30 am - 4 pm

Fundamental Espresso

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 6 am - 2 pm

Saturday: 7 am - 1 pm

Sunday: Closed

Hill Street Grocer Cafe

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Monday - Sunday: 8 am - 3 pm

Banjo's Bakery Cafe

Distance from Compass Hut: 13 minutes drive

Monday - Friday: 6 am - 6 pm