This scenic drive can be as short or long as you want, the area being very pretty, with lots of waterfalls, scenic walks and lookouts.
We didn't do all of them, will have to go back as they look good.
From Stanley, we headed to Smithton, then turned right into the road that said to Roger River, continuing to Kanunnah Bridge and Sumac Lookout.
The Sumac Lookout overlooks the Arthur river. We continued on to Milkshakes reserve, here were colossal Tree Ferns, they certainly grow huge in Tasmania.
The loop is 60ks and its 20ks to Smithton, then a little extra to Stanley. Also on this loop are Dempster Lookout, Beckett Falls, Julius River forest reserve, Celery top pine nature trail and Trowutta arch.
We didn't get to see these, will have to come back and have a look on another visit to this beautiful area.
We left Strahan and headed to Stanley for our next stay.
On the way, you pass through quite a few small towns, this is the west coast, so there is a lot of wilderness.
Our 1st stop was Murchison Dam, nice and calm, lovely reflections.
Lake Roseberry the same, pretty.
Zeehan, was one of the 1st places to be seen by Europeans, with Abel Tasman noticing it in 1642. The Gaiety Theatre is at Zeehan. Built in 1898, it hosted international entertainers, including HARRY HOUDINI.
At one stage, this was the largest concert hall in Australia, hard to imagine this when you visit here.
Tullah, and there is a little railway called the Wee Georgie Wood. Until the Murchison Highway was built in 1962, the only way to Tullah was by rail, now, a lot of rail lies under the water of the Dams.
I think this would be a good one for children. We did it and wouldn't recommend it for adults.
Waratah - At this small town, there is a waterfall located in the middle. It once had the world"s largest tin mine. Quite isolated, a road wasn't pushed through to the town until 1963.
These towns are mining towns, a lot have had boom times. We passed a large tin mine.
A sealed road takes you 28kms to the falls from the Highway near Stanley.
These falls are unusual, as the rock is hexagonal balsat columns, formed from the cooling of volcanic rock.
There is a viewing platform across the bridge, or you can walk to the bottom.
1km from here, is the Big Tree, which has a boardwalk all the way around its base. The Tree is 400years old.
Boat Harbour is a little seaside village of about 400 people. Its located on the side of a hill overlooking the sandy white beach in a little cove.
Its a pretty little spot, where you can go surfing (board hire available) rock pools at low tide, and you can go skin diving offshore.
It's located 15k's from Wynyard on the Stanley side.
Hellyer Gorge is on the road from Burnie to Waratah, which continues onto Strahan. This is an area of beautiful rainforest, at one stage, the trees form a canopy over the road.
In 2009 the road will be closed for the "targa car race"
Located at 335 Hardings road, Mella, Smithton, this dairy is home to over 500 cows, which you can see being milked on a rotary turnstile on Summer and Autumn afternoons.
They also have their own cheese which you can try.