Our major forests
and forest attractions

Map of Tasmania indicating forests and related attractions

1. Meander & Liffey Forest Reserves

Located a short drive away from Deloraine, these World Heritage Areas are ideal for a short or long walk in magnificent forests under the Great Western Tiers. Both areas provide excellent picnic areas and photo opportunities abound to the sound of rushing water. Meander has many day walks so come prepared, while Liffey has shorter walks. For those who want the best views in the state (after a hard climb) try the Quamby Bluff Forest Reserve located close to Liffey on the Lake Highway.

2. Mt Victoria Forest Reserve

After visiting Scottsdale head out past Ringarooma. Travel up a narrow hand hewn track to the car park under Mt Victoria. A short walk through majestic old myrtles brings you to the Ralph Falls lookout. Continue on the track through mossy glades to see Cash’s Gorge before returning to your car. The road continues from here to Pyengana and the St Columba Falls.

3. Forest EcoCentre

The centre is one of the most awarded buildings in Australia, having received numerous industry accolades for sustainable design, construction and tourism. The centre also incorporates a Tasmanian Visitor Information Network outlet staffed by friendly volunteers, who can provide all the local knowledge needed to make your stay in the region enjoyable. The Forest EcoCentre is located at 88 King Street, Scottsdale in North East Tasmania, approximately one hour’s drive east of Launceston on the A3. The centre is open seven days a week and admission is free.

4. Fingal Forests

Located in the hills north of Fingal, these forests are used for timber cutting. The main attraction is Evercreech Forest Reserve - home to the ‘White Knights’, the tallest white gums in the world. Mathinna Falls nearby is well worth a visit and Griffin Camping Area provide great freshwater fishing and camping opportunities, while Scamander Forest Reserve is most popular for tidal river fishing and boating.

5. Wielangta Road Forest Drive

This drive provides an alternative route between the East Coast and Tasman Peninsula. It allows visitors to drive through the Wielangta State Forest. A second walk passes the remnants of Wielangta - a once thriving sawmilling town. The Thumbs Lookout, located at the northern end of the drive, provides spectacular views of the East Coast and Maria Island.

6. Arve Road Forest Drive

This sealed road takes you into the heart of the Southern Forests through some of Tasmania’s richest wet eucalypt and rainforest. The Forest and Heritage Centre in Geeveston provides an insight into the region’s heritage. The drive ends at Tahune Forest Reserve on the Huon River. Here you can view huon pines along the river bank, or walk amongst the tree tops on the Tahune Forest AirWalk. The Visitor Centre provides meals, souvenirs, etc.

7. Tahune AirWalk

The spectacular 597 metre long tree top walk offers visitors a birds eye view of the forest canopy, culminating in a 24 metre long cantilever that overlooks the confluence of the mighty Huon and Picton rivers. The AirWalk also offers a range of other activities, such as cable hang gliding, abseiling and rafting, not to mention a wide variety of tranquil forest walks. The visitor centre, specialising in the Huon Valley's famous produce, is the ideal place to stop for lunch. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy their own picnic lunch in the forest reserve.

The Tahune AirWalk is located 70 minutes south of Hobart, via a scenic drive through the Huon Valley, and is open seven days a week.

8. South Arthur Forest Drive

This drive allows easy access to the northern fringe of the great forests covering the State’s north-west corner. Close by is Lake Chisholm, a beautiful flooded sinkhole with picture perfect reflections. With visitor facilities set amongst tall eucalypts towering above young rainforest, Milkshake Hills is one of the most popular picnic areas in the north-west.

9. Dismal Swamp

Experience the intriguing surrounds of a dense blackwood forest at Dismal Swamp. Visitors to Dismal Swamp discover the ancient landscape of a massive sinkhole, created over the millennia by the slow dissolution of the dolomite bedrock by water. Maze-like paths meander across the floor of the sinkhole, providing plenty of opportunities to contemplate the mysteries of the forest. For the truly adventurous, the swamp floor can be accessed by a 110 metre long, spiralling slide, on which riders can reach speeds of up to 45 kilometres an hour. Dismal Swamp also incorporates a restaurant and retail outlet, both with a special emphasis on local produce and craftmanship. Dismal Swamp is located on the Bass Highway, 30 minutes drive south west of Smithton in North West Tasmania, and is open seven days a week.

Admission is $20.00 adults, $10.00 children or $45 for a family. Children must be over 8 years in age and of a height exceeding 90cm to ride the slide.