North by north-west ... sunlight filters to the forest floor in the Tarkine.

Old growth, new life

Leisa Tyler walks in the vast Tarkine wilderness in the state's north-west, among some of the oldest forests on earth.

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Andy Campbell at Shipstern Bluff.

Southern breaks

Armed with surfboard and wetsuit, Sam Vincent surveys the island state’s perfect waves.

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Nant whisky distillery at Bothwell, Tasmania.

Let's start at the bottom

Tasmania is more than its most popular attractions. Winsor Dobbin reports on some of the island's undiscovered gems.

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Ulverstone

Ulverstone
Substantial and important tourist destination on the North Coast.
Located 19 km west of Devonport and 125 km north west of Launceston, Ulverstone is a major tourist destination on the mouth of the Leven River. The area was largely overlooked by early Tasmanian settlers. It wasn't until 1840 that James Fenton settled in the area. His early attempts to farm the marshy land to the west of the Forth River (to the east of modern day Ulverstone) were fraught with problems. The soil was saline and substandard. He eventually moved to higher ground and was moderately successful remaining in the area until 1879 when he retired to Launceston.

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Good to graze ... cattle farms meet the sea, and "the Nut" cliff formation.

Graze until the cows come home

As the courses keep coming, so do the stories behind them, turning a slow-food lunch into a gastronomic adventure, writes Lucy Barbour.

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