Receding oceans on Tassie’s northern coast reveal rippled layers of leaves and debris frozen in time, at Fossil Bluff just five minutes from the holiday-town of Wynyard.
It’s just one of the many surprises awaiting travellers to this laid-back coastal community–including an awesome collection of veteran cars, coloured rows of bright tulips, a distillery nearby plus Tarkine forest a little more than half an hour away!
The abundant fossils are within easy reach at a beautiful beach that offers picnic tables and an open cave system and jade-coloured waters teeming with sea-life. Stop in at the visitor centre first for Looking for Fossils that’s fabulous and free.
Timber spokes, brilliant brass and lacquered veneer hark back to yesteryear in the Ransley Veteran Car Collection comprising more than 14 cars pre-dating 1919. Less than $10 gets you into this world-class collection, the Wonders of Wynyard, lovingly restored by speed-boat record holder Francis Ransley.
Table Cape, west of Wynyard, bursts with colour, as lines upon lines of tulips, dutch iris and liliums spring from the volcanic soil of Table Cape between early to mid-spring. The community celebrates with the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival annually. Road-side it’s quite the picture with Table Cape Lighthouse (tours available) standing serene.
Check out the Hellyers Road Whisky Distillery (book ahead for tours). Or warm up instead with a walk through old growth forest within the Tarkine forest a little more than half an hour away.