Soon, the will be a new reason to extend your stay in Smithton, Tasmania, with a brand new farm-gate Visitor Centre opening up January 26 at the Duck River Meadows Dairy. Guests will have the opportunity to book dairy and cheesemaker tours onsite and learn all about the workings of a commercial dairy farm.
Three years in the making, the new Visitor Centre will cast a spotlight on Smithton’s many other attractions, which include an art collective shop-front, local oyster industry and sealed access to the glorious Tarkine rainforest.
NEW FARM-GATE CENTRE!
The new Visitor Centre marks a change in direction for the Duck River Meadow Dairy which previously ran tours on request. The dairy now plans to run tours at set times welcoming guests at the door. Visitors will learn about the local history, all things dairy and sample local honey, oysters and cheese, of course!
The milking shed is a tour highlight: “We have 120,000 cattle,” says Paul Arnold, Principal, Duck River Meadow Dairy.
“We also have the Cheesemaking Tour, where you can see how the cheese is made.”
“As the cheesemaker work behind glass, he talks about the cheeses he is working on through Wi-Fi,” says Paul.
All tastings on offer are prepared and sourced from local regions celebrating the vibrant farm culture of the Tasmania’s North West region, with local honey, rainwater and beef forming part of the offering.
The new visitor centre at Duck River Meadow Dairy nearing completion, December 2021.
OYSTERS A PLENTY
Love oysters? You’ll likely learn a thing or two at the Tarkine Fresh Oysters cafe and retail outlet. Where knowledgeable staff while sampling restaurant-quality locally-harvested oysters in a relaxed seaside setting.
ARTY DUCK ORIGINALS
If you’re a lover of locally made, expect some incredible spoils at the Arty Duck in town. It’s an easy, relaxing way to chat with artisans and browse and buy unique gifts that truly benefit the maker. The volunteers-run co-op is a store-front for 26 artists and craftspeople.
Smithton is the last town offering powered camping before reaching the Tarkine treasures unique to Tassie’s north-west. The sealed main road provides access to pleasing attractions with Arthur River views and a gorgeous walk to Trowutta Arch among the highlights, though you may need a 4WD to access some of the major attractions.
Caravanners will find near town at River Breeze Caravan and Cabin Park. Enjoy garden views, recently refurbished amenities in walking distance to golf and bowls.