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Tarkine Forest Adventures - Dismal Swamp
Dismal Swamp is the largest sinkhole of its kind in Australia. Reach the Blackwood forest floor and walkway by walking down or taking the 110m slide. Located 32km from Smithton in the far North West and a 90 minute (116km) drive from Burnie.
The 624 hectare sinkhole is like another world, with the boardwalk wending through the forest, guiding you to natural beauty as well as artworks created by several well-known Tasmanian artists. The artworks were created by the artists after they visited and were inspired by Dismal Swamp, prior to the building of the boardwalk.
Interpretative signs help visitors in understanding this ancient environment which has been formed by dissolving dolomite. The steep sides have formed a barrier to invasive weeds and feral pests resulting in a largely untouched landscape. It is home to some rare birds and the little known burrowing crayfish.
There are guided tours, covering 3.5km or 1.5km which can be incorporated with lunch or afternoon tea. A special 'Dismal by Night' takes place on Wednesday nights at 8pm subject to sufficient bookings. Bookings are essential.
The Visitor Centre and restaurant perch at the top of the sinkhole where you can view the forest from a cantilevered walkway, suspended over the treetops. Enjoy dining in the licensed restaurant which is also available for special functions and events, as well as traditional Christmas luncheon or dinner. Lunch boxes can be prepared by the restaurant for you to take on your exploration of Dismal Swamp.
There is a forest interpretation area where you can learn more about this unique environment and history of the area. The gift shop has a fine range of Tasmanian-made products.
Coach and caravan parking available.
The entrance fee incorporates access to the walking trails and 2 slides per eligible person (Sliders must be 8 years and 90cm tall).
Opening Hours: 10am- 4pm, 7 days a week
September to May
Closed Christmas Day and during hazardous weather