About The Area


Circular Head is located in Tasmania’s far north/west. The main township for the municipality is Smithton with the seaside village of Stanley the second largest town. The area is also serviced with numerous other townships located throughout the district.

Smithton is an approx. one hour drive west of Burnie and is placed alongside the Duck River. The historic seaside village of Stanley is dominated by the backdrop of the famous “Nut”. Stanley has some of Tasmania’s oldest buildings with Highfield house overlooking the township from the top of Greenhills. Miles of coatlines offers all kinds of activities from fishing, beach activities or just sitting back and relaxing on. The wild West Coast is excellent to escape from it all and feel as one with nature. The beauty of the Arthur River and the rolling surf is a true experience. There is also large Forestry Reserves to explore whilst being on the edge of the famous Tarkine area.

Circular Head and the North/West of Tasmania is a truly special place. Betty and her team would be more than happy to show you how you too can be part of this special place.


Smithton is the population and business hub of the far North West of Tasmania, boasting services and locational advantages that are the envy of other Tasmanian regional centres of comparable population size.

Nestled on the edge of Duck Bay, most of Smithton’s residential aspects enjoy a gradual elevating terrain from the shores of the Duck River towards hilltop positions, giving plenty of opportunity for an affordable lifestyle with impressive rural and water views.

A modern regional hospital, a medical centre manned by four residential doctors, a private dental clinic, two chemists, qualified alternate health care services and regional ambulance and police headquarters are just some of the essential services that Smithton offers. There is a total of five Public and Private schools, Tafe or Adult Education to choose from, a host of modern sporting facilities for both adults and kids, an indoor seasonally heated pool, cafes and two hotels, one of which is a regular tourism award winner.

Plenty of choices for fresh produce shopping and a diverse range of quality retail outlets from fashion to hardware, flat screens to health food.

Recognized by official world standards, this region has the cleanest water you can drink! A valuable combination of generous and reliable annual rainfall, fertile soil and rich local coastal waters supply Smithton with a valuable and diverse range of fresh produce and materials. Abalone, oysters, prime beef, potatoes, dairy and timber products are the main resources that are harvested and processed locally for the domestic and overseas market.

Smithton sits on one of Tasmania’s main tourist routes known as the Nature Trail. It is virtually at the edge of the developing Tarkine wilderness region and is surrounded by a unique and diverse range of natural assets. Long pristine Bass Straight beaches: wild rivers, waterfalls and rainforest; roaring west coast southern ocean beaches within a 45 min drive, or a 10 min drive for a coffee at the popular tourist destination of Stanley that sits at the base of an extinct volcano. The beauty of the region reflects the increasing interest from artists producing work in the area and supporting local galleries.

Smithton is now connected to the high speed National Broadband Network so further opportunities for business, education and leisure have now arrived.