SMITHTON

Smithton is a small coastal encountered when cruising the Circular Cape region. Smithton could be deemed the ‘capitol’. All visitors will invariably visit nearby Stanley and The Nut. Smithton is a sort of new town and there is very little heritage, which is an enigma.

The Smithton area was first explored by Europeans when Bass and Flinders passed along the northern coast of Van Diemen's Land in 1793. By 1825 the area was occupied by the entrepreneurial Van Diemen's Land Co. The Duck River, around which the town has grown, was explored in 1826 but the river banks weren't settled until the 1850s. It was shortly afterwards that the town's prosperity was given a major injection by the Victorian goldrushes. Local produce, particularly timber, was shipped across Bass Strait to meet the huge demands of the miners who were pouring on to the goldfields.

Smithton has a rich sporting and social culture, and the region is noted for its natural beauty.

The economy of Smithton is agriculture based, consisting primarily of beef and dairy farming. Other major industries that contribute to the local economy are fishing, aquaculture, crop farming, timber plantations and tourism; the old butter factory being the centrepiece.

Smithton has thrived in recent years, despite its remote location compared to the major cities, towns and highways.

The education community consists of a Catholic Independent, a Christian School and Government schools. St Peter Chanel is the local Catholic constituency.

The National Broadband Network ran a trial rollout in Smithton, with the first customers connected in July 2010. Here is another loopy 'experiment'

The Smithton War Memorial is a very worthy acknowledgement. The town should be proud of this cenotaph.

The Congregational Churches are a mix of old and new. The Anglican will be of interest.

There is only the Bridge Hotel and is the single pub in Smithton. The Club is the other watering hole.

The Smithton Museum is a block removed from the main strip.

When visiting Stanley take the time to visit Smithton. This is an ‘interesting’ place.

 

  Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course