The Cradle Coast region combines, in a relatively small area, a high diversity of bioregions, dramatic mountain and coastal scenery, an extensive conservation estate, sound populations of elsewhere-threatened species and key biodiversity areas pivotal to the survival of migratory birds.

These environmental values are recognised as being of international significance, and they also support The Cradle Coast Region’s essentially nature-based tourism product which attracts domestic and international visitors.

The region’s highly fertile soils support profitable cropping, dairy and beef sectors, and there is a rapidly growing aquaculture sector to complement the wild fishery. Primary production and supporting industries are the livelihood of large sections of the regional community.


The Cradle Coast region is renowned for its unique and diverse environment, pristine wilderness, rugged mountains, extensive forests, untouched coastlines, old mining towns and productive agricultural landscapes (not to mention the cleanest air in the world). The iconic Cradle Mountain and the Franklin and Gordon Rivers are part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area within the Cradle Coast region.


The Cradle Coast region is remarkably diverse, including 2,640 km of coastline and adjacent coastal waters, and covering 22,520 square kilometres of land—approximately one-third of Tasmania.  The Cradle Coast Region is known for its outstanding natural values, in particular its rugged coastlines and untouched wilderness areas.


We aim to protect and maintain or improve our rivers, wetlands and groundwater environments by ensuring a sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social values.


Our goal is to protect maintain or improve our coastal, estuarine, and marine environments by ensuring a sustainable balance between economic, environmental and social values. We do this in partnership with key stakeholder organisations to 

decrease key threats to coastal and waterway environments.


Located on King Island, the Ramsar Wetland listed Lavinia Nature Reserve is one of the few largely unaltered areas of this remote island and contains much of the island’s remaining native vegetation.  Wetlands within the reserve such as the Sea Elephant Estuary remain critical for threatened species such as the nationally endangered Orange-bellied Parrot which currently has a total population of 100-200 birds.  The area is also significant as a breeding zone for the JAMBA listed Short-tailed Shearwater.


At the Cradle Coast we aim to build people’s capacity for Natural Resource Management through a variety of programs, initiatives and relationship building partnerships. We invite and encourage the community to engage in maintaining and developing our precious Cradle Coast environment.


Our goal is to conserve and protect species and ecosystems of the Cradle Coast, and primarily focusing on plants, animals and waterways. We do this by partnering with a large range of stakeholders and the community to deliver a suite of environmental and conservation projects throughout the region.


The fertile North West Coast is one of the most important agricultural regions in Tasmania, especially for vegetable and dairy production.  

A diverse region

As a region, our goal is to have proactive, vibrant communities who protect and advocate environmental, social and economic progress for a sustainable and bright future for our region. Through education, programs, projects and community engagement, we equip the region’s population and key stakeholders with knowledge and tools in order to achieve our vision. We also carefully balance the farming of our region and celebrate the success of its production.

    • 64.7% of the state’s vegetable production 64.7% 64.7%
    • 59.6% of the state’s milk production 59.6% 59.6%
    • 55.1% of the state’s beef cattle production 55.1% 55.1%

    hectares of Tarkine Wilderness Area

    year heritage of the Tarkiner people

    people engaged in environmental community groups

    organisations involved in Macquarie harbour clean-up


    To develop and maintain a healthy region, the environment, society and economy must all be in good condition and work together. Healthy regions rely on us managing and using our natural resources wisely.


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