Destination: West Coast
On Tasmania’s west coast you’ll find world famous wilderness rich in convict heritage, stunning national parks and historic mining towns.
Gateway to Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, its rugged mountains, ancient rain forests and heath make Tasmania’s west one of Australia’s last true wilderness frontiers. Yet, despite its remoteness, it’s easy and safe to visit and travellers can still enjoy the best of Tasmania’s quality accommodation and fine dining.
Tasmania’s west is often remembered for the conflict between forestry workers and environmentalists to save the flooding of Lake Pedder, and once you visit you’ll get an idea of what the protest was all about.
The largest coastal town is Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour and close to Sarah Island – one of the harshest penal colony settlements in Australia.
The inland population centres of Queenstown and the smaller towns of Zeehan, Tullah and Rosebery are rich in mining history and are all within a short distance of magnificent lakes, rivers, rainforests, giant sand dunes and historic sites.
There are so many ways to experience Tasmania’s west, from wild forest adventures to luxury cruises on crystal clear waterways or simply by car.
Visitors can experience this world heritage wilderness by driving for around 60 km along the Lyell Highway between Derwent Bridge and Lake Burbury. Bordering the highway are a series of stunning short walks through rainforest with views into the rugged mountain ranges of Tasmania’s west. Keep an eye out for signs to Donaghys Lookout, the Franklin River Nature Trail and the Nelson Falls Nature Trail – all highly recommended.