The West Coast is the gateway to Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, one of Australia’s last true wilderness frontiers.
In Tasmania’s west are some of the world’s most beautiful and unforgettable natural wonders. With its rugged mountains, ancient rain forests and heath, the Tasmanian wilderness is a place of spectacular beauty and breathtaking scenery. Yet, despite its remoteness, visitors can still enjoy the best of Tasmania’s quality accommodation and fine dining.
The largest coastal town is Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour and close to Sarah Island – once the harshest penal colony settlements in Australia.
The inland population centres of Queenstown, the largest town in Tasmania’s West, and the smaller towns of Zeehan, Tullah and Rosebery are rich in mining history and all within a short distance of magnificent lakes, rivers, rainforests, massive sand dunes and historic sites.
Although much of Tasmania’s wilderness is remote and inaccessible, visitors can still experience its wonders by driving 60 km along the Lyell Highway between Derwent Bridge and Lake Burbury. Bordering the highway along this stretch of road are several stunning short walks through rainforest including Donaghys Lookout, Franklin River Nature Trail and Nelson Falls Nature Trail.
With world heritage wilderness rich in convict history, temperate rainforests, stunning national parks and historic mining towns, Tasmania’s West is a journey of discovery.