Weather is a big talking point on the West Coast.
We have four distinct seasons – often in a single day – and the weather will make itself known to you.
Bring your hat and sunscreen. But also bring a raincoat. It’s an experience.
Summer is consistently 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. We have stunningly warm days, with the sun burning warmer here than “on the mainland”.
Perfect for fishing, a day at the lake or beach, walks and exploring.
On the West Coast you’ll be near temperate rainforests and the sea. As a result, the West Coast area is the wettest region in Tasmania.
Winter is the perfect time to experience the area. Wander through the pristine wilderness (with sturdy boots), smell the fresh air and listen to the sound of waterfalls.
Or head indoors and immerse yourself in our museums and galleries, warming up in our cafes and restaurants whilst enjoying snow-capped mountain views.
Amongst all this wild, you’ll still find a sense of calm.
A stillness on the lake, a bird perched in a tree and a friendly smile from a local happy to say “Welcome to the rainforest…. don’t complain about the rain…”
Iron Blow Lookout
The Iron Blow is the site of the earliest major mining venture at Mount Lyell, back in 1883. The lookout gives a vertigo-inducing view of a landscape scarred by historical mining activity. Walk out onto a cantilevered lookout offering fantastic views over the former open cut mine and the Linda Valley.
Henty Sand Dunes
A series of giant dunes formed by the Roaring Forties are great to explore. The dunes are around 30m high, reaching several kilometres inland and extending 15 km along the coast. From the picnic area it's an easy 1.5 hr return walk through the dunes to Ocean Beach.
A short, 30m walk from the road will take you to a purpose-built lookout where you can witness Stitt Falls flowing. Dogs are welcome if kept on a leash and please supervise children as there is flowing water.