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…”
Spion Kop Lookout
Named after a battle in the Boer War, climb this short but steep walkway to enjoy fantastic 360 degree views of Queenstown. With some mining and heritage exhibits along the way and interpretation information at the top to help you learn the names of key landmarks, Spion Kop can help you truly appreciate Queenstown.
Ever walked through a 100 m long abandoned railway tunnel? Just outside of Zeehan is the Spray Tunnel Loop, an easy one-hour return walk that passes through the Spray Tunnel, a 100 m long abandoned train tunnel that leads to what was the Spray Silver Mine.
Sterling Valley Trail
A technically challenging, raw, but rewarding trail through beautiful myrtle rainforest with spectacular views to the impressive face of Mt Murchison. Ride through dense canopies of trees on the way to the valley floor.