Heritage Experience

Discover a different history

You know Tasmania but you don't know this place.
This place has shaped us.
Taught us...dared us...to take on the impossible.

Lose yourself in our stories with a bespoke West Coast Heritage Experience package that includes your choice of quality, heritage accommodation in Strahan or Queenstown, a three hour guided tour exploring abandoned mines and ancient rainforest, entry into our museums and heritage centres in Zeehan, Strahan and Queenstown, and tickets to see Australia's longest running play.

This Experience is a minimum two night stay but we recommend allowing three nights/four days to really start understanding what makes the West Coast....well, the West Coast.   

Museums & Exhibitions

West Coast Heritage Centre, Zeehan

Seven hectares of exhibits within the original Zeehan School of Mines and Metallurgy and including the famed Gaiety Theatre. Featuring one of the best mineral collections in the world and exhibitions dedicated to all West Coast towns, mining and locomotive displays and a gallery dedicated to pioneer women.

Entry is included in the Heritage Experience, along with a 20% discount on gift store purchases.

Galley Museum, Queenstown

Housed in the Imperial Hotel, this Museum in a Pub, offers a unique collection telling stories of survival, endurance and sacrifice.  Open seven days a week you'll be amazed at what you'll find at the Galley - it won't take long to learn Queenstown is much more than a mining town. 

Heritage Experience pass holders receive entry to the Galley.

West Coast Reflections Exhibition, Strahan

Wander through an inside rainforest learning stories of indigenous peoples, convicts and brave piners - and the infamous Franklin Dam dispute.  The exhibition was created from contributions by architects, writers, woodturners, gardeners and historians.

Heritage Experience pass holders receive entry to the exhibition.


Lost Mines-Ancient Pines, Queenstown

A three hour guided tour from RoamWild that will see you stand amongst thousand-year old pines, explore underground pioneer mines, discover mine site relics amongst the forest - and a chance to mine your own ore samples. 

Moderate fitness required - with an underground miners morning crib break included in the tour


The Ship That Never Was

Australia's longest-running play, telling the dramatic and hilarious true story about the last Great Escape from the convict settlement at Sarah Island.

Performances will be held Thursday-Sunday until 20 September, then daily from 22 September to 11 October, with an updated schedule for summer to be announced.


During your West Coast stay you may choose to add these free heritage activities to your itinerary:

Marion Sticht Necklace

A momento of a bygone era, this charm necklace was a gift by Mt Lyell Mine Manager Robert Sticht to his wife Marion.  An important illustration of West Coast stories - each indivdual charm with its own tale. The necklace is displayed at the Queenstown Library, within the West Coast Community Services Hub.

Queenstown Recreation Ground 

Our footy players play on a gravel oval, not grass. It’s not for the faint of heart. Built in 1895 the ground has been called the most infamous and feared football field in Australia.  The “Gravel” was inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Free souvenirs for the ‘away’ team include skinned knees and gravel scars. Spend a few minutes walking on the gravel, dreaming of being "West Coast Tough".

Spray Tunnel, Zeehan

Ever walked through a 100 m long abandoned railway tunnel? An easy one-hour return walk that passes through the Spray Tunnel, a 100 m long abandoned train tunnel careved through a hill to move ore, at what was the Spray Silver Mine.

Historic Foreshore Walk, Strahan

Take a leisurely stroll around the historic foreshore walk reading the historic information pillars along the way. The walk commences at West Strahan Beach and finishes at Regatta Point Station.  Take a camera, there'll be plenty of opportunties for photos.

West Coast Reflections Exhibition

West Coast Reflections Exhibition

Accommodation Options

Penghana Bed & Breakfast, Queenstown

Built in 1898 for the General Manager of the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company, Penghana sits proudly overlooking Queenstown.  Home to mine managers and their families until 1995, each room in Penghana has it's own story to tell.

Now a hosted bed and breakfast, all rooms have private ensuite bathrooms - or you may choose to stay in the self-contained Hanna's Place or Studio Apartment.

Price per night ranges from $100-$225 for 2 adults.  Families are catered for also, with options for up to 4 children starting at $200 per night for 2 adults and 2 children.

Guests staying as part of the Heritage Experience will be served an afternoon treat on fine China in the comfortable guest lounge.

Kerrellie Cottages, Strahan

Built circa 1880, the Police Superintendant's Cottage is the original Strahan Superintendant's cottage before also serving as a lock-up and courthouse. Today the Cottage can house up to four adults, or 2 adults and 2 children. The Federation-style Sir John Cottage was built circa 1893 and is perfect for 2 adults.

The cottages are self-contained, with price per night ranging from $180-$245 for 2 adults, with 2 adults and 2 children at $335 per night.

Harrison House, Strahan

Built circa 1899 this traditional guest house will see you relax amongst the acre of gardens, with boutique-style king rooms with private ensuite bathrooms.

Price per night is $230 for 1 or 2 adults. Guests staying as part of the Heritage Experience will receive a cooked breakfast.

McIntosh Cottages, Strahan

Built in 1898 as the home of the McIntosh family, the property have been restored as one or two bedroom cottages offering the warmth of wood fires and self-contained convienience.

Price per night ranges from $160 for 2 adults or $180 for 4 adults.  Families are catered for also, with 2 adults and 2 children at $180 per night.

Guests staying as part of the Heritage Experience will be provided with breakfast provisions of fresh eggs, milk, bread and cereal.


Include some optional add-ons and extend your stay with more of our world-class heritage options:

West Coast Wilderness Railway

Step back in history and journey through pristine wilderness onboard a heritage train, learning tales of West Coast resilience and ingenuity. There are several journeys to select from, with Queenstown departures resuming from 22 September.  

Cruise through World Heritage Wilderness

Cruise in comfort on board world-class cruise boards whilst exploring Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River.  Learn about the fight to save the wilderness, convict life at Sarah Island, see lighthouses, wander on short walking tours and marvel at Hell's Gates.

Cruises depart Strahan from 8.30am with several cruise options available.

We have a different history.  And we're ready to share it.

A heritage experience like no other - starting from $482 for two adults/2 nights, packages can be tailored to your needs.  The package inlcudes plenty to keep children engaged - and adults relaxed.  We're nothing if not flexible on the West Coast.

BOOK YOUR heritage experience

email tourism@westcoast.tas.gov.au or call 6472 6800.