RUGGED MOUNTAINS AND ANCIENT RAINFORESTS MAKE THE WEST COAST ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LAST TRUE WILDERNESS FRONTIERS.
Yet, despite the remoteness, it’s easy and safe for people to enjoy. While you’re on the West Coast you’ll never be far from a national park (which also just happen to be a World Heritage Area).
There are loads of ways to experience our national parks, but remember, a Parks Pass is needed. Visiting our parks is a great way to escape convenience and excess. Take the time to look at the plants, animals, lakes, streams and plants.
Breathe in the fresh air.
Even those who aren’t outdoorsy can take in the beauty of the national parks – driving into the West Coast from the South, you’ll be on the Lyell Highway. Here the views out the car window are breathtaking and there’s short walks and picnic facilities along the way.
When visiting our wilderness and remote areas please be considerate of both the environment and other users. Respect wildlife. Dispose of all waste properly.
Despite being in a rainforest the West Coast is often threatened by bushfires. Please use a fuel stove rather than a campfire. This is one instance where “making your own path” isn’t recommended.
We want to ensure our environment remains untouched and in pristine conditions for future generations.
A tip for cyclists – bikes are only allowed on roads open to motorised vehicles so keep off the walking tracks.
There are also only a few recreational vehicle tracks, with some like the Bird River track popular. Be mindful of weather conditions as some tracks are often closed in rough weather.
Queenstown Recreation Ground
In Queenstown, 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.
Kelly Basin Walk
Walk with history down the route of the former railway line to Kelly Basin, where remains of rail bridges and sleepers are reminders of the past. Where once 1000 people lived, today only historic remnants of the former town of Pillinger can be seen amidst lush green mosses and tree ferns.
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.