Since 1982 THE Tasmanian Wilderness National Park has been included as a World Heritage listing
The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is made up of a number of different national parks, and other reserves.
Three of these parks are located within the West Coast of Tasmania: Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park to the North, Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in the heart of the West Coast and the South West National Park in the South.
Here you’ll find (if you’re lucky) plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world, the most unspoiled temperate rainforest in Australia and magnificent mountain beauty.
The World Heritage listing also includes the Macquarie Harbour Historic site of Sarah Island, one of Tasmania’s earliest penal settlements.
How’s that for diversity?
Despite the listing, people can still access our wilderness.
With this access comes a responsibility to respect the unspoilt environment and ensure the cultural and heritage values which saw the area listed is not destroyed.
The West Coast’s natural, distinctive beauty has evolved over millennia..
That’s almost a million hectares of pristine habitat considered to be of global significance due to its natures and cultural features. Right here. In our backyard.
What can we say?
The West has always punched above its weight.
A small coastal community, with few permanent residents, Trial Harbour was the port of Zeehan, serving an important role in the development of the mining industry in the area.
OOnah Hill Trail
The first purpose-built MTB trail on the West Coast, providing a mountain bike experience not found elsewhere in Tasmania.
Lake Burbury is a popular fishing lake on the edge of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area. A 20-minute drive east of Queenstown. Facilities include toilets, picnic, barbecue facilities, along with boat launching facilities. A caretaker lives on site.