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.
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.
Imagine standing on a beach, gazing out at the ocean and knowing that the next landfall is South America, over 10,000km away.
Franklin River Nature Trail
Perhaps the best-known river within the World Heritage area. This walk through cool temperate rainforest will give you an idea of the beauty that lies within this wild river wilderness. This walk along the banks of the Franklin River will take approximately 25 minutes return (1km).