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 come 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 and since 1982 the Tasmanian Wilderness has been included in the World Heritage Listing.
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.
Break up the long drive and stretch your legs - you won't be disappointed. Nelson Falls are reached after an easy 20 minute return (1.4km) boardwalk stroll beside a river through a forest of sassafras, myrtle and ferns. The falls are especially spectacular after heavy rain.
Henty Sand Dunes
A series of giant dunes formed by the Roaring Forties are great to explore. The dunes are around 30m high, reaching several kilometres inland and extending 15 km along the coast. From the picnic area it's an easy 1.5 hr return walk through the dunes to Ocean Beach.
Lake Mackintosh is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. The lake and surrounding country is magnificent with myrtle, sassafras and eucalypt forests along with native ferns growing almost to the lake's edge.