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West Coast Visitor Centre
10 am - 5-30 pm daily
The Esplanade, Strahan, Tasmania
T. 1800 352 200
Int. +613 6472 6800
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The West Coast is the Gateway to Tasmania’s World Heritage area situated amongst pristine temperate rainforest, mountains and spectacular coastal beaches.
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Depart Devonport (3hrs) or Launceston (3hrs 40 minute drive) - via the A1 to Burnie and then south on the B18 through to your first stop Tullah - a peaceful former Hydro Town on the shores of Lake Rosebery.
Wee Georgie Wood Railway
In the summer months (weekends) take a short steam train journey on the restored Wee Georgie Wood Stream Train.
For the keen bushwalkers turn off the highway to the Montezuma Falls. A 3 hours return walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall 104 metres high.
West Coast Heritage Centre
Continue on to Zeehan, once Tasmania’s third-largest town. Visit the West Coast Heritage Centre housing one of the finest collections of minerals
For the real West Coast experience take a short 10 minute drive down Fowler Street to the Spray Tunnel,an old abandoned railway tunnel 100 metres long
Continue onto Strahan to your overnight destination stopping halfway along at the lookout to view the longest beach in Tasmania – Ocean Beach.
West Coast Visitor Information Centre
Stay overnight in Strahan. Call into the West Coast Visitor Centre for maps, information and book your activities or accommodation.
Spend the day exploring Strahan before departing in the late afternoon for the 41.6km, 45 minute drive to Queenstown, where you'll also stay overnight.
Cruise the Wilderness World Heritage Area
In Strahan take a cruise and experience the breath taking beauty of Macquarie Harbour, the Gordon River and the World Heritage area.
Enjoy a walk through the temperate rainforest to Hogarth Falls or a leisurely stroll around the historic foreshore walk.
West Coast Reflections Exhibition
West Coast Reflections Exhibition at the Visitor Centre an award winning display depicting Tasmanian’s wilderness battles.
The Ship that Never Was
In the evening take in a live theatre performance “’The Ship That Never Was” a story from Sarah Island of an amazing convict escape.
Depart Queenstown early afternoon on the Anthony Road to Tullah and then onto Devonport or Launceston.
Take a personalised tour with a passionate local guide to the old mines, lake Margaret or the Dam Blockade site.
Spion Kop Lookout
Take a short walk up to the Spion Kop lookout (10 mins) and take in the fantastic views over Queenstown and the iconic heritage listed gravel oval.
Eric Thomas Galley Museum
Visit the Galley Museum with its extensive photographic collection and local memorabilia. Leaving Queenstown drive North via the Anthony Road.
The West Coast is a unique area surrounded by a stunning landscape of lakes, river and mountain ranges with remote beaches and coastlines. Bring your coat and beanie to explore the wild West Coast.
Depart Devonport (3hrs) or Launceston (3hrs 40 minute drive) to Strahan. Heading south from Devonport or south-west from Launceston via Cradle link Road C132 stop at Tullah a peaceful former Hydro Town on the shores of Lake Rosebery.
Heritage Miners Cottage
A short drive over Mt Black to Rosebery. Stop at the Heritage Miners Hut at the entrance to the main Street and see how the miners of the past lived.
For the keen bushwalkers turn off the highway to the Montezuma Falls. A 3 hours return walk to Tasmanian’s highest waterfall 104 metres high.
Visit the short waterfall walk to Stitt Falls located just a few minute drive from the main street.
Visit the West Coast Heritage Museum housing one of the finest collections of minerals in the world.
Depart Strahan late afternoon - 41.6km, 45 minute drive - to Queenstown.
In the evening take in the film version of "'The Ship That Never Was"' at the Risby Cove Theatrette, a story from Sarah Island of an amazing convict escape.
Depart Queenstown early afternoon for Devonport or Launceston.
Take a short walk up to the Spion Kof lookout (10 mins) and take in the fantastic views over Queenstown and the iconic heritage listed gravel oval.
Take a short tour of the beautifully restored historic art deco Paragon Theatre. Leaving Queenstown drive North via the Anthony Road, Cradle Mountain
The drive links the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park in the North to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in the south all part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. Experience this unique wilderness area along with post-settlement history of the convicts, miners and railway men and their families.
Depart Devonport or Launceston to Zeehan via Cradle Mountain stopping at Tullah, a former Hydro Town. Tullah is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of lakes, river and mountain ranges.
In the summer months (weekends) take a short 20 minute heritage steam train journey through the rainforest on the ‘’ Wee Georgie Wood”.
Explore the beauty of Lake Rosebery by hiring a kayak or take the short walk around part of the Lake
The mining town of Rosebery is a short drive further south over Mount Black. Stop at the Heritage Miners Hut at the entrance to the town.
Visit the Stitt Falls a short 5 minute drive from the main street. Driving south from Rosebery, keep an eye out for the aerial ore bucket ropeway.
Montezuma Falls is Tasmania’s highest waterfall and is an easy 7km return walk along an old mining tram line through temperate rainforest.
Continue to Zeehan, once Tasmania’s third-largest town and visit the West Coast Heritage Museum for a comprehensive display of West Coast history.
or the real West Coast experience, take a short drive down Fowler Street and walk to the Spray Tunnel an old abandoned railway tunnel 100 metres long.
Depart Zeehan to Strahan
Take a drive to the coastal hamlet with magnificent beaches and spectacular views. A hidden gem is the Trial Harbour History Museum.
Heading back through Zeehan, take a 40 minute drive to Strahan stopping at the scenic lookout to view Ocean Beach the longest in Tasmania.
Strahan ATV Adventures
Take a walk up the Henty Sands or take an exhilarating tour on an ATV. Sand boards are also available for hire in Strahan.
In Strahan enjoy a walk through the temperate rainforest to Hogarth Falls or a leisurely stroll around the historic foreshore walk.
Risby Cove Accommodation & Restaurant
Hire a bike or kayak to explore the scenic foreshore or waters of Risby Cove.
In Strahan take a cruise and experience the breath taking beauty of Macquarie Harbour, the Gordon River and the World Heritage area. Cruises depart each morning, and some afternoons in the summer.
Gordon River Cruises
Take a cruise up the Gordon River into the Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park
Architects, writers, woodturners, gardeners and historians contributed their talents to the acclaimed exhibition West Coast Reflections at the West Coast Visitor Information and Booking Centre.
Morrison's Huon Pine Sawmill
Watch the free demonstration of old style saw milling held each afternoon at 3pm at Morrisons Sawmill on the Esplanade.
Australia’s longest running play tells the dramatic and hilarious true story about the last Great Escape from Sarah Island.
Depart Strahan to Queenstown
Take a personalised tour with a passionate local guide to the old mines, Lake Margaret Power Station, Franklin Dam Blockade site or Queenstown
King River Rafting
For the more adventurous, take a full or half day rafting experience down the King River.
Housed in the 1897 Imperial Hotel offering a unique collection telling stories of survival, endurance and sacrifice, as well as providing a very personal record of the people themselves and their daily lives.
Take a short tour of the beautifully restored art deco Paragon Theatre. In the summer months view a film, with refreshments available.
Kelly Basin Walk
Walk along an old railway track beside the Bird River to the ruins of the former mining town of East Pillinger. A 3-4 hour return walk, 10.8km.
Morning in Queenstown – depart for Hobart
Visit the Galley Museum with its extensive historic photographic collection and local memorabilia.
Take a stroll around the streets of Queenstown viewing the galleries, the historic National Trust listed staircase at the Empire Hotel.
Take a short steep walk up to the Spion Kof lookout and take in the fantastic views over Queenstown and the iconic heritage listed gravel oval.
Depart Queenstown and drive up the 99 bends of Gormanston Hill to the Horsetail Falls Walk, a 30 minute return walk to the seasonal 50m waterfall
Iron Blow Lookout
Opposite is the road to the Iron Blow Lookout with views over the old Mt Lyell open cut mine, down the Linda Valley to Lake Burbury
Across Lake BurburyTasmania’s last built hydro dam. Stop at Nelson Falls, a delightful horizontal fall - 20 minute return walk.
Stop at Nelson Falls, a delightful horizontal fall - 20 minute return walk.
Donaghys Hill Lookout
Keep an eye out for Donaghy’s Lookout, a 40 minute return walk from the Lyell Highway with stunning views of the mountain ranges of western wilderness
Franklin River Nature Trail
Stop another 9km along the highway at the” Franklin River Nature Trail.” This short, easy walk along the banks of the Franklin River.
The West Coast is a place of spectacular beauty with its jagged mountains, wild rivers and ancient forests. The drive from Hobart via the Lyell Highway takes you through the pristine wilderness through sixty kilometres of the Tasmanian World Heritage area to Queenstown. Wander through temperate rainforest, explore the sand dunes and rugged beaches kilometres in length while breathing in the cleanest air in the world.
Depart Hobart for the 4 hour drive to Queenstown, stop at Lake St Clair part of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park.
Returning to the highway A10 you enter the World Heritage area, stop at the Franklin River Nature Trail. A short, easy walk through wilderness
Keep an eye out for Donaghy’s Lookout a 40 minute return walk from the Lyell Highway with stunning views of the mountain ranges of the west.
Continue the drive up through the Linda Valley to the Iron Blow Lookout with views over the old Mt Lyell open cut mine and down to Lake Roseberry
Back to the highway and opposite is the entrance car park for the Horsetail Falls walk – a 30 minute return walk – a large seasonal 50 metre waterfall
Continue down the 99 bends to Queenstown and visit the Galley Museum with its extensive historic photographic collection and local memorabilia.
For the more adventurous, take a full or half day rafting experience down the King River.A white water raft and steam train option is also available.
A 45 minute scenic drive south on Driffield and Conlan Street will lead to the Kelly Basin Walk. A 3-4 hour return walk 10.8km.
Take a guided tour departing from Queenstown up Mt Owen for a Queenstown sunset.
Queenstown (then drive to Strahan)
In Queenstown take a personalised tour with a passionate local guide to the old mines, Lake Margaret Power Station, Franklin Dam Blockade site.
ake a stroll around the streets of Queenstown viewing the Galleries, the historic National Trust listed staircase at the Empire Hotel.
Arriving in Strahan take a short ten minute driver west of Strahan to Ocean Beach, take in a sunset or stroll along Tasmania’s longest beach.