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3 Days Good
Perfect for a long weekend.....just enough to get a taste of the West Coast and leave you planning your next (longer) visit.
5 Days Better
Experience cruises and train rides, rainforest walks, waterfalls and museums Enough time for chats with locals and to realise you've only scratched the surface....
7 Days Best
Long enough for the locals to remember your coffee order and to dream about living in the fresh air and open spaces.
Montezuma Falls is Tasmania's highest waterfall. The track to the falls begins at Williamsford, two kilometres south of Rosebery, where there is a free car park.
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.
Macquarie Heads Camp Ground
Macquarie Heads Camping Ground offers bush campsite accommodation, great fishing and beautiful views whilst walking along the beach. Located 15km (30 minutes) from Strahan, access is by a gravel road and a boat ramp and public toilets are available. Please carry your own water and firewood.
This beautifully restored historic property blends warmth and hospitality with contemporary elegance. At Franklin Manor, take a well-earned break in a standard queen room, or manor suite. Enjoy your breakfast in our dining room or on the porch overlooking the lush gardens.
Penghana Bed & Breakfast
Stately guest accommodation in a National Trust Mansion overlooking Queenstown. "Penghana' has an amazing history, built to be the home of mine General Managers.
King River Rafting
Discover pristine wilderness on one-day rafting experiences from Queenstown, with several amazing rafting experiences to choose from. King for the Day: a full day rafting experience that has it all - a swiftly flowing gorge to a serene river where you'll past Huon Pines and wildlife.
The harbour may look beautiful - postcard perfect - but it has seen terrible hardship and untold suffering.
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.
A contemporary cafe located at the Queenstown Station, home of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Come and enjoy coffee, a drink, light meal or snack, regardless of whether or not you are travelling on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Hamer's Hotel Bar & Grill
Rebuilt in 1936, Hamer's captures the old-world charm. Settle back by the open log fire with the locals for a local ale or select from a range of Tasmanian wines. The bistro offers steaks, seafood, chicken, pasta and daily seasonal specials. A comprehensive wine list is also available.
Wilderness Whisky and Spirits
Kerrellie Cottages have opened a new Whiskey and Spirits tasting bar inside the Wilderness Woodworks on the waterfront in Strahan. So come on down to Wilderness Whisky and Spirits and have a chat with Kerry and sample of the whisky and spirits from all around Tasmania.
Heritage & Arts
The Ship that Never Was
Australia’s longest running play tells the dramatic and hilarious true story about the last Great Escape from Sarah Island.
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.
West Coast Reflections Exhibition
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.
OOnah Hill Trail
The first purpose-built MTB trail on the West Coast, providing a mountain bike experience not found elsewhere in Tasmania.
Sterling Valley Trail
A technically challenging, raw, but rewarding trail through beautiful myrtle rainforest with spectacular views to the impressive face of Mt Murchison. Ride through dense canopies of trees on the way to the valley floor.
Ocean Beach Trail
A 2km (4km return) low impact shared trail, ideal for cycling, walking, horses and the beginner mountain biker. With a car park at the trail head and magnificent Ocean Beach awaiting, the Ocean Beach Trail is perfect for families and those wanting to experience the fresh West Coast air and environment.
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.
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.
Donaghys Hill Lookout
Enjoy wilderness views of mountain tops and the Franklin River after this short walk. The track climbs a hill at an easy grade and lands you perched and protected on a rocky lookout point where superb wilderness views will keep your camera busy.
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 Franklin River will take approximately 25 minutes return (1km).
Ever walked through a 100 m long abandoned railway tunnel? Just outside of Zeehan is the Spray Tunnel Loop, an easy one-hour return walk that passes through the Spray Tunnel, a 100 m long abandoned train tunnel that leads to what was the Spray Silver Mine.
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.