The Western Wilderness

A True Wilderness Frontier

Welcome to the western wilderness, the entry point to one of Tasmania's truly spectacular World Heritage areas, and one of Australia's last true wilderness frontiers

The World Heritage-listed wilderness and ancient forests of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania's most famous destinations, will leave you breathless. Engage your adventurous side and take on the infamous Overland Track, or completely unwind and indulge in world-class spa, and dine on internationally recognised cuisine.

The last outpost of civilisation on the west coast of the island, the beautiful town of Strahan lies on the edge of the untouched beauty of Macquarie Harbour and is the gateway to several wilderness areas that can be explored by water, land or air. Take a cruise along the wide Gordon River, past ancient rainforest, and stop for fine cheese and local wines along the way.

Board the West Coast Wilderness Railway and venture to Queenstown, once the world's richest gold and copper mining town. Explore the area by four-wheel drive, take an exciting jet boat ride down the magnificent King River, or take to the skies in a seaplane, searching for any remaining 1000-year-old Huon Pine and myrtle trees.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Cruise the Wild Gordon River: Wind your way down this majestic river from deep in the south-west.
  2. Ride the West Coast Wilderness Railway: Take a trip back in time on this historic rail track from Queenstown to Strahan.
  3. Get Back to Basics: Trek through Cradle Mountain National Park on the Overland Track.
  4. Tour the Mines at Queenstown: A facinating and educational insight into Tasmania's industrial history.

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit The Western Wilderness chapter in our Tasmania online brochure. Click here.

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