RICH. ANCIENT. WILD.
TO DO? OR NOT TO DO? THAT IS THE QUESTION.
Off The Path
Slow down to absorb the natural beauty from Cradle Mountain and Stanley in the north-west to Strahan and Queenstown in the west. Be inspired by the wilderness, explore empty coastlines, learn about the history of early miners and piners, and discover Australia’s largest tract of cool-temperate rainforest.
The Western Wilds is a journey of dramatic scenery and photo opportunities around every corner. But it’s not just about exploring the wilderness, it’s about hearing the personal stories of pioneers, convicts, miners and piners, among the many powerful stories of the west.
Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman
Hike to Marion’s Lookout and gaze across the living mosaic of alpine grassland, rainforest and ancient plants in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. Reward your daytime exertion by tucking into treats you picked up along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail . And see what’s for dinner for the park’s residents - wallabies, possums and wombats - on a McDermott’s spotlighting tour.
Corinna Wilderness Retreat
Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett
Explore the untouched Pieman River by kayak or take a river cruise on the Arcadia II, a grand old vessel built from precious Huon pine. Base yourself at the historic township of Corinna. At Corinna Wilderness Retreat, sleep in an old miners’ hut or in one of the new cottages built in the style of the original huts. Share a locally brewed craft beer at the Tarkine Hotel, then simply stargaze and chill. Here’s to a night sky that is anything but dark.
takayna / Tarkine
There’s nowhere else in the world like the Tarkine. Increasingly known by its local indigenous name, takayna, it’s the largest area of cool-temperate rainforest in Australia. For a day trip, pull on your walking shoes, take the Tarkine Drive and plan on plenty of stops. The loop road winds through myrtle forests, dramatic land formations and spectacular lakes. Or venture further afield to the mouth of the Arthur River and take the coastal walk, or head to the surf breaks at Marrawah Beach.
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Perched at the edge of the west coast’s vast Macquarie Harbour, the quaint port village of Strahan has an astounding natural backdrop and a dark, fascinating past. Take a cruise along the Gordon River for immersion in some of the world’s most pristine wilderness and be confronted by Tasmania’s brutal penal history on Sarah Island. Learn more about Sarah Island’s history at a live performance of The Ship That Never Was.
Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne
There’s no getting around it - Queenstown jolts the senses. Once the epicentre of Tasmania’s mining industry, the hillsides were stripped bare and the immediate landscape remains magnificently stark. Wander the main street lined with grand old buildings, tuck into a Cape Grim steak at the Empire Hotel, and chat with the locals about the unique culture and regeneration of the area. Take a memorable West Coast Wilderness Railway tour from Queenstown on a heritage steam train and wind your way through the dense rainforest and gorges of the rugged west coast.
For the diary
Upcoming events on the north west and west coast include:
- Wynyard’s Bloomin’ Tulip Festival (12 October, 2019)
- The Unconformity – a contemporary art festival (16-18 October, 2020)
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