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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.

Western Wilds

a couple walking through the landscape of Sentinel Range in TasmaniaStuart Gibson

Head west to Sentinel Range and lose yourself in wild and rugged landscapes

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.

Cradle Mountain

a mountain pool located in the Western Wilds, TasmaniaTourism Australia & Graham Freeman

Embrace your adventurous side and take a dip in the glassy waters of a Cradle Mountain tarn

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

a boat in  sunset time at Pieman River, TasmaniaTourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett

Find your inner calm on the Pieman River

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

a person walking towards the sea for a surf at Marrawah Beach, TasmaniaJess Bonde

Surf’s up at Marrawah Beach on the west coast

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.

Strahan

a cruise going through the Gordon River, Tasmania Supplied Courtesy of RACT Destinations

Embrace the stillness of the Gordon River on a cruise

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.

Queenstown

a train going through the mountainous rainforest on the steepest rail line in the Southern Hemisphere, TasmaniaTourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne

Journey through the west coast’s mountainous rainforest on the steepest rail line in the Southern Hemisphere

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

a lighthouse in a tulip field at Wynyard, TasmaniaLuke Tscharke

Tip-toe through the tulips at Wynyard

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