West Coast Wilderness
This drive links the three World Heritage Areas of Cradle Mountain, the wild rivers of the Franklin and lower Gordon River and the wilderness that surrounds Lake St Clair. The drive starts from Cradle Mountain and explores the unique post-settlement history of the region that includes convicts, miners and railway men and their families.
Start: Cradle Mountain
Duration: 3-4 days
Cradle Mountain - Zeehan
- Heading south from Cradle Mountain, stop at Tullah, a peaceful former mining town surrounded by a beautiful landscape of lakes, rivers and mountain ranges.
- Explore the wilderness around Tullah on walking and mountain bike trails with guided nature tours available on sea kayak, canoe or horseback.
- The town of Rosebery, a short drive farther south-west, is a working mine township proud of its environmental management. Keep an eye out for the old Hercules to Rosebery aerial ore bucket ropeway, constructed to move ore from the Hercules mine to Rosebery.
- Walk to Montezuma Falls, a nearby three-hour return walk to Tasmania's tallest waterfall.
- Continue on to Zeehan, once Tasmania's third-largest town with gold and silver mines, numerous hotels and more than 10,000 residents. Today, Zeehan's Main Street is lined with grand old buildings like the Gaiety Theatre, visited by Dame Nellie Melba and Harry Houdini, beautifully restored and still entertaining locals and visitors.
- Visit the West Coast Heritage Centre with one of the finest collections of minerals in the world.
- Walk or drive through the unusual Spray Tunnel, a 100 -metre abandoned railway tunnel at the end of Main St.
- Fish for trout in some of the world's best trout fishing waters in nearby Lake Pieman.
- Overnight Zeehan or continue on to Strahan.