05 October, 2023

Conquer Tasmania’s Western Wilds

Craving discovery, the natural splendour of the apple isle and a taste of history? Enter Tassie’s enchanting West Coast! Embark on this Western Wilds road trip, where untamed wilderness and captivating stories await. Discover the essence of Tasmania's west and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Hikers paradise at Overland Track, Cradle Mountain. Photo credit: Sarajayne Lada

Day 1: Devonport > Cradle Mountain

Fresh from your seaside journey across Bass Strait on Spirit of Tasmania, you’ll arrive in the charming town of Devonport.  Now’s the time to fuel up and enjoy some local favourite cuisine, before making your way towards Cradle Mountain, to experience one of Tasmania's most cherished landscapes.

A haven for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike, here you’ll find no shortage of activities and attractions here. From a multi-day trek of Overland Track, canoeing or kayaking the serene waters of Dove Lake or Lake St. Clair, to spotting natural critters like wallabies, wombats and (of course) the Tasmanian devil roaming their natural habitat at Devils@Cradle sanctuary

Immerse yourself in bush side tranquillity at Corinna Huts. Photo credit: Stu Gibson

Day 2: Cradle Mountain > Corinna

As we head further West, this leg of the itinerary will immerse you in the untamed spirit of the region, offering a unique blend of natural wonders, intriguing history, and captivating experiences.

Be sure to make time to stop and stretch your legs with a short walk at the breathtaking Trowutta Arch, a limestone formation marvel which makes for a great pic opportunity.

Upon arriving in Corinna, enjoy the quaint nature of this historic town with lovingly preserved cottages, delicious fresh seafood, and kind locals.

Explore the majestic Gordon River with World Heritage Cruises. Photo credit: Tourism Australia

Day 3: Corinna > Strahan

Embark on a scenic drive from Corinna to Strahan, and uncover Tasmania's untamed spirit in its wild landscapes, charming heritage, and captivating stories.

A sure highlight of your trip awaits you, the iconic West Coast Wilderness Railway. This historic steam train first used in the mining operations of the region, now takes passengers through the lush rainforests of the Tarkine and along the King River amongst many more picturesque sites.

Perhaps instead a cruise along the legendary Gordon River? Here you’ll find gently flowing waterways, a beautiful viewpoint of Macquarie Harbour, and the chance to take stops at beautiful locations like Sarah Island. Keep an eye out for the distinctive white-bellied sea eagles!

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A must-see for your Western journey, Iron Blow Lookout. Photo credit: Ollie Khedun and West Coast Council

Day 4: Strahan > Queenstown

As we depart from the serene beauty of Corinna, our journey along Tasmania's Western Wilds brings us to the town of Strahan. Nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan effortlessly captivates travellers with its untamed spirit and charming heritage. This picturesque town has a rich history tied to the era of convicts, explorers, and pioneers who braved the rugged wilderness.

While you venture towards the halfway part of your journey, don't miss the Iron Blow Lookout, a place that offers a glimpse into the area's mining history.

Stop at the Iron Blow Lookout to take in panoramic views of the vast open-cut mine, a testament to Queenstown's mining legacy. Learn about the geological significance of the area and how mining shaped the landscape through informative signage.

Pro Tip: Visit during sunset or sunrise for a truly magical view.

Hillside hustle and bustle in downtown Queenstown. Photo credit: Tourism Australia

Day 5 > Queenstown

Arriving in Queenstown from Strahan, travellers can sense the town's unique atmosphere, a blend of wilderness and heritage. Known for its rich mining history, Queenstown showcases the indomitable spirit of pioneers who toiled in the harsh conditions of the Tasmanian wilderness. The town's heritage streetscapes stand as a testament to their endurance, with beautifully preserved historic buildings and remnants of the mining era.

When in Queenstown, a visit to the Galley Museum is a must for history buffs. Dive into interactive exhibits showcasing Queenstown's heritage, and don't hesitate to strike up a conversation with the friendly staff for local insights.

For stunning vistas of Queenstown and its unique mining-sculpted landscape, head to Sticht Range Lookout. Easily accessible by car, this spot offers breathtaking views. To catch the landscape in its most dramatic and colorful light, plan your visit during sunrise or sunset.

The River Derwent, New Norfolk. Photo credit: Stu Gibson

Day 6: Queenstown > New Norfolk

As you bid adieu to the rugged beauty of Queenstown and its remarkable highlights, the narrative of the itinerary continues to unfold, revealing the enchanting allure of New Norfolk.

Your first stop, not far from Queenstown, should be the mesmerizing Nelson Falls. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness as you take a short walk to the falls. The trail is well-maintained, suitable for all fitness levels, and is a photographer's dream, especially after rainfall when the cascading waters are at their most dramatic.

With its artisanal charm and captivating history, New Norfolk beckons travellers to embrace its quaint streets and immerse themselves in the local culture.

The jaw-dropping mountainous path to Strathgordon, on Gordon River Road. Photo credit: Stu Gibson

Day 7: New Norfolk > Strathgordon

As our journey through Tasmania's Western Wilds continues, we find ourselves departing from the artisanal charms of New Norfolk, heading towards Strathgordon. Nestled along the banks of the Derwent River, this part of our itinerary offers a unique blend of captivating natural beauty and intriguing history.

As you approach Strathgordon, prepare to be mesmerized by the pristine beauty of Lake Pedder. Take a leisurely drive along Lake Pedder's shores, soaking in the stunning views and the serenity of this massive glacial lake.

Next up, make a stop at Strathgordon Dam, an engineering marvel. It's an ideal spot for photographs and to appreciate the scale of human intervention in this wilderness. Take your time, and enjoy the ride...

Surrounded by Tassie Bush at Thousand Lakes Lodge. Photo credit: Alice Hansen

Day 8: Strathgordon > Thousand Lakes Lodge

Explorers and nature lovers will find solace in the pristine wilderness of Strathgordon. Venture into the heart of Southwest National Park, Australia's largest national park, and be captivated by its untouched beauty.

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the park's extensive trail network. The Western Arthurs, a challenging multi-day hike, is a highlight for experienced trekkers, while easier walks like the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail are great for families.

Before reaching Thousand Lakes Lodge, make a fascinating stop at "The Wall in the Wilderness."

Witness the incredible talent of artist Greg Duncan as he carves a stunning 100-meter wooden wall. The wall tells the story of Tasmania's history, from its indigenous roots to the present day, through intricate wood carvings. Don't miss the chance to visit Greg's studio and see his work in progress. It's a rare opportunity to witness art in the making.

A beautiful spot for reflecting on an unforgettable trip, Lillico Beach. Photo credit: S. Group

Day 9: Thousand Lakes Lodge > Devonport

As the journey through Tasmania's Western Wilds nears its end, travellers bid farewell to the enchantment of Thousand Lakes Lodge and set their sights on the final destination of Devonport.

The stunning Great Lake in the nearby highlands is an excellent start to your final day, whether simply taking in the view, or trying your luck as some trout fishing.

As you approach Devonport, a delightful stop at Ashgrove Cheese Farm awaits, where you can indulge in some cheesy goodness. Sample a variety of delicious cheeses, from cheddars to blues, at the farm's tasting room. You can even watch the cheesemakers at work.

Enjoy a cheese-inspired meal or snack at the farm's cafe. Don't miss the chance to pair your cheese with local wines or ciders.

With your Tasman adventure drawing to a close, why not sign off with a visit to Lillico Beach. If the rugged coastline and the soothing sound of waves crashing against sea rocks isn’t enough, here you can also spot local residents in the form of little penguins at dusk.

Happy adventuring!


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