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West Coast Wilderness Way

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This route links the three World Heritage Areas of Cradle Mountain, the wild rivers of the Franklin and lower Gordon River and the land and 3,000 lakes that surround Lake St Clair.

Cradle Mountain

Perfect for an avid hiker or day trip, Cradle Mountain is one of the main attractions in Tasmania. Even if you are not an experienced hiker there is a boardwalk most of the way, making your way to the top that much easier. Discover breathtaking views of the Lake St. Clair National Park and the surrounding areas of the Central Highlands region or snap a picture at Marions Lookout if you would rather skip the hike.

Behind the wheel of a car, Cradle Mountain is only about 2.5 hours from the Launceston, 1.5 hours from Burnie, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Devonport, and 4.5 hours from the capital city Hobart.

Zeehan – Strahan

After enjoying the Cradle Mountain experience make your next stop Tullah, a town with a chequered history of mining and hydro development that now caters to visitors. The mining township of Rosebery is a short drive further southwest, where you can take a tour of the surface mine infrastructure. A three hour return walk is nearby at Tasmania’s tallest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Continue on to Zeehan, the centre of this gold and silver mining region and take a tour of the West Coast Heritage Centre to learn about life in the mining era.

Heading south of Zeehan, the notable town of Strahan offers a variety of things to see and do. Take a cruise up the Gordon River into the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park or Sarah Island beckons with the infamous penal settlement which was once the colony’s largest ship building centre.

Queenstown – Lake St Clair

The starkly beautiful, barren hills of Queenstown are calling today, once baron land thanks to the mining practices of the early 1900s, now slowly returning to it’s beautiful past. Take a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway across 35km of mountain ranges, bridges and river gorges. For a underground experience descend 1.5km below the earth to explore 7 km of drives and workings of the Mt Lyell copper mine, still in operation today. The west coast is home to the famed Huon Pine so be sure to stop by the one of the many sawmills and woodwork shops in the area, you may find the next piece for your mantelpiece!

Lake Burbury and 60km of Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are ahead of you today as you proceed to Lake St Clair. Carved out by ice during several glaciations, the Lake St Clair area offers a wealth of walks and forest to explore and a perfect end to our west coast wilderness trip.

This top drive was provided by Discover Tasmania.

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