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West Coast
In the North West you’ll find fresh air, fresh food and a fresh perspective on life with strong connections between the natural environment and just-harvested produce. Pull back to a slower pace and soak in natural beauty, wild coastlines, picturesque towns and a slower lifestyle. Be transformed by wild coastlines, waterfalls revealed through rainforests and the greatest expanse of cool temperate rainforest in Australia, and second largest in the world – The Tarkine. Cruise down the Gordon River and take in the mirror-calm reflections of the World Heritage Area rainforest. Visit the ‘Edge of the World’, a mystical and spiritual place in a wild and natural setting. Said to be a place to cast a pebble to the shores of eternity, to be washed by the Ocean of Time. Swap wild alpine walks in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, a park that safeguards ancient alpine landscapes, for home-reared food at farm door restaurants on a gourmet-feasting trail. No need to rush, everything is close in this corner of the island.

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain, at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, safeguards ancient alpine landscapes and many a waddling wombat. Part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, the surrounding landscape is diverse and includes grassland, rainforest and ancient plants such as the long-lived King Billy pine and the native 'fagus' or deciduous beech. The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species. Embark on the Dove Lake Circuit track that hugs the lake shoreline for a pleasant, relatively flat six-kilometre walk beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. There are plenty of other walks in the area along with canyon tours, a devil sanctuary, scenic flights and an alpine spa. Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most visited natural attractions and while there's no actual town here, visitors will find plenty of accommodation and things to see and do within the park.
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Strahan is a charming harbour-side village set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Boat cruises provide an unforgettable journey into the pristine temperate rainforests. Strahan is full of stories from the days of convicts and pioneers toughing it out in Tassie's wild west. Nearby, in Macquarie Harbour is Sarah Island, once a notorious prison and a powerful reminder of the brutal treatment of Tasmania's convicts. From Strahan there’s also long stretches of wild Ocean Beach to explore, massive sand dunes to conquer and forest adventures to be had. It’s also the destination - or departure point - for the West Coast Wilderness Railway that runs between Queenstown and Strahan.
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Stanley is a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, quaint cafes and quality B&B style cottages, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water's edge. After enjoying Stanley's famous fish and chips, climb the winding path to the top of the Nut for a spectacular 360-degree view and an aerobic workout, Stanley-style. For a less strenuous trip, take the open chairlift ride and look out for seals basking in the sun and at night, the local penguins can be seen coming in to nest. Stanley is also close to some great nature experiences and Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness. Stanley has plenty of fascinating stories, too. You can take a history tour through Stanley's streets, lined with charming stone cottages dating back to the town's early days when it hosted the headquarters of the Van Diemen's Land Company or visit Highfield Historic Site.
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King Island

King Island lies off the North West Coast of Tasmania, surrounded by rugged coastline and full of fresh seafood, famously good produce and some of the cleanest air in the world. This is a destination for foodies who want to get close to the source and travel far from the rest of the world. Uncover King Island’s stories on a trail of the island's produce, culture, history, flora and fauna. Work up an appetite before sampling King Island’s famous cheese and dairy products, seafood, beef, honey and fruit and veggies at a farm gate or eatery. Catch dinner on a charter boat or pick up a picnic hamper for an alfresco feast, King Island-style. Food is king here, and the island's annual Long Table Festival puts its fresh produce front and centre. There are also two stunning world-class golf courses on the island, Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes, both seaside courses are designed in the Scottish links tradition. There's something interesting at every turn on King Island - from a lighthouse and offshore shipwrecks - to the island's great nature walks and unique wildlife, including the elusive platypus and rare orange-bellied parrots.
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West Coast Wilderness Railway

It is an engineering marvel, the world's steepest steam-operated railway. This is Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway, and it is 28 tonnes of special. Today, passengers are moved by the same locomotives that began the run from Queenstown back in 1896. They take a comfortable 16-kilometre run through the wildlands, uphill through spectacular landscapes and down to a place called Dubbill Barrill, with stops for a little gold panning and sightseeing. These locos were originally built to move copper ore for the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, delivering the mine's deep riches out of a massive, landlocked deposit at Queenstown to the port of Strahan, and from there, to the world. And every passenger is greeted by one of the line's original workhorses, a 28 tonne steam locomotive that's ready to roll – and guaranteed to raise a smile.
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Bonnet Island Experience

The Bonnet Island Experience departing from Strahan visits a tiny island at Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's west coast. Cruise in comfort arriving on Bonnet Island just before dusk. Hear stories of shipwrecks, rescues, storms and survival. Visit a historic lighthouse, to learn how the keepers lived and worked, guiding ships into the harbour. The island is also home to a thriving colony of little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters. These amazing birds spend their days fishing at sea in all conditions, returning each evening at dusk, to their burrows on the island. Observing this phenomenon from close quarters is at the heart of The Bonnet Island Experience - a memorable and intimate encounter.
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Gordon River

Wild doesn’t have to mean crazy, wind-in-your-hair madness. A cruise down the Gordon River often rewards with mirror-calm reflections of World Heritage Area rainforest. Gordon River Cruises and World Heritage Cruises can take you down this ancient waterway stopping off at Sarah Island where you'll get a history lesson as you walk among the ruins of this once notorious convict settlement. Head towards Hell's Gates, the dangerous entrance to the wild Southern Ocean before cruising into the Gordon River where riverside rainforest is reflected in the still water below. Step off and experience the rainforest first-hand in an ancient Huon Pine forest before heading back to Strahan with a bit of Tassie nature etched into the soul.
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It doesn’t get much more Tasmanian than Cradle Mountain and Tassie devils. Keep an eye on the clock because the Devils@Cradle feeding tour happens at 5.30pm sharp – or the devils get mad. Not true, they're actually far cuter than their name suggests. Those devils only have one mission when it comes to feeding time, manners are not a high priority. Being nocturnal animals, they get pretty lively once the sun sinks. This is a rare chance to observe these unique animals in the company of some fellow carnivorous marsupials – the eastern and spotted-tail quoll.
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Waldheim Alpine Spa - Cradle Mountain Lodge

The Waldheim Alpine Spa at Cradle Mountain Lodge is a luxury spa and treatment centre encircled by rainforest at the edge of The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Soak up views of an ancient landscape from your spa suite as you indulge in the many luxurious face and body treatments offered here. There are four therapy rooms - including double treatment rooms for couples - and the Waldheim Alpine Spa uses completely natural Australian and Tasmanian-made skin care, body care and spa products. The Waldheim Alpine Spa also has a dedicated therapeutic retreat known as The Sanctuary. Here you can ease away the aches of a day's bushwalking or travelling in the steam room, sauna, hot-tub and cool plunge pool, and then complete your experience in the relaxation lounge.
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King River Rafting

Be swept away on the King River Rafting adventure on Tasmania’s west coast. Your journey begins aboard the 118-year-old West Coast Wilderness Railway, Australia’s only steam train of its kind. With rafts atop and rafters aboard, the train will travel through remote rainforests and incredible landscapes to Dubbil Barril where your journey takes a rapid turn. Here you’ll swap comfort for courage as you plunge into the rapids of the mighty King River, which flows as fast as the adrenaline. Along the way, when the waters are calm, your guide will share stories of the region’s fascinating history.
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Seven Sheds

Willie Simpson is a prize-winning brewer who clearly thinks way outside the barrel. He’s the proud owner of Seven Sheds Brewery, nestled in the gorgeous town of Railton, renowned for its many sculptured topiary gardens. Willie’s property, which has 7 sheds (funny that), grows hops on-site using organic methods and brews hand-crafted beers in small batches. Willie’s dedication to using local produce, such as honeys, berries and malts means he can create flavours that are uniquely Tasmanian. You can try his many crafted creations on a tour of the brewery, hop gardens, and tasting rooms… so bottoms up beer lovers!
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Wynyard is a relaxed seaside town famous for flat-topped Table Cape and fields of stunning tulips. Located at the mouth of the Inglis River, Wynyard is a popular holiday spot for beach activities, ocean and river fishing, and lazy drives through picturesque landscapes. The local beaches are great for swimming, fishing, kayaking and waterside walks. Nearby, Table Cape is a dramatic landform that extends into Bass Strait with big views from the lookout and nearby lighthouse that are nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful at any time of year with its patchwork fields and rich red soil perched above the sea, the area bursts into colour when the fields of tulips flower in spring, More coastal wonders can be found at Fossil Bluff, a unique area rich in rare fossils where you can learn about the geology that created the Cape. Behind Wynyard are small villages dotted along country roads, each with broad views of beautiful patchwork green, gold and brown farmland. The town is a popular holiday spot and has a good range of places to stay, from campsites and backpackers to riverside motels.
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The Tarkine Drive

The Tarkine Drive in Tasmania's North West is easily accessible for anyone wanting to get back in touch with nature and experience the wilderness. The loop takes travellers through natural and dramatic landscapes beginning with Kanunnah Bridge Picnic Area and Sumac Lookout - surrounded by rainforest and tall eucalypts along with impressive widespread views of the river and beyond. Julius River Forest Reserve has cool temperate rainforest, excellent picnic facilities and a half-hour walk. Lake Chisholm Forest Reserve has flooded limestone sinkholes and meandering walks through old myrtle forests and alongside still watered lakes. West Beckett Forest Reserve is for the more adventurous. At Milkshakes Hills Forest Reserve, relax with picnic spots nestled among the eucalypts. Completing the loop is the Trowutta Arch Rain Forest Walk - a stunning and natural geological structure.
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Queenstown is the gateway to the West Coast with a rich and rugged mining history. It's also close to the edge of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area and surrounded by great fishing lakes. The town was once the world's richest mining town. The copper mining and mass logging in the early 1900s created a surreal and rocky 'moonscape' of bare coloured conglomerate. Although Mother Nature is slowly creeping back into the landscape, the scenic drive into Queenstown down a spiralling road with over 90 bends is still nothing short of spectacular and a testament to the brutal reality of Tasmania's mining past. There's plenty for the curious visitor to do, from an underground mine tour and local history museum to walks in the nearby wilderness, where you can discover scenic lookouts, waterfalls and relics of the old mining days - or simply stroll the the unique streetscapes of the city centre.
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