Whether you have 3 days, or 10, there’s plenty to keep you busy here on the West Coast – but don’t forget to carve out some time to kick back and drink in the serenity while you’re here! These ideas will make sure you get the best of both worlds.
Basic Itinerary – 3 to 4 days
Make your way towards Tullah via Roseberry, stopping for a few hours to follow an old tram way, a relic of mining days gone by, to Montezuma Falls. Depending on the time, stop for lunch here or by Lake Roseberry before heading to Zeehan overnight (local hint – check out Spray Tunnel if you have enough daylight left at the end of the day).
Point your compass south and board a cruise on the Gordon River, or take your time and spend a leisurely morning walking along Ocean Beach or, if you’ve packed a sled (or large baking tray!), visit Henty Dunes for some tobogganing fun in the sand. In the evening, be sure to catch Australia’s longest running play, The Ship That Never Was for an evening of fun. Overnight in Strahan.
On your last day, head towards Queenstown and journey with us through ancient rainforest and learn about our dramatic mining heritage. Afterwards, you could head home but better yet, take some time to check out local walks and lookouts such as Spion Kop or Horsetail Falls. Grab a picnic dinner and head to Mt Jukes Lookout and watch the sun go down while gazing at the incredible western wilderness.
This itinerary is based on Discover Tasmania’s Western Wilds Itinerary.
Have some extra time up your sleeve? Slow it down and add these extra ideas to your schedule:
Hire or bring your own kayak and head out onto Lake Roseberry for some seriously peaceful vibes. Find yourself there with a light drizzle, or some moody mist? This is the West Coast… it’s better that way, anyway, so don’t let that stop you!
The West Coast Heritage Centre is a treasure trove of history in a town that is rumoured to have once given Hobart a run for its money as the state’s capital. Give yourself a couple of hours to adequately wander the museum’s four buildings and 30 themed exhibition spaces that will walk you through this region’s cultural heritage.
Take a walk along the picturesque waterfront village and towards People’s Park, where you will find the start of the Hogarth Falls walk. This is a gentle 40-50 minute stroll through the towering rainforest and along to the beautiful falls. Afterwards, continue along the waterfront to Regatta Point Station and pop into Tracks on Point for a burger or a quiet glass of wine.
Get your adventure on with our friends from King River Rafting and see the King River from a new perspective. The King For A Day tour is six hours of exhilarating nature and an enjoyable day out taking in native birdlife and ancient rainforest. It’s perfect for anyone with an average fitness level… Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an iron man or woman!