With so many things to do and see here on the west coast of Tasmania, we recommend taking a few days to explore the region. Whilst COVID has certainly made things a little more difficult for some businesses, many of our famous short (and longer!) walks and activities are ready and waiting for your feet to start exploring.
Along with a journey along the rails with us, here are some extra recommendations and local secrets to keep you coming back again and again.
Discover the story of Sarah Island's convict past in The Ship That Never Was with story teller Kiah Davey. The play is renowned as Australia's longest running play and is an extraordinary tale of risk and reward as a group of convicts plan their escape from the island. This is a fun night, guaranteed to leave you smiling!
Join Anthony Coulson of RoamWild on a guided tour through ancient forests to discover old mining relics amongst the world famous Huon and King Billy Pine trees. Photographers will rejoice in this stunning landscape full of lichens, ferns, mosses and fungi while history buffs will relish walking through abandoned gold and copper mines. This tour truly has something for everyone!
Let Paul and Michele Steane from King River Rafting take you on an adventure down the King River during the rafting season from early October. Whether you're keen to be king (or queen) for the day on a full day rafting experience, or you'd prefer to combine your rail journey with a rafting encounter, be sure to check out the range of tours and options Paul and Michele have available.
Cruise the Gordon River through the South West Wilderness World Heritage Area. Two companies offer cruises that take in the astounding beauty of the Gordon River and convict history of Sarah Island.
Discover the amazing story of the Huon Pine, one of the most precious and valuable timbers on earth at Tasmanian Special Timbers in Strahan. With seven generations in the timber industry, the team at Tasmanian Special Timbers have been providing Tasmania's speciality timbers, such as Huon and King Billy Pines for longer than any other company in the world. Visit their store to peruse their selection and learn the stories of many a piece of locally sourced timber.
Take a walk amongst the wilderness. Whether you're after a short walk (try Queenstown's Horsetail Falls - spectacular after some rain), a wander through an old miner's tunnel, joined by hundreds of glow worms (check out Spray Tunnel just outside Zeehan) or have an afternoon to spare (Montezuma Fall's in Rosebery is a must!), you should squeeze in at least one walk while you're here.
Serious mountain bikers will want to try their hand on the Mt Owen trail network. The network is a series of adrenalin pumping, high altitude trails with some serious downhills. Keep your eyes on the trail and try not to be distracted by that view... (language warning on the video below)
With a few extra days and an adventurous spirit, you might like to explore the Tarkine region. Whilst this region is not a national park, many find its mix of temperate rainforest, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, wild rivers and rugged coastlines simply magical. Rich in history and heritage, including a strong connection with Tasmanian Aborigines today, this region has so much to offer the intrepid traveller.
Our local art scene might come as a surprise to some, but this part of the world has attracted many a reclusive artist, writer and maker - and not so reclusive! Explore street-side galleries, town murals and makers workshops found across the region. Perhaps the jewel in the crown is the bi-ennial festival, The Unconformity.
Discover more to do in Tasmania's Western Wilds