Tasmania’s West Coast is one of the world’s wettest and most scenically beautiful wilderness regions. Mostly consisting of almost impenetrable forests much of it can only be experienced on foot and the region is extremely popular as a bush walking destination. The only area accessible by road is through the towns of Queenstown and Strahan and they provide a jumping off point for ferry cruise into the wilderness region via the Gordon and Franklin river systems. These two rivers provide the only place for tourists to be able to travel into this region and experience one of Tasmania’s major attractions. You can go just for a day or you can cruise for several days in absolute luxury aboard magnificent floating hotels such as Discovery.
South from the Gordon and Franklin river systems you will find the windswept and isolated Macquarie Harbour. This region is generally only visited by the hardiest of bush walkers and crayfish fishermen and the balance of the West Coast is inhospitable and generally unvisited. It should be an essential part of your Tasmanian itinerary to visit this region and see as much of it as you can as places like this, on earth, are rare indeed. There are a number of accommodation options in both Queenstown and Strahan and you will find some thing to suit almost every budget.
Historically, Strahan was the location of a large copper mine and the surrounding countryside has been denuded of almost all vegetation as a result of pollution from the smelter. This has left an eerie moon like atmosphere over the surrounding country side. Some areas are now starting to regenerate.
Our friendly staff are only too happy to assist you to make the necessary arrangements to visit this special area. Please send us an email or call our office on 1800 815 378 from within Australia or +61 7 4128 6607 if you are overseas.