Activities and Destinations for Your West Coast Encounter

Tasmania’s raw and rugged West Coast is a hidden gem offering an abundance of breathtaking nature activities and charming historic townships with friendly, charismatic locals. A visit to the state wouldn’t be complete without pencilling in at least a few days to explore this untamed and heritage-rich region. Don’t miss out on these activities on your west coast getaway:

Gordon River Cruise

Take an award-winning cruise on the still and reflective waters of the Gordon River in Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage area. The cruise departs regularly from the historic township of Strahan and glides across scenic Macquarie Harbour. Venture through the narrow entrance of Hells Gates, past a lonesome lighthouse and fish farms that produce some of the world’s finest salmon and ocean trout. Encounter what was once a unique penal colony on Sarah Island and walk among convict ruins learning stories of the convicts and soldiers that once lived and worked on the island. For the ultimate experience, choose a full day cruise offering a mouth-watering buffet lunch. Don’t forget your camera!

West Coast Wilderness Railway

The recently re-launched West Coast Wilderness Railway is arguably one of the best experiences in the wild west. This scenic half-day train ride departs from idyllic Queenstown Station and travels into the steep grades of the rack and pinion that this part of the world is known for. Along the way, sit back, relax and listen to your guide tell you riveting stories of the railway and its charismatic past.


Once known as the world’s richest mining town, Queenstown is an attraction itself with a unique terrain. As you enter into the town, you’ll navigate down a steep track offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Experience unbeatable vistas from Ironblow Lookout, wander past historic buildings including the Grand Main Hotel with its iconic blackwood staircase or take a fascinating mine tour to learn of the town’s rich past.


Strahan might just be the West Coast’s most scenic town with charming historic buildings, an abundance of artisan stores and prime food and wine experiences. Spend a day wandering around the town and sampling local delights before exploring the surrounding area including rugged Ocean Beach and Hogarth falls just a short half hour walk from the town centre.


Zeehan was once Tasmania’s third largest town and in its prime years was known as “Silver City” due to the lead and silver that was discovered in the late nineteenth century by Frank Long. While you’re in town, don’t miss out on a visit to charming Gaity Theatre where Australia’s first opera star was rumoured to have performed. Other notable attractions in the area include the West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum and Spray Tunnel, a unique keyhole shaped tram tunnel. Explore the West Coast by camper to experience Tasmania’s wild heart.


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