THE WEST COAST
Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rain forest and alpine heath lands, buttongrass and stands of colourful deciduous beech provide a range of environments to explore. Icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife ensure there is always something to captivate you. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. A visit will reveal why.
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INFORMATION CENTRE it is recommended that you stop at the information centre at Cradle Mountain. From here you can buy your permit to go up the mountain and the shuttle bus also departs from here.
Click above for the Cradle Mountain Webcam
The webcam still image is updated every 30 minutes between 7am and 7pm every day.
Strahan lies at the northern edge of the wild, savage and unspoiled beauty of Macquarie Harbour. It is the last town on Tasmania's West Coast and one of the loneliest and most isolated places on the planet. The British brought their most hardened criminals to Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour and the result was a penal colony of unimaginable hardship.
At various earlier times the 'port' had been known as Long Bay and Regatta Point but in 1877 it became the port for the tin mines at Mount Heemskirk. It was named Strahan after Major George Strahan who was the Governor of Tasmania from 1881-86.
are available on the Gordon River. There are two operators who can take you out on a boat ride to discover the natural wonders of the Gordon River.
For Gordon River Cruise information please click here.
For World Heritage Cruise information please click here.
QUAD BIKE TOURS
are available at Strahan and we highly recommend taking the time to do it. The Henty Dunes are fantastic and the scenery is just stunning. For more information please click here.
Queenstown, the largest town on Tasmania's West Coast, is surrounded by dramatic hills and mountains and 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.
HISTORY: Queenstown's history has long been tied to the mining industry. This mountainous area was first explored in 1862. It was long after that when alluvial gold was discovered at Mount Lyell, prompting the formation of the Mount Lyell Gold Mining Company in 1881. In 1892, the mine began searching for copper.
WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY: Step back in history as you board a majestic steam train and journey deep into the heritage of the Tasmanian wilderness and hear tales of resilience and triumph over rugged terrain, hardship and adversity. Much more than a railway journey within a wilderness setting, the West Coast Wilderness Railway is a heritage experience that will touch your soul.
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THE PARAGON THEATRE has been restored and operating since July 2017. This gem of history was built in 1933 with a capacity to house 1150 people. For information on tours and movie sessions please click here.
WHITE WATER RAFTING: King for the Day is an exhilarating full day rafting experience through the lush wilderness of the West Coast's temperate rain forest. This 20 km journey down the King River is Tasmania's only regular one day wilderness rafting trip and a highlight of any visit to Tasmania's West Coast.
For more information on this trip please click here.
Zeehan, a mining town on Tasmania's West Coast, was named after the Dutch explorer Abel Janzoon Tasman's ship, the Zeehaen.
HISTORY: Zeehan was established as a mining field, then as a town after the Zeehan-Dundas silver-lead deposits were found in 1882 by Frank Long. Mount Zeehan Post Office opened on 1 August 1888 and was renamed Zeehan in 1890. The peak period for mining was up to the first World War, though lead mining continued on up to 1963 at mines such as the Montana and Oceana. The population of Zeehan-Dundas peaked at 10,000 about 1910, over ten times the current population.
HERITAGE MUSEUM: From Mines and Memories to Trains and Treasures, the West Coast Heritage Centre offers a unique insight into the history of the West Coast of Tasmania and gives visitors a comprehensive experience and understanding of the heritage of the area, adding value and significance to your visit to this beautiful region of Tasmania.
SPRAY TUNNEL: In 1901 the Argent tramway was extended by the British Zeehan Silver Mining Company, a tunnel was made through a hill south of the Zeehan Golf Course to access the Spray mine. The company purchased a small locomotive, a 10 ton Kerr Stuart called “Spray”. It was used to transport ore from the Spray Mine to the smelters south of Zeehan on the tramway until the Spray Mine closed in 1913. The Spray Tunnel is an unusual ‘keyhole’ shaped tunnel, said to be the result of the top part of the tunnel having been enlarged to allow the passage of the huge steam boilers that were brought through the tunnel to the mine.
Today you can walk through the tunnel and see the old silver mine and can even see glow worms on the ceiling occasionally.
Nestled deep within a secret valley, Rosebery is dominated by mining and surrounded by a striking landscape of dense forest and the volcanic mountains of the West Coast Range.
HISTORY: In 1893, prospector Tom McDonald discovered gold in alluvial wash, along with boulders of zinc-lead sulphide in dense rain forest on the slopes of Mount Black. McDonald pegged several claims in the name of the Rosebery Prospecting Association (named after Lord Rosebery), which later became the Rosebery Gold Mining Company. The South Rosebery Mining Company was formed soon after to mine the southern continuation of the ore body.
MONTEZUMA FALLS is Tasmania's highest waterfall at 104m. The track to the falls begins at Williamsford, two kilometres south of Rosebery. See above section on walks for further information.