Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne
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3 Day Trip

Western Wilds – 3 days Strahan to Hobart

This 3-day journey will take you back in time in the west coast – its boom and bust mining days, the stories behind Australia’s most hardened criminals and the unforgiving wilderness that refuses to be tamed.
Day 1


After spending the night at Strahan Village, start with a peaceful waterfront stroll. Interpretive signs along the esplanade tell stories of the convicts and pioneers who survived the harsh conditions on the remote west coast.

Join Gordon River Cruises for a journey into World Heritage-listed wilderness, or drive to the historic mining township of Zeehan and visit the Spray Tunnel – a 100-metre-long abandoned train tunnel that once led to the Spray Silver Mine.

Back in Strahan, watch The Ship That Never Was – an interactive, family friendly theatre production based on the true story of a daring convict escape from notorious Sarah Island, before enjoying dinner at Bushman’s Café.

An actor engages with members of the audience during a play
Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
The Ship that Never Was - The Round Earth Company

Day 2

Strahan to Queenstown

Head to Queenstown, home to many of the west coasts’ weird and wonderful attractions. Check out the legendary gravel sports oval. You’ll no doubt see the scars on the knees of some of the local sportspeople.

History buffs will revel in the self-guided tour of the Paragon Theatre. Or for a hosted experience, join the enthusiastic guides at RoamWild for a tour of Lake Margaret Power Station. It’s a real-life ghost town.

Queenstown is also home to the West Coast Wilderness Railway, a remarkable 35-kilometre rail journey that snakes through the West’s rugged wilderness to the coast at Strahan.

National Trust listed Penghana Bed and Breakfast is an historically fascinating and friendly place to stay.

four small abandoned and deteriorating homes
Rob Burnett
Lake Margaret

Day 3

Queenstown To Hobart

It’s time to head for Hobart. Stop in at Derwent Bridge where artist Greg Duncan is hand-carving The Wall in the Wilderness on Huon pine. The carvings tell a story of life in the west – from the Indigenous inhabitants to the migrant Hydro workers and the miners. It’s fascinating.

A man looking a wall made up of wood carvings depicting local history
Tourism Tasmania & Brian Dullaghan
The Wall in the Wilderness

Nearby, Lake St Clair – Australia’s deepest freshwater lake – marks the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
En-route to New Norfolk you’ll enjoy some of Tasmania’s most iconic vistas of rivers, mountains and valleys. Take your time to explore the local history and heritage of this farming community before following the River Derwent to Hobart.

Availability of experiences in this itinerary may be subject to opening times, seasonal operation or booking requirements. Please call ahead to plan each day.