Why to travel Tasmania’s West Coast?
Tasmania has long been the place to go in Australia if you’re after something a little different. This stunning island off the southern coast is artsy, peaceful and has a wild heart. And its the West Coast that truly sums up why visitors love the island so much. Stunning natural wonders are to be found at every turn. From the tallest waterfalls to the deepest lakes, incredible wildlife and a rich cultural history. Find our tips on how to travel the Wild Tasmania’s West Coast!
Montezuma Falls – stunning, mist laden waterfalls you can’t miss
One of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania, the stunning Montezuma Falls is over 100m high and a top sight on your Tasmania’s west coast itinerary. Located near Rosebury up at the north end of the coast, Montezuma Falls is located at the end of a hiking trail which climbs its ways through a pristine rainforest of myrtle and giant ferns. Huge amounts of freezing water crash into the rocks below every day and the mist given off by the falls creates an otherwordly atmosphere. The creek at the base of the falls was once crossed by a wooden bridge which eventually collapsed, leaving behind derelict timbers covered in moss and rusty nuts and bolts. This beautiful yet eerie place is an absolute must when you travel Tasmania’s wild west.
Strahan – sweet town with a dark past
Tasmania, like much of Australia, has a complex history and one of the best places to learn about some of is darker moments is the seaside town of Strahan. This sweet spot was built on the banks of the Macquarie Harbour and has waterside cafes, shopping and lots of history. Tasmania was once governed by the British Empire and nearby Sarah Island played host to a notorious prison with a fierce reputation for violence and dangerous convicts from overseas. Thankfully, these days its more about relaxing and enjoying the serenity, but Strahan is still a fascinating place to learn more about Tasmania’s past.
Mount Field National Park – Tassie’s first national park
Mount Field National Park is famous for being Tasmania’s first official national park, and, when you start exploring the area, it’s easy to see why it has been protected for as long as it has. The park is a haven for native wildlife such as the rarely seen platypus and endemic bird species, so keep your eyes peeled. Russell Falls is another beautiful sight and reached via an easy hike through the ancient forest. This park is one of the best on the island and a must do for hikers and nature lovers.
Tassie is a stunning island that can feel like a world apart from mainland Australia, in all the best ways. Let us know what you found best about your travel in the wild Tasmania’s West Coast.