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West Coast Tasmania Main Attractions


Heemskirk Motor Hotel
The Heemskirk Motor Hotel, located in Zeehan, West Coast Tasmania, is centrally located on the West Coast just 40 mins to Strahan and 30 mins to Queenstown.
This makes Zeehan an ideal base for the adventurous traveller wanting to discover this area of natural beauty.

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Pioneer Museum

The Zeehan School of Mines and Metallurgy was established in 1892 and ran courses in geology, assaying and surveying. Today it has been converted into the Zeehan Museum. It is a fascinating museum which offers the visitor an excellent overview of the history of the west coast of Tasmania from convict days through to the modern mining towns..

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Tarkine Rain Forest

The Tarkine contains pristine rain forest about 1,800 km˛ and eucalypt forest about 400 km˛, a number of wild rivers, exposed mountains, magnesite cave systems and extensive coastal head lands. There are also large sand dune areas extending several kilometres inland. Some of these contain ancient Aboriginal middens. The main rain forest tree species are Myrtle Beech and Southern Sassafras; in the understory Soft Tree Fern is very conspicuous.

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Pieman River

Corinna is an historic mining town, set in ancient rain forest on the banks of the majestic Pieman River in western Tasmania. Corinna is, as the eagle flies, 60 km north of Strahan, 70 km west of Cradle Mountain and 12 km from the wild west coast. It sits at the south end of the Tarkine - the largest temperate rain forest in Australia

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Franklin River

The Franklin River lies in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park at the mid northern area of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Its source is situated at the western edge of the Central Highlands and it continues west towards the West Coast of Tasmania

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Gordon River Cruises

How could any visit to Tasmania be complete without a cruise on the world-famous Gordon River? The fight to save this natural treasure in the early 1980's attracted international attention and support. It's not hard to understand why.

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Queenstown

The mountains surrounding Queenstown have unusual pink and grey hues that come from the conglomerate rocks on the two most adjacent mountains - Mount Lyell and Mount Owen.

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Strahan

Historically Strahan has been a port to a small fishing fleet that braves the west coast conditions and Hell's Gates. Now days it's the port for Gordon River Cruises and other wilderness tours.

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Wilderness Railway

The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a steam train journey through mountainous Tasmanian wilderness from Queenstown to Strahan and return. Tours depart daily.

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Henty Dunes

20 minutes drive south of Zeehan are the Henty Dunes. A vast expanse of sand dunes extending several kilometres inland. Pine plantations have attempted to stop the migration of the dunes inland. Despite a misconception, Tasmania can get quite hot in summer.

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Nelson Falls

Along the boardwalk to Nelson Falls you will come across interpretation panels highlighting the ancient plants you see along the way, including at least seven species of fern. Among the forest trees you will discover ancient species that once dominated the Australian landmass, but are now confined to the wetter regions of Tasmania and southeast and eastern mainland Australia.

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Rosebery

is a mining town on the west coast of Tasmania. It is situated at the northern end of the West Coast Range, in the shadow of Mount Black and adjacent to the Pieman River now Lake Pieman.

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Tullah

It was originally a mining town called Mount Farrell. It was later used as a hydroelectric power scheme construction town during the making of the Pieman Scheme, but is now mainly a community at the edge of the Pieman River Dam and a fishing location. Prior to adequate roads being built in the area, it was serviced by the Wee Georgie Wood Railway under its earlier name of the North Farrell Tramway.

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Montezuma Falls

Situated just south of Rosebery, the car park near the old Williamsford township is the place to start. One of the best walks on the West Coast should not be missed. A 3 hour return walk along an old tramway through delightful rain forest is the reward for the stroll.

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Trial Harbour

A 30 minute drive along a good gravel road through rain forest and button grass plains. This coastal hamlet has magnificent beaches, fishing and a spectacular view available from the surrounding hills. There are no shops or facilities.

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Reece Dam

35 minute drive along a sealed road brings you to the 120 metre high rock fill damn. The road continues on over the dam face and spillway rejoining the Murchison Highway near Tullah.

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Cradle Mountain

There are many superb short walks from the centre and the Dove Lake car park, 14 km further on. It is also the northern gateway to the Overland Track linking Cradle Valley to Lake St Clair, 4 - 5 days walk.



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