Getting to know the west coast

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You may have spent time in Hobart or even travelled to Cradle Mountain, but did you know that there are also plenty of things to see and do on the west coast?

Along with a rich mining and convict history, the area between Strahan and the Arthur River is also a gateway to the World Heritage Wilderness Area, famous Gordon River, Hells Gates, Sarah Island and Macquarie Harbour.

But for those who are keen to head off the beaten track and really get to know the regions and the people who call them home, you will want to explore the small towns and communities that have come to define the west coast.

Rosebery and Tullah were once bustling metropolises and home to thousands of miners who were in Tasmania to find their fortune. These days things are a little quieter, but you can still catch a glimpse of that bygone era when you walk the main streets or stop off for a coffee at one of its quality cafes.

Nature lovers won’t be disappointed with a trip to Rosebery either due primarily to the fact that the tiny town is just a stones throw from Montezuma Falls – the tallest waterfall in the whole of Tasmania and a natural wonder in its own right.

Anyone travelling to the west coast from Hobart will want to make a beeline for Queenstown. While larger than the other destinations, it still has an old-world charm to its neighbourhoods that is sure to make you want to visit again.

Another popular destination is Zeehan – which is similar to Queenstown in terms of its mining history, but with a distinctive character of its own. The West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum will help you get to know more about the community’s past.

054 Gordon River Scott Sporleder

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