Welcome to the North West & Western Wilderness
This website has been created to provide visitors with information about activities, tours, cruises, accommodation and attractions in North West and Western Tasmania. Inspired by the unique wildlife and unspoilt natural scenery, a diverse group of tourism operators seeks to promote this region and hopes that the variety of attractions found in this area, will encourage travellers to explore this beautiful part of the world and discover its hidden treasures.
The north west and west coast have large tracts of wilderness which support rare and endangered wildlife, unusual geological formations and rich volcanic soils. The areas have some of Tasmania’s most prosperous farming lands, where basalt soils produce an amazing variety of fruit and vegetables, dairy and prime beef cattle, wilderness honey and valuable timber. The mineral-rich west coast provides a dynamic mining industry and the famous huon pine timber. The patchwork countryside to the north, is reminiscent of England and has earned itself a clean, green image due to a reliable rainfall, lack of pollution and the geographical isolation from the rest of Australia. The region is a scenic coastline of progressive towns and cities, where residents have access to affordable housing, breathe the cleanest air in the world, consume the freshest food on the planet and enjoy a healthy, relaxed lifestyle.
Tasmania is an archipelago of 334 islands and separated from the rest of Australia by the stormy waters of Bass Strait. In 1823, the English parliament granted 50,000 acres of land, to the newly-formed, Van Diemen’s Land Company, to open up the unexplored lands of the north west. The company made its headquarters at Stanley and today still farms large holdings at Woolnorth, in the far north west.
Further south is the spectacular scenery of the rugged west coast, with its rich history of penal settlements, timber logging and mining. Impenetrable rainforests line the banks of the tannin-stained Macquarie Harbour, where Strahan is the departure point for cruise boats on the Gordon River. It is also the terminal for the West Coast Wilderness 35kms railway excursion from Queenstown, which follows the line constructed by pioneers, a century ago.