Liffey Falls, on the Liffey River near Westbury.

The Western Wilderness

The South West Wilderness of Tasmania is a remote and inaccessible region containing unspoilt scenery, rugged peaks, wild rivers, unique flora and fauna, and a long and rugged coastline.

The Western Wilderness of Tasmania is one of Australia's most untouched and untamed regions. It’s a landscape of rugged mountains, deep valleys, and pristine lakes that have never been developed or disturbed by humans. The South West Wilderness is one of the most remote and inaccessible areas in Australia, parts of the wilderness are more than 50 km from the nearest road. No vehicular roads penetrate beyond the edges of the wilderness, so the only access to the south-west of the area is by foot, air or sea. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled holiday or just a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Western Wilderness will surely provide what you’re looking for. Let’s take a closer look at this incredible region.

The Landscape

The Western Wilderness is located in the western part of Tasmania, an island state off the coast of mainland Australia. This area is home to some of the world’s oldest forests, with trees that are thousands of years old. It also includes vast wetlands and mountain ranges, such as Mount Field National Park and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. These protected areas are home to many rare species of plants and animals — including many endangered species — that can only be found in this corner of the world.

Outdoor Activities

The Western Wilderness is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts as it offers plenty of activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, bird watching and more! There are countless trails for adventurers to explore or simply just enjoy nature in its rawest form. For those who prefer something less strenuous, there are plenty of spots to relax near lakeside beaches or take in breathtaking views from lookouts throughout the region.

National Parks & Reserves

The Southwest National Park is part of a continuous chain of five National Parks which cover almost a quarter of Tasmania’s land mass, including the Hartz Mountains National Park, the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. Together with a few other smaller parks and areas, form the World Heritage Area.

"Liffey Falls State Reserve is nestled within cool temperate rainforest on the slopes of the Great Western Tiers. Framed by the dominant species of Tasmania's cool temperate rainforests - myrtle, sassafrass and leatherwood. The Liffey Falls State Reserve was included within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 1989, a tribute to the globally significant value of the region."

Accommodations & Services

If you're planning on visiting the Western Wilderness you can find accommodations ranging from rustic cabins to luxury hotels. You'll also find restaurants serving up local specialties like seafood dishes prepared with ingredients caught right off Tasmania’s coastline! In addition, there are many tour operators offering all sorts of experiences in the area such as guided hikes and boat rides through some of its most iconic sites like Wineglass Bay or Lake Pedder National Park.

Check the Weather

The area is subject to snow, ice, strong winds, heavy fog and cloud cover at any time of year, but especially in the mid-year months, which means any trip into the wilderness should be taken with caution. The superb views are regularly obscured by low level cloud and potentially dangerous weather occurs because the wilderness fronts the wild Southern Ocean.

No matter what kind of experience you're looking for in your travels around Tasmania's beautiful wilderness areas, you'll be sure to find it here! The rugged terrain provides ample opportunities for adventurers seeking a challenge while picturesque views give those seeking relaxation an unforgettable experience. From cozy accommodations to delicious dining options—there's something for everyone to enjoy when exploring Tasmania's wild western frontier!



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  • Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
    Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
    Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with Cradle Mountain being its crown jewel.
  • Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
    Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
    Bruny Island is a popular day trip from Hobart, the north is flat grazing land and the south is hilly and heavily timbered.
  • Bridport
    Bridport
    Bridport is known for its excellent fishing - scallop, trout and lobster, its wonderful beaches and fantastic holiday atmosphere.
  • Port Arthur
    Port Arthur
    Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula.
  • Campbell Town
    Campbell Town
    Campbell Town is located about half way between Hobart and Launceston & well known for it's heritage buildings.
  • Coles Bay
    Coles Bay
    Coles Bay is a small town gateway to The Hazards, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula with a small population of 110.
  • Freycinet Peninsula
    Freycinet Peninsula
    Freycinet Peninsula is well known for its white sand beaches and the most beautiful clean water in Tasmania.
Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder

Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with Cradle Mountain being its crown jewel.

Tasmania - Overview
About Tasmania

Tasmania is an ideal destination for self-drive holidays, with endless reasons to stop, explore and create an itinerary as you travel.

Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
Bruny Island / Adventure Bay

Bruny Island is a popular day trip from Hobart, the north is flat grazing land and the south is hilly and heavily timbered.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur

Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula.

Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Peninsula

Freycinet Peninsula is well known for its white sand beaches and the most beautiful clean water in Tasmania.

Campbell Town
Campbell Town

Campbell Town is located about half way between Hobart and Launceston & well known for it's heritage buildings.

Tasmania Surf Spots
Tasmania Surf Spots

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Bridport
Bridport

Bridport is known for its excellent fishing - scallop, trout and lobster, its wonderful beaches and fantastic holiday atmosphere.

Coles Bay
Coles Bay

Coles Bay is a small town gateway to The Hazards, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula with a small population of 110.


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