Three Nights/Four Days
Day 1 – Travel to Strahan
Day 2 – Strahan
Start the day-long adventure with a cruise across the vast waterway of Macquarie Harbour to see ‘Hells Gates’ and the mighty Southern Ocean beyond, then down the tannin-dark Gordon River through the riches of the rainforest to a 2000 year old Huon Pine before a visit to Sarah Island for a vivid history of early convict heritage. Choose from a fishing excursion on the harbour, a scenic floatplane trip over the mighty Gordon and Franklin Rivers, or an exhilarating jet boat ride on the King River. For a change of pace drop in to a wood-turning workshop and fine art gallery to browse and shop for beautifully crafted native timber souvenirs and gifts. In the evening enjoy ‘The Ship That Never Was’, a dramatic re-enactment told in pantomime style of convict escape and intrigue that has become Australia’s longest running play.
Day 3 – Strahan
For something really different hop aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway and take a ‘totally wild’ trip across 40 bridges and over 35km of mountain ranges through dense rainforest and past cavernous gorges, rushing rivers and toy-town stations. Visit Ocean Beach where the Roaring Forties winds have crossed 20,000 kilometres of ocean to cleanse and purify Tasmania’s longest beach and in the evening, kick-back and enjoy a meal of local seafood, while watching the fishing boats laden with craypots dock at the wharf.
Day 4 – Depart Strahan
Depart Strahan, enriched and relaxed, with tales to tell and memories of magic.
Five Nights/Six Days
Day 1 – Travel to Lake St Clair
Special beyond words the sleeping water of Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, has pretty coves and beaches fringed by forest beneath the rugged magnificence of snow-capped peaks. A man-made marvel just down the road awaits at Derwent Bridge. The Wall in the Wilderness is a great carved frieze three metres high depicting rural life and history and is one of Australia’s most ambitious and satisfying art works. Incredible nature and unmissable art, side by side.Overnight – Derwent Bridge/Lake St Clair
Day 2 – To Cradle Mountain
Walk the wild side in the “wild west” setting of Queenstown with its movie set atmosphere of characterful nineteenth century pubs and brightly painted post office that has a growing artistic community drawn to the sculptural simplicity of its bare rock hills. Visit other towns rich in mining history – Tullah, Rosebery and Zeehan where the West Coast Pioneers museum across thirteen galleries exhibits exotic mineral crystals, flora and fauna and gives a fascinating account of past greatness, the vagaries of fortune and the spirit of resilience that lingers on.
Overnight – Cradle Mountain
Day 3 – Cradle Mountain
Towering above the lakes that adorn its base, Cradle Mountain is a must-see symbol of Tasmania with several choices for all levels of fitness to enjoy the experience. The popular Dove Lake Circuit walk is suitable for all ages while the 20-minute Enchanted Walk passes a cascading river, wombat burrows and magical old-growth forest. Fly over Cradle Mountain on a scenic charter flight or take a guided trail ride and experience the area on horseback. From the awe of the mountain to the intimacy of another icon, the Tasmanian devil, take a guided tour through the Devils@Cradle sanctuary for the transformative experience of being close to one of nature’s natural cuties.Overnight – Cradle Mountain
Day 4 – Cradle Mountain – Corinna
Picnic at the lookout and marvel at Waratah Falls that cascade over a cliff in Waratah’s centre before the drive along a white gravel road through buttongrass and forest to Corinna, at the southern edge of the Tarkine wilderness. Choose from a thirty minute boardwalk stroll along the Pieman River where displays identify local rainforest species, or a longer option to the Whyte River junction, for a safe and satisfying experience of the rainforest.Overnight – Corinna
Day 5 – Corinna
A day is hardly enough to explore this unique other world of forest and river whether by canoe and kayak, or the essential Corinna experience - the return trip in the river-cruiser on Arcadia II to Pieman Head where the wild west coast encounters the storm-wracked Southern Ocean on a spectacular white-sand beach. Incomparable Corinna - where nature is key.Overnight – Corinna
Day 6 – Depart Corinna
Depart Corrina remembering the Western Wilderness; a unique place where the bounty of nature and the wonder of the wild