3 Days West Coast and Convict Ghosts

Wilderness Railway / Nick Osborne

Strahan | Queenstown | New Norfolk

This 3-day journey will take you back in time in the Western Wilds – its boom and bust mining days, the stories behind Australia’s most hardened criminals and the unforgiving wilderness that refuses to be tamed.

Day 1

Moror boat on a river
Cruise the Gordon River / RACT Destinations

After spending the night at Strahan, start with a peaceful waterfront stroll. Interpretive signs along the esplanade tell stories of the convicts and pioneers who survived the harsh conditions on the remote west coast.

Join a cruise on the Gordon River for a journey into World Heritage-listed wilderness, or drive to the historic mining township of Zeehan and visit the Spray Tunnel – a 100-m long abandoned train tunnel that once led to the Spray Silver Mine.

Back in Strahan, join the audience for an interactive, family friendly theatre production based on the true story of a daring convict escape from notorious Sarah Island, before enjoying dinner at a local eatery.

Day 2

Building in a rainforest
Lake Margaret Power Station / The Unconformity

Head to Queenstown, home to many of the Western Wilds' weird and wonderful attractions. Check out the legendary gravel sports oval. You'll no doubt see the scars on the knees of some of the local sportspeople.

History buffs will revel in the abundance of local stories. For an exclusive, hosted experience, join a local tour of historic Lake Margaret township and power station. It's a real-life ghost town.

Queenstown is also home to a remarkable 35-km steam rail journey that snakes through the west's rugged wilderness to the coast at Strahan.

There's a range of historically fascinating and friendly places to stay in town.

Day 3

Large carved panels
Wall in the Wilderness / Brian Dullaghan

It's time to head for Hobart. Stop in at Derwent Bridge where a local artist is hand-carving a 100 metre storytelling wall from Huon pine. The artwork tells stories of life in the west – from Indigenous Tasmanian Aboriginals to the migrant Hydro workers and the miners. It's fascinating.

Nearby, Lake St Clair – Australia's deepest freshwater lake – marks the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

En-route to New Norfolk you'll enjoy some of the Western Wilds' most iconic vistas of rivers, mountains and valleys. Take your time to explore the local history and heritage of this farming community before following the River Derwent to Hobart.