7 Days Journey into the Western Wilds

Road into Queenstown / Ollie Khedun

Cradle Mountain | Waratah | Corinna | Tullah | Queenstown | Derwent Bridge | New Norfolk

Immerse yourself in our 7-day journey into the rugged Western Wilds. Experience its remote beauty as a standalone trip to Tasmania or as part of a bigger Tasmanian adventure.

Day 1

Man walking through a forest
Walking at Cradle Mountain / Jason Charles Hill

After spending the night at Cradle Mountain, it's time to experience one of Tasmania's most iconic landscapes. You can pick up a delicious packed lunch at the Visitor Centre before venturing into the World Heritage-listed wilderness.

There's a range of walks that cater to all tastes and abilities: from the 10-min, wheelchair accessible Pencil Pine Falls and Rainforest Walk near the Interpretation Centre, to day-long alpine circuits for the experienced and super-adventurous. (Think of the cube-shaped ‘surprises' on the trails as welcome gifts from the wombat locals!)

In the late afternoon, head to Waratah. The town's heritage-listed hotel boasts a wood fire and some of Tassie's finest local tipples.

Day 2

Waterfall
Philospher Falls / Jess Bonde

Waratah was once home to the largest tin mine in the world and its unique charm is a treat for morning walkers. If you stayed at the pub, you're right across the road from Waratah Falls. Yes, a waterfall in the middle of town.

Stock up on supplies at the local roadhouse before heading to Philosopher Falls. The easy 90-min return walk to the base of the falls is sure to inspire further adventures into the takayna / Tarkine region.

The historic mining settlement of Corinna has re-emerged as a remote eco-tourim haven. After your drive from Waratah, enjoy a drink and meal on-site before settling in for the night.

Day 3

Steam boat on a river
Arcadia II, Pieman River / Rob Burnett

After a dawn walk (or kicking back and digging into a book), take to the Pieman River aboard an historic, 17-m vessel built from Huon pine. Keep an eye out for specimens of Huon pine along the river's edge, some of which are over 3,000 years old. Tasmania's Western Wilds is the only place on earth where these incredible trees stand.

Later in the afternoon, hire a kayak and explore the network of local rivers with the support of staff at Corinna. And when the sun finally sets, head to the bar and restaurant for a drink and another hearty meal. The food is great and you're on holidays, right?

Day 4

Peson on rock looking out to sea
Trial Harbour / Paul Fleming

Head out early, crossing the Pieman River aboard the Fatman barge before making your way to Trial Harbour. There's a winding gravel road part of the way, but the landscape will make up for it with button grass and craggy coastal panoramas.

Explore the historic mining township of Zeehan - nicknamed ‘Silver City' - it was once Tasmania's third largest town. Rosebery is not far away and the walk to Montezuma Falls is worth it. It's Tasmania's highest and arguably most majestic waterfall.

For a peaceful night's sleep, stay in Tullah – a small town located on the edge of Lake Rosebery.

Day 5

Main street of a country town
Queenstown / Flow Mountain Bike

If you can escape the clutches of your comfy bed, sunrise chasers may well be treated to a magnificent dance of fog on Lake Rosebery.

The drive south to Queenstown is a journey through the west's epic mountainous landscapes.

In the afternoon, either head over to Strahan for a crazy ATV adventure at nearby Henty Dunes, or stay in Queenstown for an exclusive and spectacular sunset tour of Mount Owen.

After a big day of adventure, it's time to rest your head in Queenstown.

Day 6

Two men fishing in a lake
Fly fishing at Lake Burbury / Samuel Shelley

Grab another coffee before heading east on the Lyell Highway to Lake Burbury. This place is known for its legendary Tasmanian wild trout, so fishing enthusiasts might want to pack their rods.

Stop for lunch in Derwent Bridge. (There are plenty of family-friendly wilderness tracks at nearby Lake St Clair if you need to walk off the food!)

Stay overnight in New Norfolk and enjoy a twilight paddle on the River Derwent – you might even spot a platypus.

Day 7

Looking across a river to a town
River Derwent, New Norfolk / Stu Gibson Photography

Spend the morning exploring the peaceful town of New Norfolk, enjoying views of the snaking river, soaring mountains and fertile agricultural valleys.

The third oldest settlement in Tasmania, New Norfolk is teeming with historic buildings – including one of Australia's oldest pubs and the oldest Anglican church.

Collect some provisions and find yourself a riverside location to enjoy a local lunch before heading back to Hobart or continuing your Tasmanian adventure.