The West Coast is the gateway to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area, one of Australia's last true wilderness frontiers. In Tasmania's west are some of the world's most beautiful and unforgettable natural wonders. With its rugged mountains, ancient rain forests and heath, the Tasmanian wilderness is a place of spectacular beauty and breathtaking scenery. Yet, despite its remoteness, visitors can still enjoy the best of Tasmania's quality accommodation and fine dining. The largest coastal town is Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour and close to Sarah Island - once the harshest penal colony settlements in Australia. The inland population centres of
The development of Queenstown and the West Coast are featured in more than 900 photographs displayed in the 23 rooms of this museum. The photographs were collected and the museum established by Mr Eric Thomas. There are also items of household equipment and personal effects, old documents, coins, cameras from the 1930s, early theatre projectors, antique mantel clocks, a collection of kerosene lamps, medallions, badges and chinaware. Extensive Royal Family Memorabilia collection from Queen Victoria to the present. Watch the video on Mount Lyell, Queenstown and the Abt (West Coast Wilderness) Railway while enjoying a refreshing cuppa.
Lake Mackintosh is five kilometres from Tullah in Tasmania's west and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region. The lake and surrounding country is magnificent with myrtle, sassafras and eucalypt forests along with native ferns growing almost to the lake's edge. Like all Hydro Tasmania lakes, Lake Mackintosh is stocked with brown and rainbow trout and a great place to go fishing with several boat ramps available on the lake. Lake Macintosh is also a terrific place to enjoy a picnic or barbecue on the shore. There are several easy bush walking tracks around the lake or