Tasmania’s West Coast Secrets

While Tasmania may not be recognised for snow skiing like areas of Victoria or even New Zealand, it does offer amazing winter escapes with a host of incredible experiences to match.

A Tasmanian winter does not mean snowstorms and ice cold conditions everyday, in fact, by many standards, Tasmanian winters are relatively mild compared to the winters of North American or European countries.

Winter days in Tasmania are generally bright, crisp and clear. Perfect weather to throw on an extra coat and explore some of the many amazing attractions the state has to offer.

And when it comes to winter, our alpine and wild west coast come to life.

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake are Tasmania’s winter pin-up must see destinations. These iconic locations are part of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park and are approximately 4.5 hours drive from Hobart and around 2 hours from Launceston.

Cradle Mountain’s dolerite peaks soar over 1500 metres, but you don’t have to be an avid mountain climber to enjoy what this location offers. There are great walks to enjoy, ranging from 20 mins through to multi-day walks.

The Cradle Mountain Lodge, one of Tasmania’s most well know accommodation destinations offers over 20 self guided walking options, including some that leave directly from the property itself!

A must is the Dove Lake circuit walk is a short 6km flat gravel and duckboard track that takes in button grass plains, sandy beaches, crystal clear streams and the amazing Ballroom Forest. Depending on the day and the weather, you will even get great views of the spires of Cradle Mountain. For the more adventurous, Marion’s Lookout could be a better option.

When the temperature drops in the evening, warm log fires and romantic evenings in enjoying some of Tasmania’s finest winter fair and perhaps a glass of Gluhwein.

The Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village is another great accommodation option that puts you close to wild river cruises, lavender farms and the opportunity to come face to face with Tasmania’s most well known ambassador, the Tasmanian Devil. A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without this experience and a photo or two to prove it.

But there is so much more to do depending on your preference of activities. Night wildlife tours, fishing, fresh food producers and perhaps a bit of mountain biking are all on offer close to quality accommodation options.

Just over two hours away is Tasmania’s west coast town of Strahan. This fishing and pioneering mining village has become an integral part of any trip to Tasmania.

Strahan is the home to many fantastic experiences such as Gordon River Cruises, The West Coast Wilderness Railway, scenic helicopter flights, jet boats and fishing charters. All great ways to experience the Tasmanian World Heritage Area, an untouched wilderness uninhabited by man.

Tours detail the areas penal and mining heritage including Sarah Island which operated between 1822 and 1833 and was known as one Australia’s harshest penal settlements. The area is also famous for pining, the logging of Tasmania’s incredible boat building timber, the Huon Pine.

Then there are the natural wonders such as the pounding surf of Ocean Beach where the sand stretches for 38km and waves slam onto the shore from as far away as South America. Or travel to Hell’s Gate, a narrow channel entrance to Macquarie Harbour, a harbour with a water volume some six times greater than Sydney Harbour.

A minimum of 2 to 3 days is required in this area alone to be able to fully appreciate what is on offer.

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