Wilderness and Wildlife Tasmania’s North West

Wilderness and Wildlife Tasmanias North West and Western Wilderness

Tasmania’s North-West and West Coast provide stunning gateways to beautiful wilderness; featuring scenic coastal drives, food and wine tasting trails, world heritage-listed national parks, and spectacular nature reserves.

We explored a few of the North West’s unique attractions, unlocking the secrets this unique coastal area has to offer.


A harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past, Strahan is the ultimate holiday destination. Nestled on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Strahan features breathtaking landscapes, from wild salty beaches, to the leafy rainforest of the Gordon River.

Gordon River Strahan

World Heritage Cruise

Experience the Gordon River first-hand, with a World Heritage Cruise. Tasmania is renowned for its wild beauty and the Gordon River is no exception. Become totally immersed in the landscape, as you cruise past the rugged mountain ranges of Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed South West Wilderness National Park.  The enthralling journey will take you through Hell’s Gates, and past Sarah Island, a notorious convict prison.

Not only is the cruise visually spectacular, it’s also popular for its broad knowledge of local history. Travel through the centuries-old forests, and try to visualise the convicts, who battled the dense bushland with their bare hands.

Cruises are available morning and afternoon, so get your sea legs ready. If you travel in the winter months, expect a light dusting of snow to cover the surrounding peaks. Let the crisp air kiss your face, as you experience the wilderness first-hand.

Find more information on the World Heritage Cruises here .

Sarah Island Strahan

Image provided by Tourism Tasmania & Graham Freeman

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

Nestled at the northern-end of Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is a must-see natural attraction.

Unlike Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart, which is renowned for its height and size, Cradle Mountain is dramatic because of its unusual shape. Scan your eyes across Dove Lake on a still day, to see Cradle Mountain reflected on its surface.

There are many beautiful walks available, ranging from gentle strolls, to more difficult tracks. The park boasts a rich habitat, so keep your eyes peeled for native animals, including echidnas, quolls, and multiple bird species.

The trek around Dove Lake is one of Tasmania’s premier walks. Featuring a boardwalk for the majority of the trip, take in the diverse landscape, and gaze up at the towering spires of Cradle Mountain.

Unsure which walk will best suit you? A handy tool is the app ’60 Great Short Walks’ created by Parks and Wildlife. Find it here.

Top tip: Come prepared with warm clothes and wet weather gear.

Want to experience Tasmanian wild-life firsthand? Look no further than the Devils@Cradle Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary.

Lake Dove and Cradle Mountain

Image provided by Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman


Devils@Cradle is a unique Tasmanian conservation facility, which houses Eastern quolls, Spotted-tail quolls, and Tasmanian Devils. View the animals from the comfort of the Visitors Centre, or enjoy a personalised tour, which allows you to have a close encounter with a Tasmanian devil.

The conservation facility promotes education about the endangered species- learn about their lifecycles, and the deadly Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

For more information on the Devil Sanctuary, click here.

Tasmanian Devil

Image provided by Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett

Cradle Coast Tasting Trail

It’s impossible to truly enjoy Tasmania, without sampling our fine, local produce. The Cradle Coast Tasting Trail is designed specifically to reveal the delicacies our North-West region has to offer.

Use their interactive map and itineraries, available here to unlock the wide range of treats the tasting trail has to offer. With sweet treats, fine wines, fresh produce, farm stalls, and food festivals, there is something to please every palate.

Food always tastes better when consumed overlooking a gorgeous backdrop. Create your own itinerary to suit your personal preferences: experience Ashgrove Cheese’s paddock-to-plate dairy, or visit Barringwood Vineyard and Cellar Door, to sample their fine Pinot Noir’s, while overlooking the Don Valley.

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Looking for somewhere to stay?

Innkeepers feature a range of accommodation options on Tasmania’s North West Coast, from cosy lodges at Cradle Mountain, or picturesque apartments at Strahan. View your options here or call our friendly staff on 1300 130 269.


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