Tasmania - south west
Below is a list of all the pages on this website which concern places in the south west of Tasmania, including the highway to the west coast. See map at bottom of page for locations.
There are several scenic stops on the road crossing Tasmania to its west coast, but the one with the most extensive views is Donaghys Hill lookout. On a grey murky day you might see nothing. In clear weather the stunning views more than justify the interruption to the drive and the uphill climb.
Anyone venturing into Tasmania's southwest on the roads to Strathgordon or Scotts Peak Dam will be treated to some great views of Lake Pedder and surrounding mountains. Weather permitting of course. To really soak up the scenery and enjoy the sunrises and sunsets - or wait for weather to clear - an overnight stay is desirable. If you're in a campervan, caravan or tent, here are three campgrounds I can recommend.
Visitors to Queenstown in the west of Tasmania are often just passing through. But if time and weather allow it, a side trip along the Mt Jukes road can reveal some fantastic views of Tasmania's west coast wilderness
Nelson Falls is another example of a place which is close to a well-trodden route, but although popular it receives fewer visitors than it deserves. It sits just a ten minute walk (each way) from the highway between Hobart and Tasmania's west coast, but when I've been there, those who stop have been outnumbered by those passing by. For anyone who takes the time, the short walk through rainforest to a very attractive waterfall can be very rewarding.
Tasmania's southwest wilderness is largely untouched by humans and accessible only to serious hikers. However two hydroelectric roads penetrate into parts of it, allowing anyone in a conventional vehicle to get a taste of this rugged wilderness. Panoramas of the jagged Arthur and Frankland Ranges, Mt Anne and Lake Pedder can be had simply by driving up a gravel road.
Exploring roads less travelled need not be limited to going where the crowds don't. It can also include visiting popular places on the tourist trails, but doing so in the off season, and in conditions few get to experience. One such example is Tasmania's Lake St Clair, when snow is falling.
Its shape resembles the iconic Cradle Mountain, but most Tasmanian visitors drive past this under-appreciated mountain without seeing it or stopping.
If a power station museum doesn't sound like a must-see sightseeing attraction, then a visit to the Waddamana Power Station Museum might change your thinking. It's not like a museum, because it's a real hydroelectric power station - Tasmania's first - preserved as it was on the day it closed down. For a gadget lover who is curious about how things work, it can be surprisingly enchanting.
Location map - TAS south west
The symbols on this map mark the locations of places I've written about.
- Clicking on a symbol makes a label pop up
- Each label contains a link to my web page about that place