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Travel guide West Coast

Tasman Wildlife Tours
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6253 5325 or info@sealife.com.au
Tasman Wildlife Tours operate adventure spotlighting tours from Dunalley on Tasmania’s beautiful Tasman Peninsula. Join our spotlighting or penguin tours tonight.Exclusive spotlighting wildlife tours operated on "Bangor", 6000 hectares of private land and National Land Care Award Winning property. Our professional guides take you on a journey of discovery into this stunning coastal landscape at dusk to spy on Wombats, Wallabies, Possums and the threatened Tasmanian Devils; all interacting in their natural environment.You will be driven by bus into the Tasman National Park and guided along one of the most picturesque beaches in Australia at sunset, as up to 250 breeding pairs of Fairy Penguins scramble up the rocky foreshore in Fortescue Bay. The beach walk and ocean views are magnificent a... Read more

Wild Thing Adventures
By ATDW Database

Contact: 1300 137 919 or info@hobartcruises.com
Step aboard the Wild Thing at Hobart’s waterfront for an exhilarating exploration of Tasmania’s River Derwent and Storm Bay.
With 360-degree views from every seat, you won’t miss a thing. See the Iron Pot, Australia’s second-oldest lighthouse, an... Read more

The Maria Island Walk
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6234 2999 or email@mariaislandwalk.com.au
Part of The Great Walks of Tasmania, the Maria Island Walk is a four-day guided journey through stunning coastal and mountain landscapes. Explore an island national park that is a Noah’s Ark for Tasmanian wildlife and has fascinating layers of cultural and natural history. The walk features pristine secluded beaches, elegant tall forests, stunning vistas and many rare and endangered birds. The convict settlement pre-dates Port Arthur and you can explore the ruins from the industrial period of Bernacchi’s era, as well as the natural wonders of the Fossil cliffs and beautiful sandstone sculptures of the Painted Cliffs.This award-winning walk offers gourmet Tasmanian food and wines; accommodation in private wilderness camps and an authentic colonial experience in the restored, heritage-liste... Read more

The Bonnet Island Experience
By ATDW Database

Contact: 1800 084 620 or bookings@puretasmania.com.au
The Bonnet Island Experience visits a tiny island at Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s west coast.Experience this exclusive fully-guided tour involving a maximum of only 10 guests. Cruising in comfort from Strahan, you will arrive ashore on Bonnet Island just before dusk and enjoy local gourmet specialties.Your knowledgeable guide will share astonishing tales about the harsh conditions on the island and tell stories of shipwrecks, rescues, storms and survival. You will visit the historic lighthouse, and learn how the lighthouse keepers lived and worked, guiding the ships into the harbour.The island is also home to a thriving colony of Little Penguins and Short-Tailed Shearwaters. In all conditions, these amazing birds spend their days fishing at sea, returning each evening at dusk to their b... Read more

Lady Nelson
By ATDW Database

Contact: 6234 3348 or enquiries@ladynelson.org.au
Lady Nelson offers you a sailing experience of a lifetime, on the River Derwent in Hobart. You have the opportunity to sail for 90 minutes like the sailors of old, on a square rigger, and to go below and see the galley and sleeping quarters of a work... Read more

Hobart Yellow Water Cab
By ATDW Database

Contact: rod@hobartwatertaxis.com.au
Hobart Yellow Water Cab operates a taxi and tour service on the Derwent River in Hobart. We are a small family business catering for small groups of up to12. We can give you a personalised tour with commentary, there is no set time table and you can choose when to leave. We can go where no ferry can to enable you to get a closer look at places of interest. Our vessel Cassie H is capable of high speeds for those thrill seekers, and we are fully enclosed. On all our cruise tours you have the chance of seeing dolphins, seals, penguins, sea eagles, shearwaters, cormorants, gannets and maybe a whale if you are lucky. We stop at major points of interest for photo shots so don’t forget your camera!Alternately you can map out your own tour to a specific area anywhere on the Derwent River as we are... Read more

Review - Cosy Pines
By Hannah Kothe

As you would expect from the winner of the best budget holiday accommodation category in the TakeABreak Awards, Cosy Pines is definitely value for money. This spacious and welcoming two-bedroom cottage is in Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania, and is perfect for families or couples. Voted 'best little town in the world' by the Chicago Tribune Strahan is located on Tasmania's west coast at Long Bay at the northern end of Macquarie Harbour, about 300 km west of Hobart and 40km from Queenstown. Originally a penal colony, the town has also operated as a mining port and a base to the timber industry of the prized Huon pine.  The tiny town of Strahan (population 637 in 2006 census) is now the main tourist centre, and the gateway for Tasmania's west coast region. Boat trips to the histo... Read more

Tasmanian road trip – from Devonport to Arthur River
By Kylie Jane Degeling

A drive along the northwest coast of Tasmania from Devonport to Arthur River is unforgettable for any age group. You’ll want to drive slowly and stop often, to enjoy the stunning views and unique characteristics of each town. Here are a few of the highlights you can visit along the way... Devonport Your Tassie adventure begins when you disembark your ferry or flight. This is an excellent place to spend the night and explore the historic town. Places worth visiting include Tiagarra, The Tasmanian Aboriginal and Cultural Arts Centre which has dioramas of the region’s first inhabitants. Another interesting attraction is the Don River Railway and Museum, where you can walk around the collection of vintage steam locomotives and ride one to Cole Beach.  Spend a day at the be... Read more

The Wild West - On Wheels
By Bruce Mumford

If you want to see Tasmanian wilderness, but see it in comfort, then the West Coast is the place.  Strahan, tucked inside Macquarie Harbour, is in many ways the tourist capital of Tasmania, and with good reason.  Your first stop there should be the Tourist Information Centre on the harbour-front which has plenty of useful information and there is a theatrical play ‘The Ship That Never Was’, on there every day.  The Ship that Never Was tells the amazing story of the last convicts on Sarah Island who escaped on the ship they built, sailing it out “Hell’s Gates” and all the way to Chile.  If you’re disabled however, you might find the rustic planks surrounding the centre rather hard to negotiate.  The entrance isn’t that e... Read more

Review - Castaway Holiday Apartments
By Bruce Mumford

12 Harvey Street, Strahan, Tasmania   The history of Strahan on your doorstep   Strahan is a beautiful and fascinating area in a state full of similar places.  It is a gateway into the history of Tasmania and has plenty to keep you busy.   Overall rating?                        Great   What makes Castaway Holiday Apartments different?   There is a variety of different accommodation available, so you are sure to find something that meets your needs whether you are travelling as a couple, a family or a group.   Accommodation overview   Our self-contained apartment had two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two sin... Read more

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