Tasmania's Western Wilderness

The road twists and turns through a stark landscape. The drive between Gormanston, a mining town built for the Mount Lyall Mining and Railway Company, and Queenstown is narrow and winding. Yet, the spiral through barren landscape is the most memorable part of our driving journey through Tasmania's Western Wilderness.  

Compared to the east coast, Tasmania's west coast is wild. There are long stretches between towns and in some places, such as between Southwest National Park and the Western Wilderness, there are no roads at all.

From Hobart, it takes about five hours driving to Strahan. As we drive away from the city and towards the bush, it feels like we're embarking on a journey of discovery.  

Fortunately, the road trip offers plenty to see and do along the way.

The pub at Derwent Bridge (population 15) serves decent meals in a cosy atmosphere and a cruise on Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake, offers stunning views of glacier-carved peaks and forests.

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