West Coast Explorer



Tasmanias west coast is known among locals as the ‘wild west’, a reference to its colourful past, untouched wilderness areas and wild weather. While most of the locals are pleased to live in an area that is one of Tasmania’s best kept secrets, they are known for being friendly and down to earth, and love to share their tall stories of mining, fishing and timber, which have been the mainstays of the area since the early 1900's.

Highlights: 4x4 experience, colonial buildings, Aboriginal middens, rainforests, mining towns, fishing village and historic river cruise.

Day 1 

Your guide will collect you from your Hobart accommodation, and set off for Derwent Bridge via the Lyell highway through the central midlands towns of New Norfolk, Ouse, Gretna, Hamilton and Tarraleah, which are rich in farming history and continue to play an important role in the production of Tasmanian beer.

At Derwent Bridge we stop at “The Wall”, a 3 metre high, 100 metre long timber wall, hand carved by Greg Duncan from rare and unique Huon pine, detailing the history of the Central Highland Region.  From there we continue our journey through the Franklin Gordon World Heritage Area and along the Lyell Highway, stopping for photo opportunities featuring Frenchmans Cap, Surprise Valley and the Franklin and Derwent Rivers. Lunch is at the historic mining town of Queenstown.

From Queenstown we wind our way north along the Zeehan highway through the Mount Douglas Regional Reserve to Zeehan, and then wind our way down into the coastal shack town of Trial Harbour and set up camp for the night. From our camp site you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the shorts walks on offer, as well as the local history room; just be sure to have your camera ready to capture the amazing west coast sunset!

Day 2 

After breakfast we depart for Corinna in the heart of the Tarkine Wilderness. After making our way through the mountains, we board the Fatman Barge and cross the Pieman River to arrive at the remote settlement of Corinna. From here we offer a 4.5 hour cruise aboard Arcadia II, a historic 17 metre vessel crafted from Huon Pine in 1939.  The Arcadia II is the perfect way to experience the sheer beauty of the Pieman River, the ancient Tarkine rainforest, Lovers Falls, and Tasmania’s famous huon pine. The incredibly remote shack town at Pieman Heads, provides a lunch stop that you will never forget. Lucky visitors will get photos of platypus and sea eagles.

On your return to Corinna and after an opportunity to sample a quiet ale at the Arberg Bar, we will head up the Western Explorer, otherwise known as the Road to Nowhere, to the fishing harbour of Temma. Don’t expect to see many other cars or people in this extremely remote part of Tasmania, just native wildlife.  After stretching our legs with a short walk around Temma, we prepare the vehicles for the challenging Temma - Greens Creek track.  This track consists of various creek crossings, waterholes and soft sand and is only accessible to a fully equipped 4WD and experienced driver.

Arriving at Brookes creek, we set up camp for nights two and three at Ordinance Point.  From here you can experience another breathtaking sunset, Aboriginal middens and the rugged coastline adjoining the Southern Ocean.

It's here guests understand the true meaning of 'remote'.

Day 3 

Start the day with a cooked breakfast before setting off to Sandy Cape.  Today you will drive down the rugged western coastline and along the 10km length of Sandy Cape beach, where you will cross the Pedder, Thornton and Daisy rivers.  This beach is renowned for soft sand and at various times throughout the year the rivers are impassable.  In our capable hands and with our fully equipped vehicles, you will see parts of Tasmania that few locals, let alone visitors, are ever able to see.

Driving along the beach, we stop at the anchorage at Kenneth bay, an area where many fishing boats seek refuge from the wild Southern Ocean.  From here we spend the day exploring old fishing shacks, Aboriginal middens, wild rivers, beaches, campgrounds and a remote lighthouse.  If you're lucky you might get a cup of tea and a yarn from local fisherman who have been frequenting the area for decades.  You will also have the opportunity to raise the heart rate and ascend one of the biggest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, for a breathtaking 360 degree view.

This is a powerful place - of great significance:  a big, open land, shaped and nurtured by the hands of thousands of generations of Aboriginal families, with a coastline sculpted by the enormous swells of the Southern Ocean.

After a busy day of exploration we return to camp for a relaxing evening by the campfire and a hot roast dinner.

Day 4 

After another relaxed start to the day and another cooked breakfast we leave Ordinance Point behind and head north to Arthur River. This place is often referred to as “The Edge of the World” because nothing lies between here and Patagonia, 15,000km away on the coast of South America.

From Arthur River, we start our journey back to Hobart with various opportunities to stop along the way at places such as; Stanley, Anvers Chocolate Factory, Tasmanian Food and Wine Conservatory, Ashgrove Cheese Farm, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Deloraine.  From Deloraine you have the option to head to Hobart via the more picturesque Highland Lakes Road, passing the Great Lake, Liawenee and Bothwell or the more direct Midlands Highway.

Alternative drop off locations such as Devonport and Launceston can be arranged along the way, with the expectation to arrive in Hobart early evening.



    I cast my pebble onto the shore of Eternity.

    To be washed by the Ocean of Time.

    It has shape, form and substance,

    It is me.

    One day I will be no more.

    But my pebble will remain here.

    On the shore of Eternity.

    Mute witness for the aeons.

    That today I came and stood, 

    At the edge of the world.

    ---- Brian Inder


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