Tasmania's Western Wilderness includes one of the most significant World Heritage Areas on earth and the drive from Hobart, through Queenstown to Strahan and the Gordon River, is totally captivating.
On the way, Derwent Bridge makes a good base for visiting beautiful Lake St Clair with its surrounding mountains.
Beyond is the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, famous for the 1980s campaign to save the Franklin River from damming. Dense forests line the highway, dark rivers tumble through steep gorges, and deep wide lakes open up before you.
Follow the road as it spirals for more than 90 bends into Queenstown as you descend into what remains of the world's richest gold and copper mine.
Strahan, the largest town on the West Coast, has accommodation for every budget, including outstanding heritage and contemporary accommodation. From Strahan you can cruise up the Gordon River and across Macquarie Harbour, disembarking at Sarah Island, the site of Tasmania's first and most brutal penal settlement.
Take a ride from Strahan or Queenstown on the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway across a rugged mountain range or board a seaplane or helicopter and explore Tasmania's West from the air.
At Corinna, you can cruise the Pieman River to a wild log-strewn beach or continue up the Tarkine coast, while the main road to Cradle Mountain winds through the tiny towns of Zeehan, Tullah and Rosebery.
Cradle Mountain marks the start of the 65-km Overland Track, part of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area. At Cradle Mountain, you can take one of the many short walks along the shores of Dove Lake or learn about the endangered Tasmania devil at devils@cradle.