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From Cradle Mountain to Port Davey, Tasmania's world heritage area is superbly wild and rugged but still accessible. The old port of Strahan is the western gatekeeper of the world heritage area and from this harbour-side village you can cruise, sail, fly or paddle into an extrordinary wilderness.
What to See
Not far from Strahan, Queenstown once claimed the world's richest copper mine. Now it’s a departure point for a steam powered railway journey that cuts through thick rainforest and it has a burgeoning arts community. The settlement of Corinna and forests of the Tarkine are nearby. Fishers will love the central highlands lakes around Derwent Bridge and Tarraleah.
What to Do
Of course, no matter whether you are travelling from Devonport, Burnie, Hobart or Launceston, you’ll want to visit Cradle Mountain, the centre-piece of the World Heritage Area. The mountain, and the accompanying rivers, lakes and alpine surrounds may be known for their ancient wilderness but all is not wild. There are good coffees, fireside lounges and even day-spas near the entrance to the national park, just a few kilometres from Cradle Mountain.
Captain James Kelly circumnavigated Van Diemen's Land in a whale boat in 1815 and explored Macquarie Harbour. On his recommendation a penal settlement was built at Sarah Island in 1822. After the convict prison closed in 1833 the area was settled by miners and foresters and the town of Strahan was established.
Get expert help from local visitor information centres
Park and Wildlife Information: Phone: (03) 6492 1133; Fax: (03) 6492 1120Sheffield Visitor Information Centre, 5 Pioneer Crescent, Phone: (03) 6491 1036