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10 Day Western Wilds Road Trip in Tasmania

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Discover Tasmania’s spectacular west coast, a place like nowhere else, with this exclusive road trip designed by Luke Tscharke, one of Australia's most celebrated photographers, and a proud Tasmanian.

Luke Tscharke, an award-winning landscape photographer based in Hobart, has put together his favourite west coast experiences in this self-drive package. Tasmania's west is known for its untamed wilderness with temperate rainforests, glacial valleys, wild rivers and windswept coast. Drive around in comfort and stay in stunning wilderness retreats. This journey lets you experience the best of the west, including the iconic Pieman River Cruise, the spectacular Pumphouse Point, the West Coast Wilderness Railway, a guide with Luke's favourite photography locations, and more.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• 10 days Nissan X-Trail hire
• 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
• Pedder Wilderness Lodge (1 night)
• Pumphouse Point (2 nights)
• Strahan Village (2 nights)
• Corinna Wilderness Experience (1 night)
• Cradle Mountain Hotel (2 nights)
• Stillwater Seven (1 night)
• West Coast Wilderness Railway
• Pieman River Cruise

PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops
• A Tasmania print by Luke Tscharke, to hang in your home

Price per person (twin-share).

From: $2,047 AUD
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Luke Tscharke

Luke is an award-winning Australian landscape, nature, and travel photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. His major passion is inspiring people to respect and connect with the natural beauty in the world around them. Originally trained as a Quality Assurance professional with a Bachelor of Science degree, Luke worked for some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to ensure the quality and integrity of their products. This same meticulous approach has been instilled in his photography, where he strives to create memorable natural landscape images from locations across his beloved Tasmania, wider Australia, and other parts of the world. The quality of Luke's work has been recognized by awards in many photography competitions, publications in books, calendars, and magazines, and work with corporations and charities.
What's included

Included

• 10 days Nissan X-Trail hire
• 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
• Pedder Wilderness Lodge (1 night)
• Pumphouse Point (2 nights)
• Strahan Village (2 nights)
• Corinna Wilderness Experience (1 night)
• Cradle Mountain Hotel (2 nights)
• Stillwater Seven (1 night)
• West Coast Wilderness Railway
• Pieman River Cruise

PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops
• A Tasmania print by Luke Tscharke, to hang in your home

Excluded

Package Excludes:

• Flights (unless otherwise included)
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol (unless otherwise mentioned)
• Visas

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DAY 1

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Day 1: Hobart to Strathgordon

Welcome to Tasmania! Pick up your X-TRAIL from Hobart Airport and take the spectacularly scenic Gordon River Road to Strathgordon. Tonight you will stay at Pedder Wilderness Lodge, situated on Lake Pedder, where you can gaze into the vastness of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area from the comfort of your room.

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Pick up your Nissan X-TRAIL

Pick up your rental car at Launceston Airport and ride high in this world class family size SUV. Designed to get you from here to there, and everywhere in between, the Nissan X-TRAIL is made for adventure. The perfect car for your Heartlands road trip, with room for 2 adults and up to 3 children. We are proud to partner with Drive Car Hire, a 100% Tasmanian-owned family business. Known for their second to none level of service, their goal is to make renting a car an easy, hassle-free experience.

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Pedder Wilderness Lodge - Lake View Room

Pedder Wilderness Lodge sits on Lake Pedder within the Southwest National Park containing the renowned Tasmanian World Heritage Area – the heart of Tasmanian wilderness. Be spoiled by the magical views of Lake Pedder, Twelvetrees Range and in the distance, Frankland Range. The lake view rooms allow you to gaze into the vastness of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area from the comfort of your room.

- Optional

Gordon River Dam

Visit the astounding Gordon Dam, the tallest dam in Tasmania that stands over 140 metres in height. This impressive feat of engineering was completed back in 1974 and makes for great photographic opportunities. Luke's hot tip is to visit at sunrise, to snap some spectacular shots.

DAY 2

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Day 2: Strathgordon to Lake St Clair

Drive up to Lake St Clair, where the atmosphere is moody and ethereal. Carved out by glaciers over millions of years, Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest freshwater lake. You will stay at Pumphouse Point for 2 nights, a unique adults-only retreat poised mysteriously on the glacial lake and surrounded by century-old myrtle forests. This will be one of the highlights of your trip.

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Pumphouse Point - Ground Floor

Pumphouse Point is a luxury wilderness retreat, offering a unique Lake St Clair accommodation experience inside the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Located on the ground floor of the Pumphouse, your room sits just over the water with its own unique character and connection to the lake. With the lounge and bar nearby, it's only a few steps from your room to Pumphouse bliss. According to Luke Tscharke, this will be the highlight of your trip. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as well as complimentary e-bikes, rowboats and a few tipples.

DAY 3

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Day 3: Lake St Clair

The Aboriginal name for Lake St Clair is leeawuleena, meaning ‘sleeping water’. After your first night here, you can probably appreciate the origins of this name. The area around Lake St Clair offers a range of walks, from easy 45 minutes strolls to longer bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore.

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Pumphouse Point - Ground Floor

Pumphouse Point is a luxury wilderness retreat, offering a unique Lake St Clair accommodation experience inside the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Located on the ground floor of the Pumphouse, your room sits just over the water with its own unique character and connection to the lake. With the lounge and bar nearby, it's only a few steps from your room to Pumphouse bliss. According to Luke Tscharke, this will be the highlight of your trip. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as well as complimentary e-bikes, rowboats and a few tipples.

DAY 4

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Day 4: Lake St Clair to Strahan

Drive to Strahan, a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past. Nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. You will stay in a charming Waterfront Cottage at Strahan Village for 2 nights. From your cottage, it’s just a short walk to one of Strahan’s historic pubs, filled with character and stories.

- Optional

The Coffee Shack

If you fancy a coffee or a small bite, we highly recommend to stop by The Coffee Shack, open till 2pm each day. A quaint little cafe located across from the main wharf in Strahan. Some locals say they serve the best coffee in Tasmania!

- Overnight

Strahan Village Waterfront Cottage

The Village Waterfront Cottages have been tastefully decorated to reflect the heritage of Strahan and the West Coast and are located within a short stroll of all of Strahan's main attractions. These cottages are set behind white picket fences on the Esplanade and offer stunning views of the harbour and fishing boats.

Day 5

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Day 5: Strahan

Step back in history and take a breathtaking train journey deep into the heritage of the Tasmanian wilderness this morning with West Coast Wilderness Railway. Witness the impressive engineering achievement of this railway as you cross historic bridges and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest.

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West Coast Wilderness Railway

This morning, you are going on the River and Rainforest tour, a half day diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged West Coast. Stopping at remote train stations, you will visit Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril before returning to Strahan. From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. You will be a passenger in the Wilderness Carriage and enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding and a light lunch. Plus complimentary hot beverages during your journey, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rainforest and take those magical images.

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Strahan Village Waterfront Cottage

The Village Waterfront Cottages have been tastefully decorated to reflect the heritage of Strahan and the West Coast and are located within a short stroll of all of Strahan's main attractions. These cottages are set behind white picket fences on the Esplanade and offer stunning views of the harbour and fishing boats.

DAY 6

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Day 6: Strahan to Corinna

Get up early and drive to Corinna for your iconic Pieman River Cruise. Feed your soul and nourish your senses at Corinna Wilderness Experience, a remote settlement on the banks of a primitive river – an unforgettable experience that unlocks the secrets of the Tarkine rainforest and the wild west coast. Stay here for 1 night in a Queen Eco Retreat with a balcony overlooking the Tarkine rainforest.

- Included

Pieman River Cruise

The Pieman River Cruise is one of the most highly regarded river cruises in Tasmania. On board the famous Arcadia II, you will experience the Gordon River with excellent commentary, stunning reflections, freedom from other vessels and a truly personal experience with the river and rainforest. The cruise passes close to the wreck of the SS Croydon at the mouth of the Savage River and to Lovers Falls near the mouth of the Donaldson. An unforgettable experience, rich in history, nature and personal anecdotes. Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits are complimentary for the duration of the journey. A delicious lunch is supplied when you disembark at Pieman Heads, packed in an eco friendly bag for you to take on your walk through the Pieman Heads community and along the wild, rugged coast.

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Corinna Wilderness Experience - Queen Eco Retreat

Corinna is your home in the wilderness – an oasis in the heart of the Tarkine. Your Queen Eco Retreat has a balcony overlooking the Tarkine rainforest, a queen size bed, linen supplied, lounge area, fully self-contained kitchen (no oven), Bathroom and communal BBQ area. Corinna Wilderness Experience is solar powered with backup generators, in keeping with their eco philosophy. All cottages have gas heating, hot water and bathrooms. While the cabins have a certain rustic external appearance, the experience inside is in contrast and very enjoyable.

DAY 6

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Day 6: Strahan to Corinna

Get up early and drive to Corinna for your iconic Pieman River Cruise. Feed your soul and nourish your senses at Corinna Wilderness Experience, a remote settlement on the banks of a primitive river – an unforgettable experience that unlocks the secrets of the Tarkine rainforest and the wild west coast. Stay here for 1 night in a Queen Eco Retreat with a balcony overlooking the Tarkine rainforest.

- Included

Pieman River Cruise

The Pieman River Cruise is one of the most highly regarded river cruises in Tasmania. On board the famous Arcadia II, you will experience the Gordon River with excellent commentary, stunning reflections, freedom from other vessels and a truly personal experience with the river and rainforest. The cruise passes close to the wreck of the SS Croydon at the mouth of the Savage River and to Lovers Falls near the mouth of the Donaldson. An unforgettable experience, rich in history, nature and personal anecdotes. Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits are complimentary for the duration of the journey. A delicious lunch is supplied when you disembark at Pieman Heads, packed in an eco friendly bag for you to take on your walk through the Pieman Heads community and along the wild, rugged coast.

- Overnight

Corinna Wilderness Experience - Queen Eco Retreat

Corinna is your home in the wilderness – an oasis in the heart of the Tarkine. Your Queen Eco Retreat has a balcony overlooking the Tarkine rainforest, a queen size bed, linen supplied, lounge area, fully self-contained kitchen (no oven), Bathroom and communal BBQ area. Corinna Wilderness Experience is solar powered with backup generators, in keeping with their eco philosophy. All cottages have gas heating, hot water and bathrooms. While the cabins have a certain rustic external appearance, the experience inside is in contrast and very enjoyable.

DAY 7

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Day 7: Corinna to Cradle Mountain

Drive to Cradle Mountain Hotel, a stunning wilderness hotel in the alpine forests of Tasmania's central highlands where you will stay for 2 nights. Explore the trails of Cradle Mountain, get active in the clean mountain air and meet the friendly, furry locals, including echidnas, wombats and wallabies. Lake St Clair National Park and the iconic Boat House at Dove Lake are all just a stone’s throw from the hotel.

- Optional

Devils@Cradle

Devils @ Cradle is a unique Tasmanian conservation sanctuary located at the entrance to the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. The sanctuary is also home to the closely related Spotted-tail and Eastern quolls. Tasmania’s three largest carnivorous marsupials are all now threatened. Wander through the sanctuary at your leisure, or join a personalised guided tour to get a close up encounter with the animals. Bonus, your ticket fee directly contributes to the conservation of these species.

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Cradle Mountain Hotel

Stay in the heart of Tasmanian wilderness. Your alpine accommodation in Cradle Mountain is the ideal location for your wilderness experience in the highlands of northwest Tasmania. A welcoming and comfortable base for your wilderness holiday, your room includes a queen bed and king single bed, as well as your own Juliette balcony to watch for native wildlife foraging in the hotel grounds.

DAY 8

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Day 8: Cradle Mountain

Iconic Cradle Mountain is a place of exceptional natural beauty and synonymous with all things pristine. Wildlife is in abundance in this spectacular national park, with the opportunity to encounter Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna, wombats and the inquisitive black currawong. Home to a world-class system of walking tracks to explore, from very short easy strolls to the legendary Overland Track, we highly recommend the Dove Lake Circuit today.

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The Dove Lake Circuit

Luke highly recommends the Dove Lake Circuit. ​​​This 6km track is one of the premier walks in Tasmania. Starting from Dove Lake, a glacially carved lake directly beneath Cradle Mountain, the walk offers both intimate and epic views of the famous mountain. The track undulates around Dove Lake, traverses beneath the mountain, then returns through magnificent rainforest to the starting point. The walk takes you through some of Tasmania's special vegetation, from buttongrass ​to myrtle, sassafras, fagus and King Billy pine. Walk in a clockwise direction.

- Overnight

Cradle Mountain Hotel

Stay in the heart of Tasmanian wilderness. Your alpine accommodation in Cradle Mountain is the ideal location for your wilderness experience in the highlands of northwest Tasmania. A welcoming and comfortable base for your wilderness holiday, your room includes a queen bed and king single bed, as well as your own Juliette balcony to watch for native wildlife foraging in the Hotel grounds.

DAY 9

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Day 9: Cradle Mountain to Launceston

Your final destination on this road trip is Launceston, a relaxed and heritage rich city famed for the Cataract Gorge. Sleep in one of Launceston’s landmarks, an 1830s flour mill with architecturally designed rooms and waterfront views. Stillwater Seven is only a short walk to the Cataract Gorge and the city centre.

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Stillwater Seven - Deluxe King

One of Launceston’s landmarks, the 1830s flour mill that has housed Stillwater’s award-winning restaurant offers more than just one of the best culinary experiences in Tasmania — now you can sleep at Stillwater! The architecturally designed and beautifully appointed rooms are nestled in the great bones of one of Tasmania’s heritage icons. Each room has waterfront views and its own unique character. Your comfortable Deluxe King suite features a walk in shower, spacious vanities and a view of the Tamar River. A la carte breakfast is included and can be enjoyed in the restaurant or in your room.

DAY 10

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Day 10: Launceston

It is time to head back to the airport and drop off your rental car. If you can’t get enough of Tasmania’s west coast, we can always extend your stay!

DAY 11

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DAY 12

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frequently asked questions

Which style of trip is right for me?

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How do I pay for my trip?

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Will I get some free time whilst on tour?

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This is a big yes! Our goal is to help you create your own adventure, and this includes giving everyone the opportunity to explore. We will always be there to offer suggestions, but we firmly believe some of the best parts of holidays come from unplanned moments.

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