West Coast Walks

Waiting for you on the west coast are walks that will inspire and amaze you. While in Strahan you can wind alongside a magical river, home to illusive platypus, and arrive at Hogarth Falls with it’s powerful tannin-dark water. Just out of Rosebery is Montezuma Falls, at 104 metres it is Tasmania’s highest waterfall, and just as amazing is the 3 hour return walk through thick rainforest to get there. In Queenstown you can walk to Spion Koph for a fantastic view of the mineral rich hills.

Walking notes on these walks and many others are available for download below.

New walks are being discovered all the time, so be sure to check again soon.

Hogarth Falls and People's Park

Stroll along an almost level and well formed track through mixed forest to Hogarth Falls. View towering gum trees and species typical of cool temperate rainforest such as leatherwood, sassafras and myrtle. Dogs are welcome if kept on a leash.

Where: Peoples Park, Strahan
Return distance: 3km
Return walking time: 40 minutes
Surface: Flat, wide gravel path
Walk Difficulty: Easy

Montezuma Falls near Rosebery

The walk to Montezuma Falls, Tasmania's highest Waterfall (104 meters) is one of the easiest and most rewarding on the West Coast. It is suitable for both young and old. The track is gently graded and follows an abandoned tramline. There is a viewing platform at the foot of falls which tower over 100 meters above. A swing bridge spans the gorge to link this track with 4WD access from Melba Flats.

Nearest town: Rosebery
Return distance: 7 km
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Surface: Flat and Gravel
Walk Difficulty: Easy

Mount Owen, near Gormanston

Starts at Karlson's Gap, the saddle between Gormanston and Mt Owen. Hard walk up Mt Owen via a four wheel road tothe translator stations that brings you close to the magic of the "lunar" landscape. Proceed to waterfall along obvious track thenclimb up to the road.

Nearest town: Queenstown
Return distance: Long
Return walking time: 4 Hours
Surface: Steep and even with gravel and rocks
Walk Difficulty: Moderate to hard

Note: Can be very exposed, very quickly

Spray Tunnel Loop, Zeehan

The loop track begins opposite the Zeehan Golf Club. There is a small car park just past the Golf Club. The walk passes through the Spray Tunnel, a 100 metre long abandoned train tunnel that leads to the abandoned Spray Silver Mine. From the Spray Silver Mine it goes right returning to the Golf Club and Zeehan.

Nearest town: Zeehan
Return distance: 4 km
Walking time: 1 hour
Surface: Flat and gravel
Walk Difficulty: Easy

Nelson Falls

The Walk is on the Lyell Highway, 23 kilometres from Queenstown. This walk takes you through a classic example of cool temperate rainforest. Along the walk you will find interpretation signs that detail some of the many values of the area.

Nearest town: Queenstown
Return distance: Short
Walking time: 20 minutes
Surface: Gravel
Walk Difficulty: Easy

Orr Street, Queenstown

Begin at the intersection of Orr and Driffield Streets. Walk South along Orr Street past the Queenstown Club and Hunters Hotel. You will come to the intersection of Orr and Sticht Street and find the Queenstown Post
Office. Continuing up Orr Street you pass a bank building and the Queenstown Recreation Club. At the intersection of Orr and Bowes Street you find Evans Supermarket and the Memorial Hall. Continuing South will lead to the Queenstown Motor Lodge and you will pass the Gaiety Theatre. Continuing South brings you to St Joseph's School and Catholic Church.

Where: Queenstown
Return distance: 1km
Walking time: 40 minutes
Surface: Footpaths
Walk Difficulty: Easy

Driffield Street, Queenstown

Start at the Northern end of Driffield Street at the old Evans Corner Store.Visit the Eric Thomas Galley Museum on the corner of Driffield & Sticht Streets. Cross the street to the Miners Siding and walk
South to the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Opposite is the Empire Hotel built in 1901 and the Mount Lyell Motor Inn built in 1896. Continue Southalong Driffield Street to the West Coast Wilderness Railway workshops and St Martin's Church which is located on the corner of Driffield and Russell Streets. Walking East into Russell Street will bring you to McNamara Street. This will take you North to the Driffield and Orr Street intersection and back to your starting point.

Where: Queenstown
Return distance: 1km
Walking time: 40 minutes
Surface: Footpaths
Walk Difficulty: Easy

These and other walks are featured in the Discover Tasmania 60 Great Short Walk booklet. Contact the West Coast Visitor Centre, Strahan for a copy of the booklet or to plan your West Coast itinerary – email info@westernwilderness.com.au

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