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West Coast - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Arthur River
• Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers NP
• Macquarie Harbour
• Queenstown
• Rosebery
• Strahan
• Sarah Island
• Zeehan
Other towns, villages and localities in the West Coast Region include:
• Tullah
The West Coast region of Tasmania includes the townships of Queenstown, Rosebery, Strahan, Tullah, Zeehan, as well as the coastline, bays and island that includes the famed Sarah Island and Macquarie Harbour.

Some of the must see in the region include the 33 km Ocean Beach facing 8,000 km of the Southern Ocean before you hit Argentina. From the lookout, you get sweeping views of the rugged coastline, from Cape Sorrel to Granville Harbour and if you are there between November and March, you can catch the return of the mutton birds, to their southern breeding rounds.

Strahan is the main tourist centre for the West Coast, being home to the Strahan Airport that services the West Coast region. The town itself is located on the northern shore of Macquarie Harbour.

Ocean Beach, West Coast of Tasmania

Of course if nature is your thing, there are a number of great walks for all level of fitness including:
  • Short Walks (less than 2 hours)
    • Hogarth Falls, Strahan
    • Nelson Falls, Lyell Highway
    • Donaghy’s Hill Lookout, Lyell Highway
    • Franklin River, Lyell Highway
  • Half Day Walks (2-4 hours)
    • Montezuma Falls, Tullah/Rosebery
  • Day Walks
    • Kelly Basin (Bird River), Queenstown
    • Mount Murchison, Tullah

Check out our listing of West Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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West Coast Visitor Information Centre - Strahan
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West Coast Attractions

Ocean Beach Mutton Bird Rookery
• October to March
• Ocean Beach is the spot to be when you can witness the annual migration of the Mutton Birds (Puffinus tenuirostris), as they return from their winter migration to breed on Ocean Beach. At dawn, a parent birds will leave the nest (a burrow in the sand) and fly out to sea to feed. Then as the sun begins to set, the sky is filled with the return of hundreds of birds, guided to their nest by the calls of their mates and young. Come April, the birds begin their migration to Japan and South Ease Asia.

There are interpretive signage and care should be taken not to walk on the rookeries as you may collapse the nest.

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West Coast Events

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West Coast Classic
• March
• The Southern Ocean is renowned for producing big swells off the West Coast region and is the location for the annual West Coast Classic when surfers find themselves taking on waves from one to six metres in height. The event features 12 divisions, from super groms to legends, with the main event being the Men's Open division. This is Tasmania's premier surfing event, held at Marrawah and nearby coastal areas. Check out 'Australian Events' page on the website for further information.
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West Coast Tours

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