Make your way to Hellyer Gorge for a spectacular scenic route to the West Coast or Cradle Mountain. The windy route and steep cliffs make for a jaw-dropping wilderness drive. The welcoming canopying of rainforest is what Hellyer Gorge is known for best. Pack a lunch and take in the scenery at the picnic area at Hellyer Gorge Bridge. It has toilet and barbeque facilities and is also the base point for two short walks: the River Walk and the Old Myrtle Forest Walk. From Wynyard, travel via Mount Hicks Road to Yolla where the road joins the Murchison Highway. Follow this through Hellyer Gorge and on to Cradle Mountain or the West Coast.
Whyte Hills Lookout
Just a five minute drive from Philosopher’s Falls, Whyte Hills Lookout offers a panoramic view of the Tarkine’s expanse across the state’s north-west corner. This recently established lookout gives you easy access and great photographic opportunities to Australia’s largest area of temperate rainforest.
Tarkine Guided Wilderness Walks
An ancient world awaits... only 35 minutes drive from Wynyard and the Burnie Airport, and 1.5 hours drive from the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry terminal at Devonport, the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge offers complete seclusion from the outside world. You don't have to be a guest of the Lodge to enjoy the magnificent Tarkine Wilderness - guided walks are available to all. Why not book a walk, order a gourmet picnic and fall in love with the serenity that is the Tarkine...
Rocky Cape National Park
Nudging out to Bass Strait Rocky Cape National Park offers spectacular views from many points along its walking tracks. Despite being a small park, Rocky Cape has a variety of walks ranging from less than 20 minutes to a full day. These take in Aboriginal rock shelters and caves, scenic hills full of wildflowers and birds, tranquil beaches and rocky headlands.
To gain entry purchase a valid national parks pass from a Tasmanian Visitor Centre. Visit the Parks and Wildlife Service for more information.
The ultimate ‘eco-tourism experience’
At Corinna nature is the hero. Whether it’s gliding along the Pieman River in a 74 year-old huon pine vessel or exploring the sensitively placed walking tracks through the 65 million year old rainforest, the owners of the Corinna Wilderness Experience are committed to providing responsible access to a pristine environment. Corinna Wilderness Experience is one of few Australian tourism products to hold Advanced Accreditation under the Eco Tourism Australia rating system.
It was James ‘Philosopher’ Smith whose exploration efforts that lead him to the aptly named Philosopher’s Falls - a hidden treasure among mycologists and fungi enthusiasts. Located just 10 km from Waratah it’s easily accessible and upgraded pathways allow up-close and awe-inspiring encounters with rare and colourful fungi found during the autumn and winter months. Turn off the B23 into the signed gravel access road that takes you to a generous parking area. The walk starts at the edge of the car park at beginning of the forest. Visit ‘Discover the Tarkine’ for more information.