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Tasmania West Coast National Parks

South-West National Park

Covering nearly 5 400 square kilometres this is the largest and grandest of Tasmania's National Parks. The park contains some of the most rugged and wild untouched wilderness coastline in the world which is usually only seen by the most intrepid bushwalkers. There is a 150km bushwalking track which runs from Geevestown to Bathurst Harbour and then follows the coast to Hastings (for experienced hikers only).

The Park also contains Lake Pedder and Lake Gordon which, together, comprise the largest inland freshwater storage in Australia. There are several mountain ranges with majestic Federation Peak (1223m) being the highest point.

Parts of the park are true wilderness areas and not accessed easily and some of the untouched rainforests contain trees only found in Tasmania including Huon Pine and the towering King Billy Pine.

Mount Field National Park

Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania's oldest and popular parks. There are beautiful forests and many lakes as well as a windswept highland plateau , covered in snow during the winter months. On the lower slopes more than 25 species of eucalyptus can be seen while on the higher slopes there are Snow Gums, Pencil Pines and Dwarf Mountain Pines.
Access to the park is easy and there are many good bushwalks, one of the most popular being a 10 minute walk to Russell Falls which drops 50m into a cool gorge, lush with ferns and rainforest.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Covering 1280 square kilometres, Cradle Mountain National Park contains some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Australia. Lake St Clair on the south-east side of the park is the main attraction and starting point for Tasmania's most famous walk, the 80km Cradle Mountain track. On the way to the Cradle Valley at the other end of the park, the track has some of the most incredible scenery as it passes spectacular mountains and lakes, and is suitable for reasonably fit people with no experience provided they are well equipped and part of a professionally guided group.

Franklin-Lower Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park at the epicentre of Tasmania's acclaimed World Heritage area. Being a wilderness area the best way to see this park is by either white water rafting down one of the wild rivers or via cruise boat or seaplane from Strathan.

Further Information

http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751
Hobart, Tasmania, 7001 AUSTRALIA

Phone enquiries: call 1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727) - Monday to Friday (9am-4:30pm)