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Tasmania’s Wild West and Serene Center

Mere mention of it makes swirl visions of a far-flung land… wild… untrammeled… a place like no other.  And it is all of this… and more.  Tasmania is so large that you could easily fit in all of Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica… and still have space for most of Crete.  It’s landscapes are nothing short of legendary.  Lying southeast of the Australian mainland with nothing between it and Antarctica but the icy Southern Ocean, it is an island of mystery, magic and mountains, rapids and rivers, beaches and bays… and this Destination explores its wild west and bucolic center, and the many natural treasures found within.

The massive contiguous area stretching from the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park in the North all the way to Tasmania’s south coast and encompassing the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, Southwest, Walls of Jerusalem and other National Parks is inscribed as the Tasmanian Wilderness listing on the World Heritage register.  On the west coast of the island, a cruise across Macquarie Harbour and up the Gordon River is a study in serenity as one glides past historic sites and verdant forests with views that surprise and delight around every bend.   Cradle Mountain with its copyright dinosaur ridge is a true Tasmanian icon, and an instantly recognizable symbol of the island’s rugged interior.  In the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness area, heading down Gordon River Road opens up remarkable vistas on either side of Lake Gordon to the north and Lake Pedder to the south.  Tranquility abounds and there’s nary a soul to be seen… perfect to get away from it all.

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