The famous Tasmanian wilderness is a huge tourism draw-card for the state. We know our readers are interested in the topic, from Think Tasmania traffic stats. So we thought… why not combine five of our most popular articles about the subject in the one place? And that’s exactly what we’ve done right here.

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Tasmania: Whyte’s Lookout (photo by Carol Haberle)

Tasmanian Wilderness: World Heritage

Look no further than a recent article from Carol Haberle about the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. She says: “…the area covers over 1.4 million hectares, and combined makes up about 1/5 of the area of the island state of Tasmania. Protected here are vast tracts of wilderness which hold a wealth of natural and cultural heritage unique to Tasmania.

The area is formally recognised through World Heritage listing as being part of the natural and cultural heritage of the world community. On the basis of all four natural criteria and three cultural criteria, the core area was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1982. At the time of listing, The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area satisfied more criteria than any other World Heritage property on Earth”.

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Liffey Falls (photo by Carol Haberle)

Whitewater Rafting on the Franklin River

Franklin River Rafting asked us to join a 10-day Tasmanian wilderness expedition. The trip left from Hobart and involved whitewater rafting, a climb to Frenchmans Cap and sailing into Strahan on the west coast. In turn, we asked guest reporter and adventure-seeker Kerrie Dodson to travel with the business owners on our behalf, and she accepted the assignment without hesitation. Kerrie returned with a mountain of photos and memories to last a lifetime. In fact, she says: “…the rafting expedition was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. A huge thank you to Elias and Franzi of Franklin River Rafting, to Think Tasmania, and to my fellow adventurers for what was a memorable, highly recommendable and very special ten day holiday”.

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Franklin River Rafting (photo by Kerrie Dodson)

Scenic Flight over Tasmanian Wilderness

When Think Tasmania was invited to join Par-Avion for a South West Tasmanian Wilderness Tour, Gavin didn’t hesitate booking a seat.  He says “…whilst a  true wilderness experience in most parts of our planet is increasingly difficult to find, the South West National Park World Heritage region is over six hundred thousand square kilometres of pure, wild, rugged beauty right on on our door step.  My limited literary and photographic skills don’t do it justice but I can report my first encounter with this southern Tasmanian region was simply breath-taking.” Readers will be pleased to know they have the opportunity to win their own scenic flight with Par Avion Wilderness Tours in Tasmania.

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Wilderness scenic flight: Southwest Tasmania

West Coast Wilderness Railway

At the time of publishing, the West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed so essential track-work and other maintenance can be carried out. Tourism is relatively quiet in the west coast region over winter, but everyone is anxious for the tourist attraction to resume as quickly as possible, ready for the busier tourism season from September onwards. There’s hope a new operator will be appointed during the interim, and the iconic train will be good to go again.

Mike Fry wrote about the West Coast Wilderness Railway and the struggle to keep the train running in Tasmania. Another writer, Roger Findlay also wrote about his personal experience with ABT Railway (as it was once known) for Think Tasmania.

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West Coast Wilderness Railway (photo by Dan Fellow)

Wilderness Journeys to the Southern Ocean

We went off-shore for this Tasmanian wilderness journey, an adventure with Bruny Island Cruises. Our three-hour tour to the Southern Ocean got underway with some words of encouragement (?) from our skipper: “…it’s not meant to be easy”. Mick took the wheel with a glint in his eye and we roared off on what many would consider one of the best things to do in Tasmania.  The cliffs, the caves, the wildlife and the ocean are all mesmerising and breathtaking; something you have to see for yourself to really appreciate.

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Seals basking: Friars Rocks, Tasmania

Tasmanian Wilderness: Regions to Explore

So quickly, our five popular articles have been revealed. Special mention should be made of Cradle Mountain National Park, along with its neighour Lake St Clair. Many additional features were outlined in Carol’s Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage article, all worthy of inclusion individually.

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Cradle Mountain National Park (photo by Carol Haberle)

And what about the stunning views over the Tasmanian wilderness from the Top of the World, an Adventure Forests tour to Eagles Eyrie via Maydena? Or the Tahune Forest Airwalk? What about the Tarkine region? We could go on forever, which is always a problem when publishing a list called Top Five, or even Top Ten. Decisions, decisions…

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Styx River: Tasmanian forests (photos by Carol Haberle)