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A delightful home base
Visit the Tarkine, Cradle Mountain, Stanley or Strahan from the seaside port of Burnie or the village hamlet of Wynyard

The wild magic of the North West's wilderness begins in Burnie, that most business-like of regional cities. It is a gateway, albeit gentrified, to a rugged yet luxurious experience largely out of mobile phone range over on the West Coast.

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Historic fishing village
Stanley, once the headquarters of the Van Diemen's Land Company, is now your gateway to the wild beauty of the Southern ocean and the Tarkine

Drive on westward of Sisters Beach for another 40 minutes or so and the countryside begins to change. It happens slowly at first from the fairytale village of Stanley and its no-nonsense support town of Smithton to the wildness of Cape Grim (another anti-triumph for the early place-names committee), the astonishing micro-world of Dismal Swamp, Arthur River and The Edge of the World where the real wilderness begins.

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447,000 ha of wilderness
Make the trip to Corinna and surrounding towns where the Tarkine wilderness and Pieman River await, and stories of early Tasmania's Aboriginal and European mining heritage

The 447,000 hectare Tarkine Wilderness Area is Australia's largest tract of unprotected temperate rainforest and located in the north-west of Tasmania. You won't find the Tarkine on many maps but the region is defined as the land bound by the Arthur River to the north, the Pieman River to the south, the Murchison Highway to the east and the Southern Ocean.

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The wild west
Beyond the sparkling waters of Macquarie Harbour and the Henty Dunes at Strahan lies the Gordon River and World Heritage Wilderness Area - a must see

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA) is one of the largest conservation reserves in Australia, covering 1.38 million hectares, or about 20% of the island of Tasmania.

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Island paradise
Big sunsets, big beaches and ever bigger waves, it's not all dairy country. King Island is your quick fix pastoral paradise, gourmet food or surf destination.

King Island is a pinprick principality almost invisible on a map of the world, the original drop in the ocean. A trophy destination, it is what being girt by sea really means.

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How to enjoy two nights and three days on the ultimate journey

The Ghan, all 700 metres of it, rolls serpent-like out of Adelaide’s Keswick station into lush countryside on what its operators describe as the ultimate journey.

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