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Gateway to Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area, its rugged mountains, ancient rain forests and heath make Tasmania’s west one of Australia’s last true wilderness frontiers. Tasmania’s west is often remembered for the conflict between forestry workers and environmentalists to save the flooding of Lake Pedder. The largest coastal town is Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour and close to Sarah Island – one of the harshest penal colony settlements in Australia. The inland population centres of Queenstown and the smaller towns of Zeehan, Tullah and Rosebery are rich in mining history and are all within a short distance of magnificent lakes, rivers, rainforests, giant sand dunes and historic sites.