Waratah Accommodation, Hotels, Tours & Information

Refine Search

To select multiple items, Ctrl-Click (or Cmd-Click on Mac)





Places nearby Waratah

Waratah

Waratah is a small town on the edge of the Tarkine wilderness and was once home to the richest tin mine in the southern hemisphere.
Today, the town's rich mining past has long since ended and the local museum with its collection of artifacts, photos and stories reveals the living conditions of those early pioneers and miners.
On the southern side of town is Lake Waratah, a pleasant place for a picnic with BBQs, ducks and the occasional platypus.
There are enjoyable bushwalks and a waterfall in the centre of town makes for another good picnic spot, with sweeping views across the Tarkine forest.
Waratah is a 4.5-hr drive from Hobart (385 km) and a 1 hr 20-min drive (108 km) from Devonport.

Waratah

Waratah: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Tarkine Interpretation Centre


Visitors to Waratah will appreciate this building's historic beauty. The original Athenauem Hall, built in 1886, once served as the social and learning hub of the booming mining town of Waratah. Now home to the Tarkine Interpretation Centre, the Athenaeum Hall has an abundance of books, visitor information and interpretive displays about the magnificent Tarkine rainforest, and the fascinating mining and pioneering stories of Waratah. The building also houses a historical photographic collection of local significance. The hall itself gives an impressive welcome as you step on to the original Tasmanian myrtle floors and look to the larger-than-life mural surrounding the stage. Entry is free.




Smith St
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 0.2K from Waratah

Kenworthy's Stamper Mill


Waratah's pioneering past represents a big part in Tasmania's mining history, made all the more captivating by its remote and wild environment.
Kenworthy's Stamper Mill is an impressive display of working machinery which was relocated from Mt Bischoff to the centre of town, next door to the Tarkine Interpretation Centre. Dudley Kenworthy was a local character who continued prospecting for tin near Mount Bischoff mine after it closed in the 1940s. Visitors can view the separation process for themselves with the push of a button. Entry is by donation.




16 Smith St
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 0.2K from Waratah

Waratah Courthouse Museum


Waratah sits at the Eastern Gateway to the Tarkine Wilderness, a 40-minute drive south of Burnie and a 50-minute drive from Burnie/Wynyard Airport.
The town once was home to the richest tin mine in the world, and visitors today can explore the tales of pioneering courage and entrepreneurial spirit that created a thriving community. In 1871 this lead to the discovery of riches from beneath the earth that were credited with the economic revival of the entire state of Tasmania.
The Waratah Museum is located in the historic former Courthouse building, and houses an eclectic display of local historical artefacts, photos and personal stories. A replica of 'Philosopher' Smith's Hut sits next to the Museum, demonstrating the conditions of miners during those early days.
The picture-postcard township of Waratah boasts a waterfall in the main street, and a short drive to the nearby Philosopher Falls walking track will transport visitors to a mysterious world of tangled trees, hidden waterfalls and cartoon-like fungi. Whyte Hills Lookout also provides an eagle's view of the vastness of the ancient Tarkine Wilderness.




Smith Street
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 0.3K from Waratah

Waratah Falls


Waratah Falls is a remarkable touch of nature uniquely located in the middle of town. Over 100 years ago water races and tunnels fed water to the falls. It then diverted to a nearby power station to produce hydro power. Today the falls provide a picturesque view for picnickers and photographers from Kings Park.




Main Street
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 0.3K from Waratah

Whyte Hills Lookout


Just a five-minute (1 km) drive past Philosopher Falls (on the Corinna Road), Whyte Hills Lookout offers a panoramic view of the North-West corner of the Tarkine Wilderness. This lookout has easy access from a car park, and provides interpretive signage and great photographic opportunities of Australia's largest area of temperate rainforest.




Corinna Road
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 0.7K from Waratah

Philosopher Falls


Follow the historic mining water race along an easily accessible walking track that leads to a view of Philosopher Falls - named after the man who changed the fortunes of the entire state of Tasmania through his discovery of tin at Mt Bischoff, near Waratah. Just a ten kilometre drive out of Waratah, on the B23 road to Corinna, you will discover this stunning short walk that provides a glimpse into the wild and mysterious Tarkine rainforest.
Autumn is the best time to see the cartoon-like fungi dotted all along the track, but at any time of the year this is an experience you don't want to leave off your bucket list. The Falls lookout is at the end of the 45-minute stroll into the forest (there is a stairway leading to the base of the falls), however even a short ten-minute walk in from the car park will reward you with a magical 'Alice in Wonderland' experience.




Waratah Road
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 2.1K from Waratah

Tarkine Forest Reserve


This huge area of temperate rainforest is home to mountain ranges, wild rivers, buttongrass moorlands and a rugged coastline with long sandy beaches and coastal heath.
There's a rich variety of animals in the reserve including platypus, echidna, wombat, bandicoot, possum and glider - not to mention the famous Tasmanian Devil and Tasmania's other carnivorous predators, the Spotted-tailed Quoll and Eastern Quoll.
The Tarkine also hosts over a hundred bird species, including several rare and endemic birds such as the threatened Orange-bellied Parrot.
The settlement of Arthur River on the border of the reserve is the starting point for beach and forest journeys and adventures. Waterways can be explored by canoe, kayak and riverboat cruises through forests of blackwood, myrtle and celery top pine.
There are numerous walking trails from Arthur River and at various stops along the nearby South Arthur Forest drive, including the Celery Top pine nature trail and the Balfour Track rainforest walk.
Further south, the Western Explorer touring route winds its way to the tiny settlement of Corinna on the Pieman River, where the Fat Man punt carries cars across the river to continue their journey south.




Tarkine Forest Reserve
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 15.1K from Waratah

Hellyer Gorge


Make your way via Hellyer Gorge for a spectacular scenic route to the West Coast or Cradle Mountain. The windy route and steep cliffs make for a jaw-dropping wilderness drive, and is a favourite route for bike riders and touring cars. The welcoming canopy of rainforest provides a spectacular picnic spot along the banks of the Hellyer River. There are toilet and barbecue facilities, and the picnic area is the starting point for two short walks: the River Walk and the Old Myrtle Forest Walk. From Wynyard, take a 30-minute drive via Mount Hicks Road to Yolla where the road joins the Murchison Highway. Follow this through Hellyer Gorge and on to the historic town of Waratah, the iconic Cradle Mountain or the wild West Coast.




Murchison Hwy
Waratah, TAS, 7321

Located 18.7K from Waratah

Waratah Map

Waratah Map - Legend
Multiple Hotels
Hotel
Click on the map markers for more information. Hover over the map to zoom in & out or see satellite & terrain views.