Waratah Tourism & Travel
Situated on the edge of the Tarkine Reserve in the North West region of Tasmania, Waratah is some 360kms northwest of Hobart and 192kms west of Launceston. Renowned for once having the richest tin mine in the world at Mount Bischoff, Waratah now offers a rare insight into the history of the first mining boom in Tasmania. Magnificent natural attractions surround Waratah, including the famous Waratah waterfall and the untouched Tarkine Wilderness. In the municipality of the Waratah-Wynyard Council, Waratah has a population of 279 souls.
The Kenworthy Stamper Mill offers an insight into the last mining operation conducted at Mount Bischoff. For another slice of Waratahs history, the Courthouse Museum contains a collection of local historical artefacts, photos and personal stories. Adjacent to the museum, a replica of Philosopher Smith's Hut demonstrates the conditions of miners during the early days. The renowned Waratah Waterfall is also located in the vicinity of town, and Lake Waratah is a popular location for trout fishing.
Waratah - Near by
Waratah is a great base for exploring the Tarkine Wilderness, which is comprised of the larget temperate rainforest in Australia. Wild rivers, mountains, rare Huon Pine trees, magnesite cave systems and extensive coastal heathlands are also found within the Tarkine, as well as some intriguing ancient Indigenous middens hidden amongst large sand dunes. Excellent trout fishing is also found in nearby lakes and rivers including Talbots Lagoon, and interesting old mining sites can be explored on the many walks and drives accessed near Waratah.
National Park Savage River
Situated within the nearby Tarkine Wilderness area, the remote Savage River National Park comprised of cool, temperate rainforest is a great location for bushwalking and fishing, or just to experience the wild, untouched wilderness that the reserve has to offer.
In 1871, tin was discovered at Mount Bischoff near Waratah, resulting in Tasmanias first mining boom. The mine closed in 1935 after producing a whopping 81,000 tonnes of tin.