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.
This picture-postcard township 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 eagles view of the vastness of the ancient Tarkine Wilderness.
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. This led to the discovery of riches from beneath the earth that were credited with the economic revival of the entire state of Tasmania.
The Tarkine Interpretation Centre, a beautifully restored building built in 1886 that was once the central hub of the thriving mining town, is now home to Visitor Information and interpretation material, and a gallery of historical photos that provide a pictorial snapshot of life in an isolated mining settlement from the late 1800′s.
Next door to the Tarkine Interpretation Centre is an impressive display of working machinery used by a local character, Dudley Kenworthy. Kenworthy continued prospecting for tin near Mount Bischoff mine after it closed in the 1940s. Visitors can view the process for themselves with the push of a button. The Stamper was relocated from Dead Mans Gully to a purpose-built facility in the centre of town.
You can also visit the Courthouse Museum with its collection 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.
Visitors can picnic by the waterfall, take a stroll around the lake and look out for platypus, or try their hand at fishing for trout.
Waratah has a Caravan and Camping Ground with a stunning vista across Waratah Lake, and is the perfect affordable base for exploring the Tarkine and nearby Cradle Mountain.