Tullah, Rosebery and Zeehan are located north of Queenstown between Macquarie Harbour and the Tarkine region on the Murchison Highway. Each town has an industrial heritage based in mining and the Tasmanian Hydro scheme, today however they also offer tourists plenty of history and natural wonder to explore.
Tullah on the edge of Lake Rosebery is a perfect spot if you enjoy the outdoors with a number of amazing walking and mountain bike trails in the area. Lake Rosebery is a popular spot for recreational fishing and the local Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway which has been lovingly restored and was once a major transport link for Tullah and the industry on the West Coast.
Rosebery is another remote West Coast mining town nestled deep in the mountains with plenty of history and heritage to keep you busy. The town is also famous for the spectacular Montezuma Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Tasmania. The falls can be reached via the old tramline by walking or mountain biking and there is also a great four wheel drive track as well.
Zeehan is situated in a small valley north of Strahan and like many towns in the region has a strong mining history with silver being the towns driver in it's early years. Today the town also focuses on tourism with plenty of heritage to explore as well as some great walking and fishing. Lake Pieman to the north has some of the best fishing in Tasmania and you can explore nearby Trial Harbour and Henty dunes as well if you are looking for some spectacular scenery.
A Brief History of Tullah, Rosebery and Zeehan
Like much of the West Coast these small towns were settled to support the growing mining and resources industries spread out along this remote region of Tasmania. The towns were originally settled in the late 1800's with many having their heyday in the early 20th century prior to the first world war. In it's peak Zeehan had a population of over 10,000, ten times it's population today.
The region also has a strong rail history, in particular the Emu Bay Railway which was the only effective link between the West Coast and the towns in the North West of Tasmania. A network of tram and train lines still exists today connecting these towns to the mines.
Our Local tips
- Go for a walk at Henty Dunes and see if you can spot some of the local wildlife.
- Ride or walk to Montezuma Falls
- Go Kayaking and explore the lake at Tullah