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Walks

There are several fantastic walking tracks in the area around the Lodge. Ask any of our friendly staff for a map on how to get to the walks!

Lake Rosebery Walking Track starts just west of the Lodge and wraps around the front of the lake. This is an easy flat walk and offers unmatched views of the lake and even the opportunity to spot some platypus! The walk is a point A to point B walk and takes in total about twenty minutes.

The Cemetery Walking Track starts with following the lake north until you get to the old Tullah cemetery. This is an easy walk and takes a total of about thirty minutes return.

Mt Farrell Walking Track is medium to hard walking track but is well worth the hike. The walk takes about an hour and a half to reach the summit and offers superb views down onto the town of Tullah and Lake Rosebery. There is also an extra track out to the glacial lake, Lake Herbert which offers views down to Lake Mackintosh.

Chester Mine Walking Track is a medium to hard walk and follows an old train track up to the old pioneering hut which you can explore. Also you  can have a poke around the old mine site. The track is about a two hour return trip.

Mt Murchison Walking Track is a hard walk with some scrambling over rocks but is worth all the effort! The Mountain has three lakes on it including Hanging Lake which looks almost like an infinity swimming pool, there is also Shaded Lake and Lake Sandra. Getting to the summit you get spectacular 360 degree views and can even see Cradle Mountain from the top. The total walking time is about four and a half hours return.

Montezuma Falls Track is one of the most popular walking tracks near Tullah. The track starts just west of the Rosebery township (about 15 minutes from the Lodge) and follows the old train line. Once you reach the end there is a viewing platform below the waterfall and also a suspension bridge that you can cross (not for the faint hearted) which offers fantastic views of the tallest inland fresh water waterfall in Tasmania. The walk is an easy, relatively flat walk and takes about three hours return.

Lake Rosebery

Lake Rosebery is a man made lake and in 1983 was built as part of the Pieman Power Scheme.

Kayak & Pedal Boat Hire is available from the Lodge during daylight hours. This includes paddles and life jackets if needed. Just see our friendly reception team for hiring any during your stay or visit. 

Boat Ramp access is open to the public and is located just west of the Lodge. There is a concrete boat ramp with a floating pontoon jetty. Please ask our friendly reception staff for directions.

4WD Tracks

There are a multitude of 4WD track in the area. Some of our most famous ones are listed below but please ask our friendly staff for more options.

Montezuma Falls is a medium to hard grade depending on the time of year. The track starts west of Rosebery and follows through lush rain forests and two small creek crossings until you get to the parking area. There is a short 5 minute walk and then a suspension bridge to cross to get to the base of Montezuma Falls. This track is about a 4 hour return trip.

Pieman Heads is an easy to medium track that starts from Granville Harbour and finishes at the Pieman Heads. The track has a multitude of different routes but they all head north and crisscross on the way to the heads. The track is a combination of mud, rock and several beach crossings. The total time for the track is about 3 hours return.

Lake Spicer access is restricted and you need to get a key to access the track. We have a key available in the office just ask our friendly staff. This track is medium to hard and is quite overgrown in some areas. This track starts up behind Lake Plimsoll and passes Lake Roleston. There is a fantastic view point which is only a 15 minute hike up from there. Past this point is quite narrow and we recommend turning around here. This track is about 4 hours return.

Lakes
 

There are several man made lakes in the area which are all part of the Anthony Power Scheme.

Lake Mackintosh is a large lake to the east of Tullah. This lake has a boat ramp for fishing, some breathtaking views and camping spots. The road to the dam is formed onto the dam wall so be prepared to see some of the best views you can drive to in Tassie! Lake Mackintosh has to be one of the most popular fishing spots in the area.

Lake Murchison is located south east of Tullah. You can drive up to the dam wall area and then it is  just a short walk to the dam wall.

Lake Pieman is the last lake in the Anthony power scheme and sits about 40 minutes west of Tullah. Reece Dam sits on the end of this lake and is the largest dam wall in the Anthony Power Scheme. This dam wall, same as Mackintosh dam wall, has the road built on top of it as part of the wall. This dam is definitely worth a visit and has some of the most spectacular views. Lake Pieman is also a popular fishing destination and has a boat ramp.

Wee Georgie Wood

The Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway Inc commenced operations in 1987 utilising some 1.8 kilometres of  2 foot (610mm) gauge track and the restored 1924 Wee Georgie Wood steam locomotive as well as rolling stock of that era from other West Coast tramways.

History: Following the commencement of mining in the Tullah area in 1897 the Tullah township became established as a small mining settlement by 1900. The original transport in and out of Tullah was by foot and pack-horse following pack tracks to Mole Creek and to Rosebery. For several years only high grade lead silver ore from the mine was sent by pack horse for transfer to the Emu Bay Railway line near the old Pieman bridge down river. This system was replaced by the North Mount Farrell Tramway which was opened in November 1902. 

Wee Georgie Wood is a 6 ton Fowler locomotive and arrived to replace the ageing Krauss.

With the advent of the new Murchison Highway in 1964 Wee Georgie Wood and No 9, the only locos working, became redundant and Wee Georgie Wood was headed for the scrap heap or for mounting as a monument. 

After a lot of hard work by a dedicated band of volunteers and generous support from local and coastal businesses, Wee Georgie was back in steam. The 1.8km of track was re-established and a passenger carriage, previously used on the Lake Margaret Tramway, was restored for use. On Thursday, the 5th of February 1987, the dream was finally achieved when Mr Robin Gray, The Hon. Premier of Tasmania officially opened Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway Inc. to the public. 

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rain forest and alpine heath lands, buttongrass and stands of colourful deciduous beech provide a range of environments to explore. Icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife ensure there is always something to captivate you. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. A visit will reveal why.

For a list of walks please click here.

Information Centre it is recommended that you stop at the information centre at Cradle Mountain. From here you can buy your permit to go up the mountain and the shuttle bus also departs from here.

 

Webcam Cradle Mountain 

Click above for the Cradle Mountain Webcam

The webcam still image is updated every 30 minutes between 7am and 7pm every day.

Strahan

Strahan lies at the northern edge of the wild, savage and unspoiled beauty of Macquarie Harbour. It is the last town on Tasmania's West Coast and one of the loneliest and most isolated places on the planet. The British brought their most hardened criminals to Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour and the result was a penal colony of unimaginable hardship. 

History: At various earlier times the 'port' had been known as Long Bay and Regatta Point but in 1877 it became the port for the tin mines at Mount Heemskirk. It was named Strahan after Major George Strahan who was the Governor of Tasmania from 1881-86.

Boat Tours are available on the Gordon River. There are two operators who can take you out on a boat ride to discover the natural wonders of the Gordon River.

For Gordon River Cruise information please click here.

For World Heritage Cruise information please click here.

Quad Bike Tours are available at Strahan and we highly recommend taking the time to do it.  The Henty Dunes are fantastic and the scenery is just stunning. For more information please click here.

Queenstown

Queenstown, the largest town on Tasmania's West Coast, is surrounded by dramatic hills and mountains and was once the world's richest mining town. The copper mining and mass logging in the early 1900s created a surreal and rocky 'moonscape' of bare coloured conglomerate.

History: Queenstown's history has long been tied to the mining industry. This mountainous area was first explored in 1862. It was long after that when alluvial gold was discovered at Mount Lyell, prompting the formation of the Mount Lyell Gold Mining Company in 1881. In 1892, the mine began searching for copper.

West Coast Wilderness Railway: Step back in history as you  board a majestic steam train and journey deep into the heritage of the Tasmanian wilderness and hear tales of resilience and triumph over rugged terrain, hardship and adversity. Much more than a railway journey within a wilderness setting, the West Coast Wilderness Railway is a heritage experience that will touch your soul.

For more information please click here.

The Paragon Theatre has been restored and operating since July 2017. This gem of history was built in 1933 with a capacity to house 1150 people. For information on tours and movie sessions please click here.

White Water Rafting: King for the Day is an exhilarating full day rafting experience through the lush wilderness of the West Coast's temperate rain forest. This 20 km journey down the King River is Tasmania's only regular one day wilderness rafting trip and a highlight of any visit to Tasmania's West Coast.

For more information on this trip please click here.

Zeehan

 

Zeehan, a mining town on Tasmania's West Coast, was named after the Dutch explorer Abel Janzoon Tasman's ship, the Zeehaen.

History: Zeehan was established as a mining field, then as a town after the Zeehan-Dundas silver-lead deposits were found in 1882 by Frank Long. Mount Zeehan Post Office opened on 1 August 1888 and was renamed Zeehan in 1890. The peak period for mining was up to the first World War, though lead mining continued on up to 1963 at mines such as the Montana and Oceana. The population of Zeehan-Dundas peaked at 10,000 about 1910, over ten times the current population.

Heritage Museum: From Mines and Memories to Trains and Treasures, the West Coast Heritage Centre offers a unique insight into the history of the West Coast of Tasmania and gives visitors a comprehensive experience and understanding of the heritage of the area, adding value and significance to your visit to this beautiful region of Tasmania.

Spray Tunnel: In 1901 the Argent tramway was extended by the British Zeehan Silver Mining Company, a tunnel was made through a hill south of the Zeehan Golf Course to access the Spray mine. The company purchased a small locomotive, a 10 ton Kerr Stuart called “Spray”. It was used to transport ore from the Spray Mine to the smelters south of Zeehan on the tramway until the Spray Mine closed in 1913. The Spray Tunnel is an unusual ‘keyhole’ shaped tunnel, said to be the result of the top part of the tunnel having been enlarged to allow the passage of the huge steam boilers that were brought through the tunnel to the mine.

Today you can walk through the tunnel and see the old silver mine and can even see glow worms on the ceiling occasionally.

Rosebery

 

Nestled deep within a secret valley, Rosebery is dominated by mining and surrounded by a striking landscape of dense forest and the volcanic mountains of the West Coast Range.

History: In 1893, prospector Tom McDonald discovered gold in alluvial wash, along with boulders of zinc-lead sulphide in dense rain forest on the slopes of Mount Black. McDonald pegged several claims in the name of the Rosebery Prospecting Association (named after Lord Rosebery), which later became the Rosebery Gold Mining Company. The South Rosebery Mining Company was formed soon after to mine the southern continuation of the ore body.

Montezuma Falls is Tasmania's highest waterfall at 104m. The track to the falls begins at Williamsford, two kilometres south of Rosebery.  See above section on walks for further information.