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Mt Vista Golf Club

Main Road, Waratah TAS 7321

Mt Vista Golf Club is a nine hole golf course at Waratah on Tasmania's west coast. Just 35 minutes drive from Burnie this pretty course overlooks the town of Waratah towards Mt.Bischoff. The 570 metre par-5 5th hole is one of the longest in the State with out of bounds on one side and trees lining the other. A very well drained course due to the basalt base. Visitors welcome. Holes: 9 Par: 70 Length: 5254m ACR: 67

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Waratah Museum

Smith Street, Waratah TAS 7321

The Waratah Museum, at Waratah in Tasmania's northwest, tells the west coast mining story. Waratah is a three-hour drive west of Launceston (232 kilometres) and about 45 minutes south of Burnie (58 kilometres). The Museum is located in Waratah's historic former courthouse and council chambers. It offers a collection of memorabilia and photographs of the town's tin mining history. Waratah was established in 1871 when pioneer James 'Philosopher' Smith discovered the Mount Bischoff tin deposit. During the 1880s Mount Bischoff was reputed to be the southern hemisphere's richest tin mine. At the mine's peak, the population of Waratah swelled to about 3,000 people. Waratah has a number of good examples of 19th century architecture, including a replica of the type of hut lived in by 'Philosopher' Smith's, located beside the Museum. The hunt is typical of the simple dwellings used by local miners in this era. You can visit the charming St James Anglican Church, the old post office or enjoy a drink at the Bischoff Hotel. Visit Lake Waratah and the Waratah Falls, or follow the walking trails to the old power house, Mount Bischoff and the ghost town of Magnet, once the site of the Magnet silver mine.

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Tarkine Forest Reserve

Tarkine Forest Reserve, Waratah TAS 7321
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.
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Hellyer Gorge

Murchison Hwy, Waratah TAS 7321
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.
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Waratah Falls

Main Street, Waratah TAS 7321
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.
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Waratah Courthouse Museum

Smith Street, Waratah TAS 7321
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.
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Kenworthy's Stamper Mill

16 Smith St, Waratah TAS 7321
It was James 'Philosopher' Smith who founded Waratah in 1871 after discovering a tin deposit that was to become the richest tin mine in the world. 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.
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Tarkine Interpretation Centre

Smith St, Waratah TAS 7321
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.
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Whyte Hills Lookout

Corinna Road, Waratah TAS 7321
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.
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Philosopher Falls

Waratah Road, Waratah TAS 7321
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.

Villas on Que

12 Que Street, Waratah TAS 7321
Villas on Que are two lovely self-contained units in Waratah, on Tasmania's North West Coast. Each unit sleeps four and offers excellent, value-for-money accommodation providing everything to make you feel at home. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, two bedrooms, lounge room, laundry and bathroom with bath, and over-bath shower. They have televisions, washing machines, dryers, hair dryers, electric heating, queen size beds and the second bedrooms have two single beds. Waratah is steeped in mining history, and boasts a number of historic attractions including the Museum, Atheneum Hall, Stamping Mill and Philosopher Smith's hut. The town also has a waterfall and beautiful trout-filled lakes surrounded by lawns, gazebos, barbecues and play equipment all situated a short walk from the units. Meals are available at the Waratah Roadhouse or the historic Bischoff Hotel . Waratah is about a 30-minute drive from Cradle Mountain and easily accessible from Launceston, Devonport, Burnie and Wynyard. It is the perfect place for you to relax or base yourself to see all the North West Coast and Tarkine wilderness have to offer....

Whyte Hills Lookout

Corinna Road, Waratah TAS 7321
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....