If mining history is your passion, you’ll love the tin mining town of Waratah.

Waratah Falls


Waratah is a small, scenic town on the edge of the Tarkine wilderness with a rich mining past, a magnificent town-side waterfall and a unique lakeside setting.

The town sits on the edge of Lake Waratah and the Tarkine Reserve and was once home to the richest tin mine in the southern hemisphere. Mining has long since ended and Waratah now attracts visitors for its history, remoteness and unique setting: how many towns can boast a waterfall right in the centre of town?

The Waratah Courthouse Museum has an eclectic collection of local artifacts, photos and stories and ‘Philosopher’ Smith’s Hut next door reveals the living conditions in the early days of pioneers and mining.

Picnic by the waterfall and enjoy the views of the surrounding hills. Go platypus spotting on a stroll around the lake or try fishing for trout.

There are some beautiful bushwalks to be had around town, including Hellyer Gorge, the dramatic Philosopher Falls and the Whyte Hill Lookout, with sweeping views across the Tarkine rainforest.

Accommodation is available at the caravan park and camping ground, a hotel and guest houses.

Waratah is about a 4.5-hr drive from Hobart and a 75-min drive from Devonport.



Visitor Information

C/- Council Chambers
Smith Street, Waratah TAS 7321
Tel: (03) 6439 7100
Fax: (03) 6439 7010
Email: jfagan@warwyn.tas.gov.au

Open: 9am – 5pm (closed 12.30pm – 1.30pm) Monday to Friday.

How to get there

Road (Self Drive)

From Wynyard take the B26 to Yolla then A10 to Waratah.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Waratah to: Burnie – 65kms (1 hour), Cradle Mountain – 50km (45 min), Strahan – 115km (1 hour 30 min), Wynyard – 64km (1 hour 15 min).


A caravan park and camping ground, a hotel and guest houses. Advance bookings are strongly recommended all year. Reservations for the caravan park can be made through the Visitor Information Centre.

Motor Homes and Camping

Waratah Council Caravan Park. Powered sites available. Toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Fees payable. Tel: (03) 6439 7100.

Designated Sullage Point

Annie Street, Waratah.


Online Access Centre, Council Chambers, Smith Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 7100.

Banks & ATMs

Banking facilities available at Post Office, Council Chambers, Smith Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 7100.

EFTPOS, Waratah Roadhouse, 110 Smith Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 1110.

EFTPOS, Bischoff Hotel, 20 Main Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 1188.

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