Tullah

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DISTANCES: Burnie 110Km, Cradle Mountain 46Km, Queenstown (via Anthony road) 51Km, (via Rosebery and Murchison Highway) 64Km

Following the discovery of silver lead ore in 1897 by Josiah Innes, Tullah was established as a small mining town in 1900. Until 1909, the only way you could get into Tullah was by horse or foot. The Mt Farrell Tramway was completed in March 1909 and in 1924, the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway was linked to the Emu Bay Railway.

A former mining town until 1960s, Tullah could only be reached by the steam train. It has since served as the base for the construction of a number of hydroelectric power developments. In 1973, the Hydro commenced building of the Pieman River Power Development. All the construction for this project took place in Tullah, boosting its population to 2500. Up until 1994, Tullah was also the base for other Hydro projects including the King River and Anthony Power developments. Now Tullah is a small, but well-known tourist destination, catering to mining on the West Coast.

WHAT TO DO AND SEE

Enjoy gently paced escorted trail riding through bushland and on the lakeshores at Tullah.

The original steam train ‘Wee Georgie Wood Steam Train’ was built in 1924; this train operates a 20-minute run on alternate Sundays from September to April in Tullah.

Have a look at the local Tassie timers, you can pick up a gift or even a souvenir made on site. Hand-made Teddies, private home collection on display, some of which some are for sale, pop in and give one a new home.

Mt Murchison is the highest point on the West Coast; it has fantastic views from the top, it is a fairly strenuous walk, 2-3 hours each way.

Lake Rosebery has a walking track around the lake and starts near the jetty, or you could try your hand at fly-fishing in one of the West Coast Lakes – expect to be hooked!

For the experienced hikers in mind try Mt Farrell, which overlooks Tullah, 712m high, the track is well marked and easy to follow, it is a good 3-hour walk to the summit. The track starts opposite Farrell General Store.

Take a scenic drive to Mackintosh Dam, and then continue onto Tullabardine Dam with beautiful lake views. One legacy of these is the superb lakes, which literally surround Tullah and are ideal for fishing and boating enthusiasts. Another is a series of excellent access roads, which allow even casual visitors to enjoy spectacular forest and mountain scenery.

To Lake Plimsoll from Tullah is a scenic drive, which will take you to either Queenstown or Zeehan. An ideal base due to its central location

RECREATION

Scenic drives, horse riding, camping, tennis, fishing–river & lake, walking tracks, mine tours, canoeing, climb Mt Farrell, mountain bike rides, squash.

The Tullah Challenge is a multi-sport event held each year on the last weekend in November. The event consists of a cycle, kayak and a run for individuals and teams. It is renowned for its spectacular mountain and rainforest scenery.