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Small Town with a Big Story

It was James ‘Philosopher’ Smith who founded Waratah in 1871 and later opened a tin mine that fast became one of the richest tin mines in the world. Waratah’s pioneering past represents a big part in Tasmania’s mining history yet is a window into its remote and wild environment. Sitting on the edge of the Tarkine rainforest Waratah’s extraordinary connections with wilderness are self-guided, easy and free. Your wilderness journey continues with Cradle Mountain just 40 minutes down the road. Listed below are places Waratah is famous for.

Waratah Falls

Main Street waterfalls

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.


The Kenworthy Stamper Mill

Next door to the interpretation centre is an impressive display of working machinery used by a local, Dudley Kenworthy. Kenworthy continued prospecting near Mount Bischoff mine after it closed in the 1940s. Visitors can experience the process by the touch of a button.

Waratah Historic Buildings

Historic buildings

Standing strong as the town’s original courthouse, the preservation of the Waratah Museum allows visitors to gain an insight into mining life in the 1800s. Entry to the museum is free to see its collection of local historical artifacts, photos and personal stories. A stroll next door to the replica of James ‘Philosopher’ Smith’s hut demonstrates the conditions of miners during those early days.

The Tarkine Interpretation Centre

The Tarkine Interpretation Centre

Wander this beautifully preserved heritage building and be welcomed by friendly and helpful staff. Here you can learn about the Tarkine forest, how to access walking trails and lookouts or simply browse the growing collection of historical photographs on display.

Philosopher Falls Track

Philosopher’s Falls

Just 10 km from Waratah, it was James ‘Philosopher’ Smith whose exploration efforts for tin and silver lead him to the aptly named Philosopher’s Falls. The walking trail is a hidden treasure for today’s mycologists and fungi enthusiasts.