Monthly Archives: May 2017

All things Savage

There are 4 things in 4 places and each should not be confused with the other: Savage River Mine with township, Savage River as a river, Savage River National Park, and the Savage River Regional Reserve which is south of … Continue reading

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Starting out on Day 3

Early on, I walked in the mists enveloping Waratah and enjoyed the magical moments of the drifting light on the landscape. At the Waratah Roadhouse, Jeanette waited for me. We restocked our supplies of bottled water and headed west along … Continue reading

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Waratah

Waratah sits at the eastern gateway to the Tarkine wilderness and adjacent to the Savage River National Park. It is a 40-minute drive south of Burnie and 50 kms north from Tullah. The road through the area was not completed until 1963.  … Continue reading

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Waking and getting going on Day 3

Once showered, breakfasted and packed up, and when Jeanette was surfacing I set off to explore Waratah further.  I headed downhill on a mapped street which had never been built formally and which could not have been driven on. As … Continue reading

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Danger alert for the Tarkine

The future of the Tarkine continues to be uncertain with the immediate possibility of logging in some areas.  Tomorrow, in both Hobart and in Melbourne, a vigil will held by people keen to persuade the governments to provide protection. Hobart … Continue reading

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Accommodation in Waratah

Very few accommodation options exist in Waratah for people without a tent, caravan or other mobile home. A large area near Lake Waratah has been allocated for people travelling in this way.   We were not travelling this way so … Continue reading

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Mt Bischoff

The mountain and it’s mine were the final features on our itinerary for visiting on Day 2. However, feeling weary we decided to find our accommodation first, settle in and refresh and then head off again despite the afternoon coming … Continue reading

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The waterfall in the middle of the town

I was excited all day waiting to find this phenomenon. Is there any other town or city in the world with a waterfall at its centre? My first-hand experience of the waterfall in the centre of Waratah occurred late in the … Continue reading

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The Bischoff Hotel

The Bischoff Hotel is not currently open for business. Over a century old, it stands rather dramatically on a hill overlooking Waratah Falls and the centre of Waratah. This grand structure indicates Waratah was once an important and large town. … Continue reading

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Stamping our feet was out of the question

By the time we left St James Church my travelling companion and I were mentally fatigued from information and sensory overload and my feet wanted a rest.  Our experiences early that day included driving from Tullah, walking to and from … Continue reading

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Tasmanian Waratah versus NSW Waratah

Blog follower John remarked that the design of Waratah used in the town of Waratah and pictured two blog posts ago is the image of the NSW  flower and not the Tasmanian variety. Here are some images of the NSW … Continue reading

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Riding shotgun or just a bun in the oven?

Waratah is situated on the western side of Tasmania but the European settlers were no wilder there than in other parts that were being newly developed for timber or minerals in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  This was not a … Continue reading

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Gothic design inspired church in Waratah

We left the Philosopher’s Hut and ambled along Smith St towards the church. On the way we passed a graphic symbol representing the name of this town – the stunningly beautiful flowering plant, Waratah (Telopea truncata). St James Church, a … Continue reading

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The Waratah Museum and the Philosopher’s Hut

Over the road from the Tarkine Interpretation Centre sits two additional sources of information about the district and its history.  Unfortunately the Waratah Museum was not open on the Museum displays a detailed history of the district with photographs and … Continue reading

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The Tarkine Interpretation Centre

Located in the centre of the township of Waratah, the Tarkine Interpretation Centre is housed in the  Athenaeum Hall, a building completed in 1887 when the town was enjoying the economic prosperity provided by the Mt Bischoff tin mine.  The … Continue reading

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