We Found the Friendliest Town In Tasmania
Nov 01, 2010
Mar 30, 2011
Where I stayed
Council Caravan Park
Waratah is a tiny tin mining town (but the mine has closed and is waiting for the tin price to go up). It has a waterfall and water wheel in the main street, and has to be the friendliest town we have stayed in. It was like stepping back in time to about 40 years ago. The caravan park was great, and was right on a picturesque lake, which is a platypus habitat. There were kids in canoes there each day, and they have duck races there in two weeks. It was such a lovely place to stay, there were even cows mooing in the field next to us. We stayed here three days, and felt like locals when we left. We went for a drive on the last day, to Pieman River which is about one and a half hours from Waratah (the road signs don't give distances, but time taken, due to the twisty, hilly roads). We passed Savage River, and this is the site of a large mine, and is where the men from Waratah work. It was such a remote place, we just couldn't imagine working there. Pieman River was very pretty, but it cost us $20 to cross the river on a two car punt, the trip took about 5 minutes, if that! We then drove to Zeehan, which is also a mining town, but is struggling to exist. It was very depressed, and you can buy two blocks of land for $14,000. It would be deathly cold there in winter, and there is nothing to do.