Nov
29
2011

Experience the rich history of mining hub Zeehan

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Zeehan was once Tasmania's third-largest town and a social hub for the entire west coast, but these days it is a quaint destination offering fascinating glimpses into its historic past.

North of Queenstown, Zeehan it is one of many interesting Tasmanian towns worth exploring for any visitor to the island state with time to spare.

Its rich mining history can be investigated intimately, as you put yourself in the shoes of an early settler and embark on a walk through the beautiful old streets.

At the West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum there is a comprehensive display of photographs, machinery and mining memorabilia.

You will come across the restored Gaiety Theatre – a state of the art building when it was constructed in 1898 and now holding a capacity of 1,000 people. It once played host to Australia's first opera star Dame Nellie Melba.

For those more inclined toward outdoors activities, Lake Pieman is a superb place to try your hand at trout fishing, while crayfish abound in nearby Granville Harbour.

With fabulous view from the top of Mount Zeehan, this is an ideal location to stop by at for a day or two as part of your island journey.

A view of Zeehan township

Old steam locomotive at Zeehan, West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum in this former mining hub. Image credit:Ken Hawkey

West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum of this former mining hub

The quite wonderfully restored Gaiety Theatre image credit: Ali Rolls

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