Tasmania is dotted with small towns with a big story to tell from coast to coast, but every so often you manage to stumble across one that is truly special.

Sitting on the edge of the famous Tarkine Reserve, this once rich mining town is now a popular tourist attraction.

Along with the magnificent Waratah waterfall – which can be found in the main street – you will also find a number of sites and artefacts that tell the story of the town’s long history.

On your list of things to do in the region is the Waratah Museum, which has a large collection of antique goods and photos on display.

To help you step back in time and really gain an appreciation of the town’s mining history, you will want to make a beeline for the replica of Philosopher Smith’s Hut sits which sits alongside the museum.

Here you can find a real-life depiction of what life would have been like for miners at the turn of the 1900s.

As you head back into town, you will want to stop for a picnic or coffee overlooking the waterfall and stroll around the lake looking for platypus!

Waratah is a 4.5-hour drive from Hobart and 75 minutes from Devonport.

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