WARATAH was established in 1871 when pioneer James 'Philosopher' Smith discovered the Mt Bischoff tin deposit. During the 1880s Mt Bischoff was reputed to be the world's richest tin mine. At the mine's peak, the population of Waratah swelled to over 5,000 people.

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Visitor Information

C/- Council Chambers
Smith Street, Waratah TAS 7321
Tel: (03) 6439 7100
Fax: (03) 6439 7010
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Open: 9am - 5pm (closed 12.30pm - 1.30pm) Monday to Friday.

How to get there

Road (Self Drive)
From Wynyard take the B26 to Yolla then A10 to Waratah.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns
Waratah to: Burnie - 65kms (1 hour), Cradle Mountain - 50km (45 min), Strahan - 115km (1 hour 30 min), Wynyard - 64km (1 hour 15 min).


Caravan park and camping ground, a hotel and guest houses. Advance bookings are strongly recommended all year. Reservations for the caravan park can be made through the Visitor Information Centre.

Motor Homes and Camping
Waratah Council Caravan Park. Powered sites available. Toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Fees payable. Tel: (03) 6439 7100.

Designated Sullage Point
Annie Street, Waratah.

Internet Cafes

Online Access Centre, Council Chambers, Smith Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 7100.

Banks & ATMs

Banking facilities available at Post Office, Council Chambers, Smith Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 7100.
EFTPOS, Waratah Roadhouse, 110 Smith Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 1110.
EFTPOS, Bischoff Hotel, 20 Main Street, Waratah. Tel: (03) 6439 1188.







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