Cradle Mountain -
a relaxing 1 hours drive from Rosebery.
The Centre of the West Coast!
Rosebery, Tasmania 7470
Rosebery, situated at the foot of Mount Black [(the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere with trees at its summit), with a grand panarama of Mt Murchison [1275m] (the highest mountain on Tasmania's West Coast) and Mount Read [1129m] (Tasmania's Wettest Place) is an active poly-metallic (Gold, Silver, Zinc, Copper, & Lead) mining town with an estimated yield of $8 billion since mining began over a century ago.
Rosebery lays claim to:
- The "highest" post code in Tasmania - (7470)
- Australia's steepest golf course - Come Stay at Crib & Cradle and Play a round or two!
- Home to Tasmania's "highest" rainfall location on nearby Mount Read
- Mount Black is the "highest" mountain in the southern hemisphere with trees at its summit.
- Tasmania's "highest" waterfall - Montezuma Falls, accessed either by walking along the old tram route, by self-drive or by a 4WD tour.
Things to Do at Rosebery
There are three major events not to miss when coming to Rosebery on your holiday. The first one is the Rosebery Folk Festival weekend held in February every year, The second is the Rosebery Athletics Carnival held in December each year, and the Targa Tasmania Event, which features cars racing through Rosebery every year throughout April or May.
The start of the track to the Falls begins at Williamsford, eight (8) kilometres south of Rosebery (10 minutes' drive). This easy, three-hour return walk along a graded trail (approximately 7 km) follows the historic route of the former North East Dundas Tramway takes you right to the base of the 104 metre Falls through pleasant park-like rainforest including leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras and giant tree ferns. You may see native wildlife along the way, including several species of birds.
Rosebery Golf Course
This popular and scenic community-run golf course features the steepest green in Australia with the par 5 "up" and "down" eighth hole. Surrounded by lush rainforest. Some hills are involved. Green fees are paid into an honesty box as clubrooms are only open on competition days. Just 5 minutes drive South of Rosebery township on the Murchison Highway. Tel: (03) 6473 1112.
Colebrook Hill Fossicking Area
Access: this 0.5 km2 fossicking area is via a disused vehicular track which leaves the Murchison Highway approximately 500 metres west of the Rosebery Golf Course. Follow the vehicular track some 600 metres to the start of a walking track which heads more directly uphill until it joins another disused vehicular track leading directly past the fossicking area.
NB: Fossickers should be prepared for snow and other severe weather conditions at all times (both on the road and in the bush).
Collecting Area: The collecting area lies at the top of Colebrook Hill, 4.5 km southwest of Rosebery. A large open cut on the southern side of the hill, close to the summit (at AMG reference 374 800 mE, 5 371 700 mN) affords a good collecting location.
Material: This location has produced Australia's best ferroaxinite specimens, some of which are world class. The deposit occurs in an unusual rock type, sometimes described as allimurite or axinite-hornfels. The rock has formed because boron-rich solutions from an underlying granite reacted with limestone or other reactive calcium-rich rock types. The mine was originally worked for copper, but silver, gold, tin, lead, zinc and tungsten minerals are also present. The deposit is very complex and of great mineralogical interest, and is presently being worked for specimen minerals, most of which need to be acid-treated to dissolve the enclosing calcite.
This 4 km walk takes about 4 hours return and offers many photographic opportunities of the West Coast. It is not an easy walk/climb for the faint hearted, but very much worth the effort and is recommended for the serious walker. The track is accessible from the Anthony Road that runs from Tullah to Queenstown and climbs through a variety of ancient alpine forests. The transition of vegetative types from base to the summit is remarkable, with the different seasons also showing changes. The alpine autumn is especially vivid with the changing colours of the deciduous beech.
(Northern end of Mt Murchison)
Huon Pines + Much More
Is home to possibly the oldest living plant on earth, so far discovered, the Huon Pines. Although it is not accessible to the public, there are guided tours available. (See the Lake Johnson Reserve Tour). Located in the Lake Johnson Nature Reserve is this group of Huon Pines thought to have been living at this location for more than 10,000 years and is of world heritage significance. The reserve also contains the largest collection of alpine flora known of in one area of the state.
Click on the Huon Pine Tree above to read
Dr Keith Corbett's article!
Stitt River Rain Forest Nature Trail - the heart of Rosebery boasts this gentle 30 minute walk through rain forest starts at the Stitt Park (about 500m South of Rosebery Town Centre) and ends at the Stitt River Falls, near the Rosebery Sports ground.
Stitt River Waterfall
Mount Farrell / Lake Herbert
This is an interesting short walk of around 3 hrs duration that starts on a signposted track in Tullah on the Tasmanian west coast, Distance is about 3km each way, with a climb of about 500m involved. Initial walking is through forest and climbs steeply after passing a few old mines. Around 35 minutes, and you're out onto a button grass clad ridge. At the track junction, take the right branch, as the other one takes a lower route to the other side of the range and Lake Herbert. Continue climbing and the track makes the top of the ridge, and there's some views of Lake Mackintosh to the east. The track follows the ridge south over a few ups and downs to the summit. There are a few patches of scrub, but the track avoids most of these and is easy to follow. The summit offers some good views of Mt Murchison, Tullah and the nearby Lake Herbert.
Crib & Cradle
Accommodation & Licenced Restaurant
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