For history buffs and nature enthusiasts who enjoy old settlements amid diverse natural landscapes, this highway trek has plenty. Upon leaving the picturesque waterside village of Strahan
, there are opportunities to view the Henty Dunes in the distance towards the coast. The Henty Road eventually takes you to the historic mining town of Zeehan
. When heading towards Rosebery, there are some hazardous sections which can be affected by cold and wet weather
so take care.
Soon you will arrive at Tullah which is a former mining town on the shores of Lake Rosebery and surrounded by majestic forests and mountains. The lakes around Tullah were formed after damming for hydroelectric schemes and are now well-stocked with brown and rainbow
trout (a fishing license is required to fish for them).
One of the natural highlights of the trip is driving through Hellyer Gorge State Reserve, which is a mountainous and heavily forested area, and one of the most impressive sections of the Murchison
Highway. Where the highway approaches and crosses the Hellyer River, spectacular views of the gorge and forest exist. Hellyer Gorge is a popular tranquil spot
, featuring a nice picnic spot
and interpretive walks along the river.
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Things to See & Do
Since there is fuel available at the major towns en route such as Zeehan
and Tullah, please ensure you have adequate fuel supplies between stops. Also make sure you are comfortably stocked with food and water for the three and a half hour journey. During the winter months it can get very cold (near zero degrees) so if travelling during this time, it is essential to bring warm clothing. If you are deciding to explore around Hellyer Gorge State Reserve - make sure you bring good hiking shoes.
In some sections, the Murchison
Highway is susceptible to ice and snow during winter and roads may be closed. Please keep updated with the latest weather
and road conditions
from the local shires. Drive safely around the steeper gradients in the mountainous regions. There are some hazardous sections of road around Rosebery and especially at the edge of Mount Black so take extreme care.
Fuel Supplies & Usage
|Strahan, Zeehan, Rosebery, Tullah, Wynyard
||Diesel||4cyl 28 litres
||ULP||4cyl 32 litres
||LPG||4cyl 40 litres|
|6cyl 31 litres||6cyl 36 litres||6cyl 35 litres|
|8cyl 31 litres||8cyl 33 litres|
Camp Sites & Accommodation
Highway provides an enjoyable winding route through spectacular cool forests along much of its length. There are some magnificent mountain views, valleys of beautiful Blackwood and Myrtle forests and rows of both natural and planted eucalypt plantations. Some of the fauna that you may see on your journey include: Forester kangaroos, Tasmanian echidnas, wombats and Bennett's wallabies.
There are sections with steep terrain mainly in the central west, which gives way to flatter less winding sections as the route proceeds to the north. The route is characterised by mining towns such as Zeehan
and Rosebery in the southwest, forest plantations in the southwest and central sections, and open farmlands in the north.
Construction on the Murchison
Highway began in 1962 and finished in 1964. Prior to the construction, most transport from the west coast to the north was done via rail on the Emu Bay
Railway or ship from Strahan/Regatta Point in Macquarie Harbour. The Murchison
Highway which lies between Rayna (near Zeehan
) and Somerset
(on the north coast), totals 135kms and ranges from 12m to 708m above sea level.
The old mining town of Zeehan
was founded in 1882 with the discovery of silver lead. This town which was dubbed the 'Silver City of the West' was once the third largest settlement in Tasmania
with a population
of 10,000 - today it is around a tenth of that size.
Rosebery is a mining town nestled 145m above sea level in the hills. In 1893, Thomas McDonald discovered alluvial gold along with boulders of lead and zinc sulphide in a creek on the southern slopes of Mount Black. Today, the town’s economy thrives primarily from mining zinc concentrate, and secondary to lead, copper and gold.