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Zeehan, Tasmania


Remembering the Pioneers
West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum

West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum

© Tourism Tasmania and Joe Shemesh

The Tasmanian town of Zeehan, once a bustling mining community from around 1882 to 1914, lies on the west coast of the island state of Tasmania.

The town is due north of the fishing port of Strahan on the west coast and southwest of Devonport on the north coast.

At the peak of Zeehan's mining activity, the town's population reached some 10,000. This is reported to have now come down to fewer than 800.

With its rich mining history, silver-lead deposits having been found in the area in the 1880s, Zeehan is very much mining and pioneer town.

Zeehan's rich pioneering past is celebrated in the town's West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum with its displays of memorabilia and some of the world's best mineral samples.

The museum's working and static displays include mining equipment, machinery and steam locomotives.

A fee is charged for entry to the museum located on Main St. Information on 613-6471-6650.

Getting to Zeehan

Zeehan is some 168 kilometres by road in a southwesterly direction from Devonport passing north of Cradle Mountain through the Murchison (A10) Highway. Travel time should be around 2 hours and 20 minutes.

From Hobart, the road trip over some 297 kilometres takes nearly three hours through sections of national park on the Lyell Highway to the town of Queenstown, then on the Zeehan Highway from Queenstown to Zeehan.

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