Montezuma Falls, John Fairhall / Auscape International

Population 1032

Like the nearby towns of Queenstown, Strahan and Zeehan, Rosebery found its economic niche in mining. The region is also known for its ancient rainforests, home to unique fauna and Huon pine, one of the oldest living things on earth.

Visitor Information

Hay's Bus Services, 10–12 The Esplanade; (03) 6473 1247.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Zeehan

    After silver-lead deposits were discovered here in 1882, Zeehan boomed and between 1893 and 1908, the mine yielded ore worth $8 million,...more

  • Queenstown

    The discovery of gold and other mineral resources in the Mount Lyell field in the 1880s led to the rapid emergence of Queenstown. Continuous...more

  • Waratah

    Waratah was the site of the first mining boom in Tasmania. Tin deposits were discovered in 1871 by James 'Philosopher' Smith, and by the...more

In Town

Mine tours: surface tours of the Pasminco mine; bookings on (03) 6473 1247.


Montezuma Falls The highest in Tasmania, the falls plummet 113 m and are accessed from Williamsford in a 3 hr return walk. The track winds through beautiful rainforest and there is a viewing platform at the falls. 11 km SW.

Pieman River cruise: daily 4hr return trips aboard Arcadia II, passing lush rainforest on the way to rugged Pieman Head, where you can go ashore and explore untouched wilderness. Leaves from Corinna, a delightful spot with a goldmining heritage; bookings (03) 6446 1170; 41km SE.

Wee Georgie Wood Steam Train: a 2km ride along a scenic track on the fully restored steam train runs 1st Sun afternoon each month Sept–Apr; Tullah; 12 km NE.

Mt Murchison: difficult but worthwhile 4hr return walk rising 1275m through ancient alpine forests; 14 km SE.

Lake Johnson Reserve Tour: alpine nature tour offering a close-up look at a stand of 10,000-year-old Huon pines; bookings on (03) 6473 1247.

Hays Trout Tours: fishing tours of west-coast lakes and rivers, Aug–Apr; bookings on (03) 6473 1247.

Fishing: good trout fishing in nearby lakes Rosebery, Mackintosh and Murchison; north and east of town.

Eco-friendly activities around town

The Overland Track 37 km

Deservedly the most well-known, multiday walking route in Australia, this 65- to 80-kilometre route through Cradle Mountain– Lake St Clair National Park is a classic (for national park information, see park entry... Find out more

Beachcombing near Strahan 45 km

Wander the wilds of Ocean Beach on the west coast, its shores battered by waves and winds, and strewn with kelp. This is western Tasmania at its finest.... Find out more

Tarkine Trails 51 km

Delve deeply into the temperate rainforest of the Tarkine Wilderness on a multi-day bushwalk with Tarkine Trails. Unashamedly made up of conservation activists, the company is keen to show you why the Tarkine area should... Find out more

Gunns Plains Cave 70 km

Located just south-west of Gunns Plains (some 23 kilometres south-west of Ulverstone), this is yet another great limestone cave. It has one of the largest shawl formations in the Southern Hemisphere, glow worms aplenty... Find out more

Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek 77 km

One of the most respected and long-running wildlife parks in Tasmania, Trowunna is involved in conservation, education and rehabilitation. There is a wide range of wildlife on display, including devils, reptiles, quolls... Find out more

Creative Paper, Burnie 86 km

Make your own paper with recycled bits and pieces on a half-hour tour at this non-profit, community-based enterprise. They use all sorts of odds and ends to make their eco-friendly papers, including old jeans, fruit pulp... Find out more

Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 86 km

If you want to embark on a little-known, but highly varied Tasmanian bushwalk, try part or the entire 80-kilometre Penguin to Cradle walk. It starts at the coast, goes through a mix of rural areas, woodlands, canyons,... Find out more

Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 87 km

Tasmania has the largest freshwater crayfish in the world, and they can grow up to a metre in length, with claws that could cut a person’s hand off. You can go out on a research trip with the world’s expert... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Tullah Lakeside Lodge

The Tullah Lakeside Lodge offers very good pub-style meals in its restaurant overlooking Lake Rosebery. The dining room is all glass and timber, with polished floors and rustic free-form timber uprights and balustrades.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Mackintosh camping area 14 km

If you are a self-sufficient camper and enjoy trout fishing and lovely scenery, this camping ground 6 km north of Tullah is ideal. It is best suited to caravans and camper trailers, as there are few tent sites. Turn east... Find out more

Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park 34 km

This cabin park in Queenstown’s south has a full list of facilities and is a good central site from which to explore the region’s mining history and extraordinary natural features. There is everything you... Find out more

Windermere Hut (walk-in camping) 35 km

This rustic hut sleeps 16 and is 7.5 km (3 hr) south of Waterfall Valley hut.... Find out more

Waterfall Valley Hut (walk-in camping) 35 km

From the northern trailhead at Waldheim, it is 10 km (allow 6 hr) to this large hut.... Find out more

Scott-Kilvert Memorial Hut (walk-in camping) 37 km

This hut was built as a memorial to 13 yr old David Kilvert and his teacher, Ewan Scott, who died in a blizzard here in 1965. It is beside Lake Rodway and involves a side-trip from the main Overland route. Access is via... Find out more

Lake Burbury Camping Ground 37 km

This vast scenic lake is the west coast’s aquatic playground, with watersports and excellent seasonal trout fishing (licences are required). Lake levels vary, reducing boat access in some years. Grassed picnic and... Find out more

Waratah camping area 37 km

Formerly the location of the world’s leading tin mine, Waratah now welcomes tourists not miners, although there is still gold to be panned in nearby creeks. In the middle of town, there is a lake and waterfall;... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Park – Cradle Mountain Campground 40 km

This is the only camping area at the northern end of Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, so it gets busy in summer and bookings are essential. Sites are in bush alcoves 2 km outside the park. Most people... Find out more

Corinna Wilderness Experience camping area 41 km

Tiny Corinna – named for the Tasmanian tiger – lies on the southern edge of the vast, heritage-listed Tarkine rainforest wilderness at the Pieman River crossing. Limited camping and riverside van sites are at... Find out more

Thureau Hills camping area 42 km

This remote spot on the edge of pretty Lake Burbury is used by campervans, motorhomes and caravans, but there are no facilities so you need to bring your own everything. The lake offers fishing and boating, with a... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Rosebery Cabin and Tourist Park

This is a small park with basic facilities, but good for an overnight stop or longer stay. Cash only is accepted.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 20 km

This park is in a lovely rural setting with lots of trees. Facilities will suit travellers passing through. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park 34 km

This is a basic park with a range of facilities. It is the only park in the immediate area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain 40 km

Set in bushland just outside the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian wilderness area, this quality park has good facilities including a large recreation building with open fireplaces. It is a popular camping site for walkers... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Strahan 45 km

Explore the impressive western coastal region from this resort-style park, only 1.5 km west of the centre of Strahan. It has good facilities and we stay here when we visit the town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Lake St Clair Lodge 65 km

This park, on the southern shores of Lake St Clair, is 5 km from Derwent Bridge. It has basic national park-style amenities and is located next to the interpretive centre within the park boundary. A national park permit... Find out more

Wings Wildlife Park 71 km

Staying here is a different experience. There is trout fishing, bushwalking, kayaking, golf, and more. The park has good facilities including powered sites, but we would opt for the unpowered riverfront camping area. The... Find out more

Penguin Caravan Park 87 km

This beachfront park at the western end of town has undergone a makeover. The waterfront sites have been refurbished and the park has a licensed restaurant. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park 88 km

This is a good quality park with spacious grassy areas and a range of facilities, about 1 km from the town centre and close to the surf club on East Beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Mount Black Lodge

Located halfway between Cradle Mountain and Strahan, this place calls itself the ‘Gateway to the Wilderness’ and it’s an apt name, being surrounded with temperate national parks, pristine World Heritage... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Waldheim Cabins 37 km

You can steal a march on everyone else in the morning by staying in historic cabins at a beautiful spot within Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, operated by the Parks and Wildlife Service. The cabins are... Find out more

Cradle Mountain Lodge 38 km

Live in the lap of luxury – old style – with a warm and welcoming central lodge, surrounded by individual cabins. Like nearly any large lodge, it does not have a perfect environmental record, but this... Find out more

Mountain Valley, Loongana 55 km

Mountain Valley is off the beaten tourist track, situated around 64 kilometres south-west of Devonport (due south of Burnie). Visitors here stay in rustic cabins with open fireplaces on a private and remote 60-hectare... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Rosebery park area

At Rosebery

On the banks of the river at Stitt Park on the south side of town.

Tullah park area 8 km

At Tullah

Off the main street into town on the shores of Lake Rosebery.

Tullabardine Dam rest area 14 km

T/O 105km S of Somerset (L) or 1km N of Tullah (R)

At the dam 6km east of the highway.

Lake Burbury camping area 37 km

T/O 20km E of Queenstown (L) or 65km W of Derwent Bridge (R)

Near the lake, 1km west of the highway.

Fossey River rest area 37 km

67km S of Somerset (L) or 39km N of Tullah (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Lake Burbury rest area 41 km

T/O 15km E of Queenstown (R) or 70km W of Derwent Bridge (L)

At the boat ramp 4km south of the highway.

Hellyer Gorge rest area 57 km

40km S of Somerset (L) or 66km N of Tullah (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

Franklin River park area 63 km

60km SE of Queenstown (R) or 25km NW of Derwent Bridge (L)

Parking area adjacent to the highway and above the picnic area.

Somerset park area 86 km

At Somerset

At the junction with Bass Hwy on the banks of the Cam River.

What's on around town

Rosebery Miners, Axemen, Bush and Blarney Festival: Irish music festival; Mar.

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