Population 846

After silver-lead deposits were discovered here in 1882, Zeehan boomed and between 1893 and 1908, the mine yielded ore worth $8 million, which led to its nickname, the 'Silver City of the West'. However, from 1910 the mine started to slow and Zeehan declined, threatening to become a ghost town. Fortunately, the nearby Renison Bell tin mine has drawn workers back to the area.

Visitor Information

West Coast Heritage Centre, 114 Main St; (03) 6471 6225.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Rosebery

    Like the nearby towns of Queenstown, Strahan and Zeehan, Rosebery found its economic niche in mining. The region is also known for its...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

  • Strahan

    This pretty little port on Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania's west coast, is the last stop before a long stretch of ocean to Patagonia....more

In Town

West Coast Pioneers Memorial Museum The old Zeehan School of Mines building (1894) has been converted into a comprehensive museum outlining the local history with extensive mineral, geological and locomotive collections. Main St.

Historic buildings: the whole town is National Trust–classified. Boom-era buildings on Main St include Gaiety Theatre, once Australia's largest theatre. Other buildings of historical interest include the post office, bank and St Luke’s Church.

Scenic drives: self-guided drives in town and nearby; brochure from visitor centre.


Fishing: Trial Harbour (20 km W) and Granville Harbour (35 km NW) are popular fishing spots.

Lake Pieman: boating and good trout fishing; 42 km NW.

Cruises: tour the Pieman River, leaving from fascinating former goldmining town, Corinna; bookings on (03) 6446 1170; 48 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Beachcombing near Strahan 30 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

The Overland Track 57 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

Tarkine Trails 70 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 89 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 96 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

Campsites around town

Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park 29 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

Corinna Wilderness Experience camping area 34 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

Lake Mackintosh camping area 34 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

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

Macquarie Heads camping area 38 km

Strahan is a must-see destination in Tasmania, and the starting point for cruises along the iconic Gordon River. This grassed, shady camping area is 15 km west of town; follow Ocean Beach Rd, then head left along a rough... Find out more

Thureau Hills camping area 39 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

Darwin Dam camping area 44 km

This remote camping area at the southern tip of Lake Burbury is located deep within the forest, 25 km south of Queenstown along the unsealed Mt Jukes Rd. There is free camping beside the dam and in clearings bedside the... Find out more

Waratah camping area 52 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

Windermere Hut (walk-in camping) 53 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) 54 km

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

Caravan parks around town

Treasure Island Caravan Park 1 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

Rosebery Cabin and Tourist Park 20 km

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

Queenstown Cabin and Tourist Park 29 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 – Strahan 30 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

Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain 60 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

Lake St Clair Lodge 74 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 91 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Hotel Cecil and Old 
Miners Cottages

An authentic Aussie pub is a rare thing these days, especially one with a resident ghost. Hotel Cecil – and the spirit of Maud Wrathall – has occupied this main street site since 1900, when Zeehan was at its... Find out more

Corinna Wilderness 

Deep in the forests north of Zeehan, where travellers on the so-called ‘road to nowhere’ must board a barge to cross the Pieman River, these solar-powered wilderness cottages offer the most isolated... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Waldheim Cabins 57 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 59 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 75 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 20 km

At Rosebery

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

Tullah park area 28 km

At Tullah

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

Tullabardine Dam rest area 35 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.

Lake Burbury rest area 39 km

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

At the boat ramp 4km south of the highway.

Fossey River rest area 54 km

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

Just off the highway among some trees.

Franklin River park area 68 km

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

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

Hellyer Gorge rest area 72 km

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

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

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