Zeehan Things to Do
The West Coast Heritage Centre
As museums go the West Coast Heritage Centre including The West Coast Pioneers’ Museum is a beauty with much to offer visitors of nearly all interests. Over time the centre has taken over 4 of the major mining-boom era buildings that line Main Street, including the gracious Gaiety Theatre and Grand Hotel built 1898. At the rear are many other heritage buildings that have been incorporated into the centre. A quick look at Google Earth and the site seems to be almost a square measuring 110 metres each side..
I should say that the web site as shown below does not do justice to what is available to see and do at the centre and I would suggest that those who have an interest in history should allow ALL DAY to enjoy what is on offer. Admission is $15 for adults and $12.50 Concession holders.
Brief list of attractions:
World Class Mineral Exhibition
Underground Mine Simulation
Extensive Pictorial History\
Motor Vehicle Display
Mine Blacksmiths Shop
Railway, Railcar and transport exhibits
Police Station and Court House
Masonic Lodge and exhibit
Various Mining Exhibits
. . . and much, much more.
Strongly suggest a visit to the centre’s download page for a 25% off the price of admission voucher as well as interesting maps.- see http://www.westcoastheritagecentrezeehan.com.au/downloads. Note discount does not apply for concession prices as this is already discounted (not explained on web site). Once admission price is paid, visitors can re-enter centre during same day.
Although there is a visitors lounge with coffee and cold drink vending machines visitors may like to have a break from all the looking.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Road Trip
The huge lake
Lake Pieman is a Hydro Tasmania lake near Rosebery in Tasmania’s west. Rosebery is a mining town, five hours’ drive (335 kilometres/208 miles) north west of Hobart, and ninety minutes south of Burnie (125 kilometres/77 miles). It's not that far from Zeehan, only half an hour.
Lake Pieman lies to the west of Rosebery and, like all Hydro Tasmania lakes, is stocked with plump trout. You can launch your boat at a number of boat ramps on the Lake and spend the day fishing, or enjoy a picnic or barbecue on the shore. You can also explore the Pieman River from the water, aboard a cruise which departs from the township of Corinna.
You will need a licence to fish for trout in Tasmania’s lakes. A free brochure - ‘Fishing Code for Anglers’ is available from licence-selling agents and the Inland Fisheries Commission.Related to:
- National/State Park
Old Post Office
One of the few other noteworthy bits of architecture is the old post office that is in excellent condition seeing that it's useful life has declined immensely.
All the worthy buildings are on the main street so it's not hard to get to see them all in a short space of time.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Main Street, Zeehan, Australia
Pit Stop Café: - quirky decor
In all fairness to the rest of Zeehan, it was a Sunday when we visited so much of the town was closed down – except the West Coast Heritage Centre and the quirky retro Pit Stop Café. Sadly for the owners of the café the business is located at the far end of the main street and away from the ‘passing trade’.
It was a cold and damp day when we visited, so the cheery wood fire welcomed and so did the aroma of freshly made coffee and food at reasonable prices.
What really sets this business apart is the 50’s and 60’s era décor, which includes a glassed-in motor cycle/bike workshop. As it was a Sunday no activity was taking place in the glassed in area and just maybe the usual occupant was allowing the wind to blow away the cobwebs on his favourite motor bike and helmet.
The toilet is a must visit – and I’m not going to spoil the surprise of the visit for you.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel