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Tullah is a town in the northern part of the West Coast Range, on the west coast of Tasmania, about 111 km south of Burnie. The town has a population of roughly 270 people. At the 2006 census, Tullah had a population of 195.

Town

The town is roughly divided into two "suburbs", an older northern and a younger, more planned out southern. the northern half was originally a mining town called Mount Farrell, established in year 1900 after silver lead ore was discovered in the area.

Mount Farrell Post Office opened on 1 April 1900 and was renamed Tullah in 1910.

Hydro era

It was later extended southwards by the HEC and used as a hydroelectric power scheme construction town during the making of the Pieman Scheme in the 1970s to early 1990s when its population reached 2500, but is now mainly a community at the edge of Lake Rosebery and a fishing location. Prior to adequate roads being built in the area, it was serviced by the Wee Georgie Wood Railway under its earlier name of the North Farrell Tramway.

Local amenities

Tullah has a cafe, a post office (no deliveries, reception and sending only, bill payment service and banking), Harcourts Real Estat office, Wilderness Pub and the Tullah Lakeside Lodge (which both offer accommodation), a teddy bear shop, a woodwork shop, a football oval, and online access centre.[1]

Mobile telephone service is erratic, more reliable in the northern part of town, and in the hills above town. Television reception is fair, and many houses have a satellite TV dish. Fast speed ADSL2 Internet connectivity is available or VSAT satellite link.

The town is located on the shore of Lake Rosebery. Small boats can, with care, be launched into the lake from the boat ramp off the main street, Farrell Street.

Local attractions

Animals which can be seen in the area include: wombats, possums, wallabies, the occasional tiger quoll and (rarely) a Tasmanian devil.

Towns near Tullah include Rosebery, Zeehan, Queenstown, Strahan and Waratah. It is also near Cradle Mountain and (via Rosebery) the Montezuma Falls.

Local lakes include the Mackintosh, Pieman, Murchison, Plimsoll and Herbert. Local rivers include the Mackintosh, Sophia (south end of Lake Mackintosh), Murchison, Pieman, Que and Fossey and various tributaries and creeks, such as Animal Creek.

Nearby are Murchison Dam, and the Sophia Adit, a mine-style tunnel leading to the main Sophia Tunnel which links Murchison Dam with Lake Mackintosh. An alternative is the Mackintosh Dam and Tullabardine Dam. There are boat ramps into Lake Mackintosh.

  • Whitham, Charles. Western Tasmania: A Land of Riches and Beauty.

Coordinates: 41°44′S 145°37′E / 41.733°S 145.617°E / -41.733; 145.617

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