Dig a little and you’ll uncover the charms of this laidback mining town, perched at the edge of wilderness.
Surrounded by rainforest and dramatic peaks, Rosebery attracts bushwalkers and mountain bike riders keen to explore nearby natural wonders.
Among the biggest drawcards is Montezuma Falls, Tasmania’s highest waterfall. Head to Williamsford, south of Rosebery, to start the 3hr return hike to a suspension bridge at the base of the 104m cascade. The easy rainforest trail, one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, follows the route of an old mining tramway. The trail is also open to mountain bikes.
Experienced mountain bike riders come to tackle the fern-framed Sterling Valley Track, renowned as a technical single track, which winds down Mount Murchison into Rosebery. Given the west coast’s wet climate, riders can expect slippery rocks and roots, and occasional deep mud.
Rosebery is a 1hr 50min drive (155km) from Devonport and a 4hr 30min drive (315km) from Hobart.
- To experience a more manicured type of “green”, head to the quirky Rosebery Golf Course, famous for its uphill, dog-legged par 5 eighth hole. It’s one of the state’s most unusual golf courses.
- Drop in at the Top Pub for a classic pub meal or to stay the night.