Squint and you might spy the cross that some Tullah locals swear is etched into the face of Mount Murchison.
Perhaps that’s why this one-time mining town is known as God’s Country, according to an information board near the train station for Wee Georgie Wood, a tiny locomotive that operates on selected weekends (October to April).
Enthusiasts operate the steam train that hauls a dinky 15-passenger carriage along a 1.8km stretch of track shaded by eucalypt forests and tree ferns. Piercing whistle toots let everyone know the train is coming through the little town with two histories: it first housed miners, then workers employed by the hydroelectric power scheme.
Tullah sits on the shore of Lake Rosebery, a reservoir created in 1983, with Mount Farrell rising behind the town.
Tullah is a 1hr 40min drive (141km) south-west of Devonport.
- Paddle Lake Rosebery by kayak or canoe.
- Strike out on foot for Mount Murchison’s summit – on clear days, you can see Cradle Mountain.
- Mountain bike riders can tackle Mount Murchison via the Sterling Valley Track.