Explore the Gateway to the Tarkine Wilderness

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The perfect base for travelers to explore the Tasmanian wilderness

Waratah is on the doorstep of the Tarkine - Australia's largest temperate rainforest.  It contains a spectacular waterfall across the road from the hotel, numerous scenic walks and drives, caravan park and camping ground, golf course, historic buildings, interpretation centre, museum and galleries packed with historical treasures.  Explore the fascinating history of Pioneer James "Philosopher" Smith, the Mt. Bischoff tin mine he discovered in 1871, and how both man and mine changed the course of history for Tasmania.

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The Bischoff Hotel is the only hotel in Australia with views of a waterfall.  You can observe this spectacular waterfall from above the gorge while standing at the observation area, sitting in the rotunda or enjoying a BBQ picnic in the covered area.   For the more adventurous, you can walk down to the bottom of the falls on a gravel walkway (it's an easy walk downhill but quite steep on the way back up).



The Waratah Museum is located in the historic former Courthouse building and houses an eclectic display of local historical artefacts, photos and personal stories. A replica of 'Philosopher' Smith's Hut sits next to the Museum, demonstrating the conditions of miners during those early days.


In 1907 a new power station was built at Ringtail Falls and the remnants of this historic building can be viewed via a two and a half hour loop walk through the forest.


The Mountain Vista Golf Club is a 9 hole public course located in Waratah. Open all year round, the clubs signature hole is the par 5 579m 5th which is one of the longest holes in the southern hemisphere. The par of the course is 35 (2627m). A set of golf clubs is available to use at no charge for all in-house guests of the Bischoff Hotel.


Enjoy hours walking the clean, easily accessible banks of the Waratah River, Coldstream River and surrounding waterways casting to beautiful fish (some up to 6lb!), whilst your guide Hannah shares with you stories of the remote town of Waratah, its long history of trout in the area, and her vast entomological, botanical and fauna knowledge - all in a fun and safe guiding experience. See various native bird species including wedge tail eagles; see the platypus, pademelon and countless other endemic plant and animal species in one small, stunning area.


Wild Wombat Walks is Tasmania’s most unusual guiding company based in Waratah, on the edge of takayna / The Tarkine Wild Place.  They provide a bespoke service which offers a range of day and overnight walks that are very low impact and well priced. “Bespoke” means hand made. Pick where you’d like to walks, how many days you would like to spend exploring and an idea of your budget and they will do the rest.

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The Pieman River Cruise is considered to be the best river cruise our patrons have taken. The cruise passes close to the wreck of the SS Croydon at the mouth of the Savage River and to Lover’s Falls near the mouth of the Donaldson. This is an uplifting and authentic experience, rich in history, nature and personal anecdotes.

One of Tasmania's most loved and beautiful natural attractions. Only a short 40 min drive from The Bischoff Hotel. Cradle Mountain forms part of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage and is an explorers paradise. With rugged landscapes, ancient rainforest and cascading waterways, there is endless beauty to discover.

Take a nostalgic train ride on a heritage steam railway and experience what it was like to travel to an isolated Tasmanian West Coast community in the early 20th century.

Located 10km from Waratah on the B23 towards Corinna, The Philosopher falls track is a must do, taking you through the beautiful, wild and colourful Tarkine forest.

Tarkine Quad and Side By Side Adventures runs a number of buggy tours, from tag-along day trips to fully catered and supported multi-day adventures.