Magnet Mining Trail
Magnet Mine Trail begins 1.75km west of Waratah and traverses lush rainforest on its way to the Mount Magnet mine site. The mine site has relics to explore and good to camp. You can create a circular route using local roads, particularly if cycling. A great walk if you have the time and energy. Distance: 16km.
An isolated former mining town deep in the heart of the forests of north western Tasmania, Balfour features an historic cemetery and numerous old mine sites. Mt. Balfour Mine, a copper and tin mine, was one of the westernmost mines in Tasmania. Balfour is close to Julius River Forest Reserve, Arthur-Pieman Conservation area, Mr Frankland (433 metres), Mt. Hazelton (871 metres) and the coastal settlement of Temma. Balfour is north of Cornnia via Norfolk Road.
Reece Dam and its associated equipment is the youngest of Tasmania's hydropower systems. The first stage in this catchment was the Pieman River development. Construction finished in 1987. This scheme taps into the Pieman River and two major lakes – Mackintosh and Murchison. The second stage, the Anthony development, was completed in 1994. The last power station before the water runs out to sea, Reece Power Station is located at the foot of the Reece Dam on Lake Pieman. A 120 metre high rock fill dam, it is 35 minutes from Zeehan via a sealed road. The road goes over the dam, continuing to the Murchison Hwy.
Originally a soldier settlement after World War 1, Granville Harbour (25km south) is now a small fishing, lobster fishing and holiday community. It is 45 minutes from Zeehan via a gravel and sealed road. Granville Harbour has no shops or facilities. Granville Harbour gives access to a section of the dramatic, rugged west coast. Marked by vast sand dune systems, interspersed by rocky shores and coves, this coastline is regularly pounded by the Roaring 40’s bringing waves up to 18 metres. The nearest landmass due west of Pieman Heads is Argentina, 18,000 km away.