Branxholm is a small timber, hop growing and agricultural town, which was a bustling mining town a century ago. Mt Horror, surrounded by extensive pine and gum plantations, has excellent scenic views; there are some top fishing spots along the banks of the Ringarooma River. Of historical interest is the disused Mt Paris Dam which has been emptied and left abandoned in the bush.
The small town of Legerwood near Ringarooma is worth a visit to see the town’s war memorial – a series of chainsaw scuptures honouring the soldiers who fell in the Great War (1914-18).Spanning the rugged North-East from Launceston to St Helens, the The Trail of the Tin Dragon winds its way through stunning scenery and historic townships. The Trail tells the little known story of tin mining in the North East of Tasmania, focusing on the European and Chinese miners who sought their fortune and risked all for this most remarkable metal.
The village of Ringarooma is surrounded by farming country. Tt is on the edge of the mountains of the North-East, with Mount Victoria and Ben Lomond rising to the south. Ringarooma is home to one of the North East’s oldest churches, now proudly displaying the history of the community’s cultural, farming and mining past. A fascinating collection, much enjoyed by genealogists for it’s comprehensive history records, it’s a glimpse into a past of community, farming, gold and tin.
At over 90 metres Ralphs Falls is Tasmania’s highest single drop waterfall, a streaming ribbon of water plunging over a sheer rock face. Soak up the beauty of the rich, rolling farmland surrounding Ringarooma en route to Mt. Victoria Forest Reserve and Ralph Falls.
From Ralphs Falls picnic area, choose the 20 minute return walk to through a wonderland of moss, ferns and Myrtle forest to Norm’s Lookout and the face of Ralphs Falls. At over 90 metres Ralphs Falls is Tasmania’s highest single drop waterfall, a streaming ribbon of water plunging over a sheer rock face.
Cash’s Gorge is a beautiful but relaxed walk of approximately 40 minutes on boardwalk through rainforest, stands of tea tree, sphagnum moss and rugged terrain returning to the car park.