Following the discovery of silver lead ore in 1897 by Josiah Innes, Tullah was established as a small mining town in 1900. Until 1909 the only way you could get into Tullah was by horse or foot. Mt Farrell Tramway was completed in March 1909 and in 1924 the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway was linked to the Emu Bay Railway.
The 1973 the Hydro commenced building of the Pieman River Power Development. All the construction for this project took place in Tullah, boosting its population to 2500. Up until 1994 Tullah was also the base for other Hydro projects including the King River and Anthony Power developments.
Now Tullah is a small, but well-known tourist destination, catering to mining on the West Coast.
The former mining town of Tullah in Tasmania's west is set in what is known as the lakes district. The lakes were formed after damming for hydroelectric schemes and are now well-stocked with brown and rainbow trout, eagerly sought by fly fishing enthusiasts (a fishing licence is required).
Dominating the town is the wooded peak of Mt Farrell. It is a strenuous three hour walk to the summit, but you will be rewarded by magnificent views, an alpine lake just below the summit and wonderful wildflower display in spring.
In town, the North Mount Farrell Tramway was built to facilitate the moving of goods in and out of the remote mining town. It closed in 1964 after the completion of the Murchison Highway and has now been restored as a tourist railway, the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway. Wee Georgie Wood is actually a steam engine, and steam-drawn rides are available along the restored section of track on Saturdays except in winter.
Tullah is on the shores of Lake Rosebery, surrounded by forests and mountains and close to the Southwest Conservation Area. There are boat tours of the lake from the nearby town of Rosebery. Between Tullah and Rosebery is the spectacular Anthony Road, which goes to Anthony Power Station, one of the state's newest. Several classic walks can be accessed from the road and it is one of the few places where you can see all the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair peaks.
The Tullah Challenge is a multi-sport event held each year on the last weekend in November. The event consists of a cycle, kayak and a run for individuals and teams. It is renowned for its spectacular mountain and rainforest scenery.
Rises to 1275 m but is a difficult walk. Most walkers follow the power lines to the saddle of the mountain from where a track leads to the top. The mountain is commonly covered in snow in winter time and, like all mountains in the area, is prone to dramatic and very rapid seasonal changes.
Although it is only 712 m high, Mount Farrell does offer the scenic splendour of views across to Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park. The walk to the top is relatively short (only 4 km) but in that short distance the track rises 500 metres. Again this is for experienced walkers.