Marrawah

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Marrawah
Tasmania
Marrawah is located in Tasmania
Marrawah
Marrawah
Coordinates 40°56′S 144°42′E / 40.933°S 144.700°E / -40.933; 144.700Coordinates: 40°56′S 144°42′E / 40.933°S 144.700°E / -40.933; 144.700
Population 407 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7330
Location 491 km (305 mi) NW of Hobart
State electorate(s) Braddon
Federal Division(s) Braddon

Marrawah is a small town in the north of the West Coast of Tasmania, Australia. Marrawah is located in the former shire of Wellington. At the 2006 census, Marrawah had a population of 407.[1]

Marrawah is mainland Tasmania's westernmost settlement and the furthest settlement from Hobart. It is located 491 km north-west of Hobart and 292 km north-west of Launceston and lies at the western end of the A2 sealed road. Marrawah also marked the end of Tasmania's westernmost railway, the Smithton to Marrawah Tramway.[2] Farming, including dairy farming, and tourism are the main commercial activities. The area has several important Aboriginal sites, such as Aboriginal carvings at Mount Cameron West and Sundown Point.[3]

Greens Beach near Marrawah is also known a good location for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.[4]

The Woolnorth Wind Farm on Cape Grim is visible in the distance to the north of Marrawah.

History[edit]

Marrawah Post Office opened on 1 March 1897. A Marrawah East office opened in 1921, was renamed Redpa in 1926 and closed in 1987.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Marrawah (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  2. ^ Light Railways 236, April 2014
  3. ^ Marrawah, The Age, February 8, 2004
  4. ^ Tasmanian Kite Surfing Association Location Database
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.