Anchor Stampers

Allow a minimum of two hours for this activity. 40 mins drive each way, 20 minute walk, then you can visit the Holy Cow Café for an icecream and taste Pyengana Dairy's award-winning cheddar!

How to get there: From Tin Dragon Trail Cottages turn right onto the Tasman Highway (A3). Drive up over the hill out of Branxholm. Continue along the Tasman Highway through Derby, Moorina to Weldborough (26km). From Welborough you can continue on the A3 past the Little Plains Lookout (6.8km from Welborough). Continue on the A3 to the Anchor Road turnoff (LHS 17km from Weldborough) Less than 1km along the Anchor Rd is a turn-off to the right to the Halls Falls car park, then another 4km along the Anchor Rd is a small car park on the right-hand-side for the Anchor Stampers—a short 10 minute walk. It is signposted. The Anchor Rd is a well maintained gravel road suitable for a small car.

entrance to walk

Izumi Toyohara at the entrance to the walk February 2014

entrance to walk

We found a Geo-Cache at this site!

A part of the track was washed out by a bursting dam a few years ago; and the track is no longer maintained. So take care if you choose to do this walk. It is not a good idea to attempt the walk in wet weather!

However we have been into the Stampers serveral times during 2013-14. It is an easy walk.

Remember to be careful because you walk at your own risk.

The waterwheel that drove the original stampers in the 1880´s(recorded as the largest in Tasmania) was an estimated 20m in diamter, 1.34m wide and weighed 100 tonnes. It was used to power a 40-head stamper battery. Many streams and water races were needed to provide the water—10 tonnes of water was required to drive one revolution of the wheel. The mine closed and was sold only two years after its original openning.

The battery at the site now consists of 2 sets of 10-head stamps, which were relocated from Tasmania´s west coast in the 1930´s and were powered by a Gardener diesel motor till the mine closed in 1950.

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Part of a ten-head stamp

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Five heads frozen in position

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