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The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre and Cafe

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Well worth a visit to gain an understanding of the history of mining in this area.

There is a small museum with a number of posters explaining the history & use of tin but the main... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
The multi media presentation is outstanding.

The museum about tin mining in Derby is an outstanding attraction for a small town. The history... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
Perth, Australia
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4 Apr 2018
“Visitors are treated as 2nd class”
4 Apr 2017
“Gone now”
Derby is the small town with a big story. For a time it was the richest tin mine in the world. Water was the energy source, and to keep it coming, the company built water races and then a dam above the town. The inspectors said the dam would never...more
Tasman Highway, Derby, Tasmania, Australia
+61 3 6354 1062
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped at Derby to have lunch, placed our order and waited more than 35 minutes for a hamburger - don't mind waiting but was more than annoyed to find out that the group on bikes who arrived after us was served first because they...More

Date of experience: April 2018
7  Thank Anne M
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This experience appears to be closed now. Cafe staff said it had gone although signage still apparent

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank caesarSmokey
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised at this extremely interesting museum, very informative. Also thoroughly enjoyed the cafe within the museum, crank it cafe. Enjoyed a delicious bacon and egg roll on a soft rosemary roll, with a homemade ginger and blueberry slice to follow. Well worth a visit...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Clair K
Reviewed 30 October 2016

There is a small museum with a number of posters explaining the history & use of tin but the main attraction is a very large audio visual presentation of the history of tin mining in the area. There is a charge of about $6, the...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank mikeraus
Reviewed 21 October 2016

As a bit of background - Didn't have time to do the museum/interpretation bit. We had driven through Derby a couple of days previously and wasn't going to come back this way but we rather liked the look of things on the main road and...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank glennomeister
Reviewed 5 August 2016

The museum about tin mining in Derby is an outstanding attraction for a small town. The history and the great disaster and flood is facinating. The massive screen brings the whole story to life.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank 382albert
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Derby is a delightful country town on "The Tin Dragon Trail" with much character, scenery and a lot of history, much of it based on it's incredible mining heritage. A visit to The Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre is worth at least half an hour of...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank geoffriddiford
Reviewed 12 June 2016

I've passed Derby before so many times without stopping to do more than grab supplies at the corner store. But recently when travelling up the North-East Coast we made a point of stopping and heading into the Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre. I had no idea...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Crispforest
Reviewed 24 February 2016

A great audio visual presentation of a part of the areas tin mining history. The Cascadr Dam break in1929 destroyed the tin mining industry with significant loss of life. As well as the video presentation, the static displays provide much information on the development of...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Rowley51
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Plenty of things to check out at this stop over for all travellers. It is very bike friendly particularly with the mountain bike & road bike department . Lots of bike repair paraphernalia. The breakfast was very good value & the service was excellent

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Rosco49
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