Although nowhere near as famous as their Victorian and New South Wales counterparts, Tasmania has a surprising number of historical goldfields, some of which contain examples of dry stone walls.
Most of the Tasmania’s gold workings are either on the ‘wet and wild’ west coast or the dry north-east of the State. Most drystone structures are confined to fairly simple retaining walls, often to provide support for pack tracks and loading ramps traversing slopes, or to shore up ground next to adits or shafts. Sluicing of the steep gully walls was aided by water gravity-fed via a hand-dug race of several kilometres length. Recent mining impact assessments recommend preserving the best examples of drystone structures.
Two dry stone walls are permanently listed on the Tasmania Heritage Register: Margate Rivulet and Westthorp dry stone walls
The Dry Stone Wall Preservation Group here operates in Tasmania, most of the members of whom are also members of DSWAA.