An historic farming centre on the Mersey River that was once an inland port serviced by ferries from Devonport. The town is just off the highway on the way to Launceston after leaving Devonport.

Where Is it?: 11km south of Devonport just off the main highway to Launceston.

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Around Town
Latrobe Memorial Hall, Gilbert St, Latrobe
Trading: Bi-monthly first Saturday, February to December.  9am - 1pm Type: Baby & Kids/Children. Phone: 0408 504 252

Gilbert Street, Latrobe
Trading: Every Sunday. Type: General. Phone: 0429 779 990

Courthouse Museum

Live the history of Latrobe's pioneering early settlement though the comprehensive display of photographs and artifacts at the Courthouse Museum. Bells Parade was the first Port on the North West Coast, at Bells Parade, for shipping produce.
Location: 113-117 Gilbert St, Latrobe.

Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame

Since early colonial days, timbergetting and timber cutting has been a major industry in Australia, and Latrove has played an important role in its development in Tasmania. In the early 1840s, Latrobe became a major northern port, exporting timber and then produce to the mainland during the Victorian gold rush.

The United Australian Axemen's Association was formed in Whittaker's Coffee Palace in Latrobe in June 1891 to plan the world's first axmen's carnival, which took place in the town later that year. Woodchopping events have since become part of the national culture and many Tasmanians have excelled in them. Latrobe's Australian Axeman's Hall of Fames salutes both the pioneers of the industry and those who have triumphed in the competitive woodchopping.

The Henley On The Mersey

The Henley On The Mersey is a carnival held annually on Australia Day, 26th January, at Bells Parade. This event is co-ordinated by the Henley-on-Mersey Management Committee, a joint effort of the Rotary Club of Latrobe, Lions Club of Latrobe and Latrobe Council. For over 85 years this carnival has been a major social and sporting event to raise funds, all of which are spent in the Latrobe region. One of Tasmania's leading sports carnivals, The Henley On The Mersey attracts thousands of people.

One of the highlights of the day are the Ferret Races, which creates much excitement, not only amongst the audience, but also amongst the ferret owners. The ferretingtraditions of the region are remembered when ferrets were used to hunt rabbits. The ferret would be placed down a rabbit burrow after all exits from the burrow had been netted, the ferret would then seek out the rabbits within the warren and as the rabbits tried to escape they would be caught in the nets.

Legend has it that many of the farming properties in the Latrobe district were originally purchased with thanks to the efforts of the ferrets and also the incomes from the sale of the rabbit pelts. At Henley On The Mersey, the ferrets are placed in one end of a long pipe that lies along, over and around hay bales. The first ferret to fully emerge from the pipe at the other end is the winner.

Warrawee Reserve Platypus Tours

Warrawee Reserve Landcare Platypus Tours allow viewing the unique platypus in the wild. As with most observations of animals in their natural environment, viewing cannot be guaranteed. The Land-Care experts use their skills to ensure that visitors have a high change of spotting a platypus, 99% guaranteed.

The Platypus Interpretation Centre unlocks secrets about this unique egg laying mammals, the Monotremes (Platypus/Echidna). Part of the Australian Axeman s Hall of Fame, it recreates a static display in the form of a forest glade, consisting of six ponds with a flowing water feature, inclusive of comprehensive dioramas, sculptures, mural boards and screens. Taxidermies of Tasmanian species and live native fish/water bug are on display.

Pig Island

A 30 minute nature walk traverses the well defined bush tracks and open spaces of Pig Island. The wetlands run alongside the Mersey River, and under the banks of tree lined Bells Parade. Lucky walkers may spot Platypus on this track early morning or dusk. Location: Bells Parade River Rd, Latrobe

Sherwood Hall

This historic home was built in 1850 for Thomas Johnson and his wife Dolly Dalrymple, two of the most prominent people in that era in Tasmania and the subject of historic events still taught in Tasmanian schools today. Johnson was a pioneer and settler who began life in Van Diemen's Land as a convict. After his emancipation, Johnson built the first bridge over the Mersey River, farmed the property Frogmore for many years and owned a number of establishments at Latrobe, Sherwood and Ballahoo, as well as blocks of land in the township of Tarleton where he built Sherwood Hall. Johnson later opened and operated the Alfred Colliery, which shipped its coal from Ballaho Creek.

Dolly Dalrymple Mountgarret Briggs (1808-1864) was the first recorded child of an Aboriginal and white person union. Her father was a sailor and sealer in Bass Strait. Her mother was a Tasmanian Aboriginal, named Bong, who belonged to the Dalrymple tribe, hence the name. This tribe lived near Port Dalrymple at the entrance of the River Tamar leading to Launceston.

Sherwood Hall was relocated to its present site in 1993 from its original site on Railton Road because it was threatened with collapse by long term erosion from the nearby Mersey River. Today it is furnished as would have been when Thomas Johnson and Dolly Dalrymple lived there. Sherwood Hall is open from 10am until 2pm each Tuesday and Thursday, and from 1pm until 4pm each Saturday and Sunday. Entry is with a gold coin donation.
Location: 1 Bells Parade, Latrobe. Ph 03-6426 2888.

In The Area

A rural inland town in Tasmania s north west, Railton promotes itself as the Town of Topiary - which is the art of shaping bushes and trees by careful pruning to resemble familiar objects such as animals. The idea to use topiary to bring visitors to the town birthed in the late 1990s. It began when local business owner Neil Hurley created Railton s first character topiary at his shop Looking Glass Cottage  - A horse and farmer working an old plough - a living monument to the pioneering farmers of the district.

Today there are over 100 individual topiary in the town  many forming their own story or scene, like the topiary service men and women to be placed at the cenotaph in town. Railton is 14 km south via Railton Road.


A rural inland town in Tasmania s north west, Sheffield is known as the Town of Murals  because of the many murals that decorate the walls of buildings around the town.

Names like Promised Land, Paradise and No Where Else were used to encapsulate the beauty of the region. Visitors today believe this still rings true!View rich agricultural fields, rolling green hills and natural vistas when journeying to Sheffield, Cradle Mountain, Wilmot and Railton.

Gt Western Tiers Drive

The Great Western Tiers are the northern face of the Tasmanian Central Plateau, which rises up to 1420m above sea level and is dominated by Cradle Mountain. In the foothills of the Great Western Tiers can be found a wide range of attractions both man made and natural which can be explored on this drive.

Allow a full day for the drive; add additional time if you are contemplating taking any of the bushwalks in the area or spending more time than a quick visit. The Great Western Tiers are the gateway to Tasmania's best known National Parks - Cradle Mountain, Lake St. Clair and Walls Of Jerusalem - as well as an alternative route to the west coast of Tasmania.

Leven Canyon

Leven Canyon is a 250 metre deep ravine that is part of a wildlife corridor from the coast to Cradle Mountain. The Leven River runs through 300-metre limestone cliffs carved through the Loongana Range, down to Bass Strait.

The canyon is a little-known tourist destination in Tasmania but is well woth a visit. A viewing platform offers spectacular views of Black Bluff, the canyon itself and the surrounding areas. Location: 50 km south of Devonport by road.

Elizabeth Town

Though it has a population of around 500, Elizabeth Town is one of those places that if you blink you might miss it. But if you do miss it, you will miss out on some of the best gourmet produce of Tasmania's north-west, because Elizabeth Town at the heart of a productive agricultural region producing dairy products and small fruits.

Angrove Cheese, Elizabeth Town