Situated 53 km south east of Devonport and 51 km west of Launceston on Bass Highway, Deloraine is a delightful village in the valley of the Meander River. Deloraine has many heritage buildings, both in its main street and surrounding areas. St Marks Church across the river is particularly picturesque. Up the hill behind the hotel is the birthplace of Admiral Sir John Collins, whose brilliant tactics while captain of HMAS Sydney in 1941 sank the Italian warship Bartolomeo Colleoni in the first cruiser battle of World War II. The park by the Meader River is a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch.
Where Is it?: Deloraine is 53 km south east of Devonport and 51 km west of Launceston on Bass Highway in the valley of the Meander River.
Around TownDeloraine's resident population of around 2,000 swells by 30,000 when Australia's biggest working craft fair comes to town every November. Held over four days, more than 200 exhibitors show everything from kites to candle wicks, kaleidoscopes to fine silkscreen paintings, woodcarvings, lead lights and hand-blown glassware.
If you can't make it to Deloraine in November, don't let that deter you from coming any time of the year as Deloraine is a major centre for arts and crafts in Northern Tasmania. Wander around and you'll come across many galleries, craft shops and antique stores displaying mainly the works by local artists. Among our favourites are Art as Mania, Bush Rabbit and The Alpaca Shoppe.
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Deloraine Showground, Highland Lakes Rd Deloraine
Trading: 1st Saturday of the Month 9am 1pm
Type: General. Phone: 0409 695 321
Trading: 1st Saturday of the Month 9am 1pm
Type: General. Phone: 0409 695 321
Deloraine has many heritage buildings, both in its main street and surrounding areas. St Marks Church across the river is particularly picturesque.
Up the hill behind the Delaoraine Hotel is the birthplace of Admiral Sir John Collins, whose brilliant tactics while captain of HMAS Sydney in 1941 sank the Italian warship Bartolomeo Colleoni in the first cruiser battle of World war II.
Deloraine Museum is housed in a building dating from 1856.
St Mark's Anglican Church is a fine Gothic Revival brick church designed by W.A. Clayton. The church with its tall spire and hilltop location, dominates the settlement of Deloraine in the best English tradition. The main portion of the church was dedicated in March 1859 and consecrated in March 1860 while the chancel and sanctuary were added in 1878. Its three level octagonal tower with gable top to each face is surmounted by a spire. The church features a rose window to the transept, fine north and south windows with tracery and label moulds and blanked arches to the west facade.
Location: St Mark's Anglican Church, 7 East Westbury Place, Deloraine.
In The Area
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.
Often described by visitors as a hidden treasure, somewhere that they have stumbled across, Westbury is a pretty English-style village on the Great Western Tiers tourist route between Devonport and Launceston. A village green, lots of tree-lined streets, old courtyards and stables, elegant old inns and a feast of charming old buildings means a visitor could easily spend a day just wandering around the streets.
A classic Georgian village and classified historic town, Westbury was developed as a military garrison and the troops were barracked around what today is the Village Green, reputedly one of the few traditional village greens in Australia. Prisoners were put in stocks on the green.
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.
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.
The Mole Creek area is renowned for its caves. Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves are but two caves in an area that contains over 300 known caves and sinkholes. Both caves are open to the public, and provide the opportunity to take a deeper look into the fascinating world of karst landscapes.
Other typical karst features in this area include gorges and large underground streams and springs. The Mole Creek Karst National Park was declared in 1996 to provide protection for some of the finest and most visited cave systems in the State, including Marakoopa and King Solomons Cave. Location: 36 km west via Mole Creek Main Road.
The Walls of Jerusalem is a mountainous area in the extensive central plateau of Tasmania which forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The region is an alpine wilderness dominated by dolerite peaks, highland tarns and lakes and alpine vegetation.
As the park is remote and not accessible via road, the Walls retains its wilderness character. There are no facilities for casual visitors. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park offers experienced bushwalkers and cross-country skiers the opportunity to pursue their passion within a spectacular mountain region that is little touched by the modern world, and to test their skills against the elements. Location: 58 km south west of Deloraine via Mole Creek Main Road.
Great Lake is the largest of hundreds of lakes in Tasmania s Central Plateau. Fishing is the area s greatest appeal, and apart from attracting the country s best trout fishermen, it has over the years drawn such personalities as George Harrison and that other well known fishing enthusiast, Malcolm Fraser.
Miena, the region s major town, which stands on its shores, is often covered in a blanket of snow in winter. Nearby towns Liaweenee and Miena are popular holiday shack destinations for local tourists, despite the area s reputation as being one of the coldest in the generally mild-weathered state. Location: 40 km south via Highland Lakes Road.