Latrobe



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.

Visitor Information Centre: River Road, Bells Parade, Latrobe. Ph (03) 6421 4699

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

LATROBE MARKET
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



If you are in Devonport, or travelling between Devonport and Burnie, a stop-off at the Australian Axeman s Hall of Fame at Latrobe, just off the highway not far from Devonport, is highly recommended.

Since early colonial days, timbergetting and timber cutting has been a major industry in Australia. Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame and Timberworks salutes both the pioneers of the industry and those who have triumphed in the competitive woodchopping.

'Make the taste of Tassie linger longer' in the licensed cafe, or take home some Tasmanian wine or providore selections from our giftshop. The cafe is open from 9am  7 Days a week. It is not just a take-away or snack bar, but has comprehensive menus for different times of the day and week.

Platypus Interpretation Centre



The giant Platypus outside the Australian Axeman s Hall of Fame not only makes the place easy to find, it identifies another function of the centre  to provide information on the platypus, a unique Australian mammal that is prolific in the State of Tasmania. The Platypus and Trout Experience is a static interpretive display, with dioramas and taxidermies of Platypus and other Tasmanian Flora and Fauna.

Enjoy the tranquillity of the life like setting while gaining educational and informative knowledge on the lifestyle of our unique monotremes. They are the only egg laying mammals in the world! The tour includes a 10 minute David Attenborough DVD. The Trout Experience is a live display of Tasmanian Inland Fish, set in tanks with information on life and breeding cycles.

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


In The Area
Railton



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.

Sheffield



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

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