Deloraine, TAS

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Welcome to Deloraine

 Westbury, Deloraine, Port Sorell, Beauty Point, Beaconsfield

Situated on the Bass Highway thirty five kilometres west of Launceston,Westbury is an quaint historic town with a distinct English flavour. Dating back as early as 1828, Westbury's grand old buildingsare the source of much of it's appeal, particularly the stately White House on King Street. Set alongside the town's uncommon village green,the White House contains an extensive colonial museum featuring antiquefurnishings, vintage cars, and an incredible collection of 19th century toys. Following in the theme, Westbury's other main attractions includea working assortment of steam train locomotives at Pearn's Steam World, and the very British Westbury Maze, a challenging and well-kept hedge maze on the outskirts of town.

Another 16 kilometres further west of Westbury, Deloraine is Tasmania's largest inland town, beautifully set on the Meander River and the gentle foothills of the rugged Great Western Tiers. Originally settled in 1830, Deloraine has many surviving Georgian and Victorianbuildings which are best seen on foot. The ideal place to begin your self-guided tour is the Folk Museum (doubles as the tourist office) on Emu Bar Road, ending with a stroll in the superb riverside parklands towards the centre of town.

Apart from the town's fine buildings, the Deloraine community is equally renowned for its vigorous enthusiasm towards arts and crafts.The locals not only display their quality wares in the town's numerous galleries and craft outlets, but host what is claimed to be Australia'slargest working craft fair, held early November every year. So popularis the event, that the town's great range of accommodation is usuallybooked out well in advance. For those that can't make it in November,markets are held at the showground on the first Sunday of every month.

On the coast north of Deloraine, Port Sorell is a small but popular holiday town, overlooking the wide estuary of the Rubicon River. Although the township can boast a mild climate nearly all year round, most visitors arrive in the warmer months, looking to enjoy thegreat fishing, boating, and swimming conditions on offer around the estuary. A favourite spot is Hawley Beach, an isolated sandy stretchaccessible via a pleasant, three kilometre walk to the north of town. On the opposite side of the estuary, more picturesque and deserted beaches can be found within the Narawntapu National Park, the area's other major drawcard. The park also provides the breeding grounds for acolony of fairy penguins, as well as protecting a diverse variety of other fauna including seabirds, kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, and large battalions of soldier crabs. A number of well signposted walkingtracks traversing the park give visitors a great chance of spottingmore than their fair share of wildlife, especially the Springlawn Nature Walk which takes trekkers over a wetland area (via an elevatedboardwalk) to a bird hide.

If you can't arrange a boat ride across to the park from Port Sorell,land access is available off the West Tamar Highway, near the pretty little holiday destination of Beauty Point. Located 48 kilometres north-west of Launceston on the mighty Tamar River, the townwas primarily established to ship the healthy amounts of gold being extracted from the nearby Cabbage Creek Hill gold mine, though current day activities sees Beauty Point being frequented by fishermen and sailors. If you don't have your own boat or yacht moored at the marina,Tamar Boat Hire & Cruises will tailor make a tour of the Tamar's superb waterways to suit your tastes (see Tours & Trips under Things To Do).

Five kilometres directly south of Beauty Point, Beaconsfield isthe new name of this quiet town formerly known as Cabbage Creek Hill.The streetscape of this once thriving gold-mining town is dominatedby the impressive ruins of three of the original mine buildings, two ofwhich now house the Grubb Shaft Gold and Heritage Museum, Beaconsfield's main attraction. The museum features numerous hands-onand interactive exhibits, as well as working mining models, a restoredminer's cottage, and various displays filled with artefacts from the era.

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