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Great Western Tiers
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Total 187km

Great Western Tiers

The Great Western Tiers is a place of diverse beauty with spectacular natural features, history and heritage and amazing geological features.

Start: Launceston

Duration: 1 to 2 days

Print: Great Western Tiers [PDF 333KB]

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Launceston - Deloraine

  • Depart Launceston for Deloraine
  • On the way, visit the historic towns of Carrick, Hadspen and Hagley.
  • At Hadspen, wander through Entally House, one of Tasmania's oldest National Trust properties.
  • Travel through Hagley and on to Westbury, renowned for its English country character and variety of wonderful colonial architecture.
  • Opposite the 'White House' in Westbury is the town's original Village Green, complete with maypole and stocks.
  • Visit Pearn's Steam World and the Vintage Tractor Museum with its extensive array of vintage machinery.
  • Enjoy Liffey Falls, near Westbury, a series of picturesque waterfalls in a beautiful rainforest setting with easy walking tracks and good picnic facilities.
  • From Liffey Falls, travel on to Deloraine or return to Westbury.
  • Deloraine is a classified historic town on the pretty Meander River in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers. The town is well known for its Tasmanian crafts, artwork and quality designs in fabric, glass, stoneware and jewellery, all available at local galleries.
  • Deloraine also hosts Australia's largest working craft fair in late October-early November each year. (Book well in advance if you intend to stay in the vicinity during the fair.)
  • Look out for the sculpture that marks the start of the Great Western Tiers Sculpture Trail, comprising 15 unique artworks in Deloraine, Mole Creek and the surrounding areas.
  • As an afternoon treat, sample raspberries and cheeses at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Ashgrove Cheese on the main highway via Elizabeth Town.
  • There are various accommodation options in Deloraine, Westbury, Mole Creek and the surrounding areas, as well as restaurants, cafes and hotels.

Deloraine - Cradle Mountain

  • From Deloraine, drop into the 41 Degrees South Salmon and Ginseng Farm at Redhills. Take a self-guided walk around the grounds and feed the fish, plus there's a cafĂ© and tasting area.
  • Stop at the Melita Honey Farm in Chudleigh (closed Saturdays) and taste some of its 50 delicious honey varieties while watching the busy bees in the glass beehive inside.
  • Take a quiet country stroll to a forest lookout perched high above the Mersey River at the Alum Cliffs State Reserve, between Chudleigh and Mole Creek.
  • Stop for lunch or enjoy a picnic on the grassed area on the main street of Mole Creek.
  • Visit the Mole Creek Caves in the Mole Creek Karst National Park. Marakoopa and King Solomons caves both contain age-old formations and a visit to one or both is a must.
  • Marakoopa Cave is an extensive lime wet-stone cave featuring underground streams, glow worms, a rim pool and stone formations.
  • King Solomons is a dry cave featuring spectacular shawls, stalactites and stalagmites. Guided tours of the caves take about 45 minutes each.
  • Follow gravel roads 15 km beyond King Solomon Cave to reach Devils Gullet, on the northern rim of the Great Western Tiers. Devils Gullet features a short alpine walk (about 30 minutes return) to a stunning lookout platform overhanging the sheer cliff face with views to Mount Ossa, Cradle Mountain and other features across the huge chasm of the Fisher River valley.
  • Return via Mole Creek and stop at Trowunna Wildlife Park where you'll see Tasmanian devils hand-fed, pat a koala and hold a baby wombat.
  • Alternatively, continue to Cradle Mountain via Paradise, an additional 90-minute drive from Mole Creek.
Leg Time / Distance
Launceston - Deloraine 36 min / 50 km
Deloraine - Cradle Mountain 2 hrs 5 min / 137 km