Connect with nature, float down a river, head underground and absorb the artistic energy of Deloraine.
Day 1: Around Deloraine
The streets of Deloraine are lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings classified by the National Trust, making this arts-minded town a fascinating place to stroll. The Deloraine Streetscape Sculptures are a collection of 23 works dotted around town, creating an hour-long walk along the banks of the Meander River and Emu Bay Road, past galleries and boutiques.
Swing by the Deloraine Deli for lunch, dining in or gathering treats for a riverside picnic.
If it's trout you're about, get out on the lakes and rivers for fly fishing adventures.
Relax over dinner at Cycles at the Empire, a cafe-restaurant in a corner of the Empire Hotel, Deloraine's tallest building and a former bike factory.
Day 2: Deloraine to Elizabeth Town
Pick up coffee and freshly baked pastries at Frank and Lottie.
Everyone loves a waterfall, and you’re spoiled for choice around the Great Western Tiers, the short walks capital of Tasmania. Take an easy 2km walk to beautiful Liffey Falls, or spy two falls – Split Rock Falls and Shower Cave Falls – on the 3km return Split Rock walk. Or make a day of it to see two-tier Meander Falls on a 10km return walk.
To see the forest from a different perspective, try shooting the Meander River on a sledging trip, a bit like rafting solo through the river rapids, with Meander Wilderness Experiences.
Having worked up an appetite, go grazing in Elizabeth Town. Start savoury at the Ashgrove Cheese Dairy Door, trying luxe cheese toasties, a truffle fondue or a cheesy flight, and move on to dessert at either (or both of) Van Diemens Land Creamery, with 24 flavours of ice-cream, or Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm (don’t miss its popular chocolate-coated raspberries).
Day 3: Deloraine to Mole Creek
Caves, critters and cliffs will easily fill most of a day around Mole Creek. The surrounding Mole Creek Karst National Park has about 300 caves – head underground into Marakoopa Cave, featuring glow-worms and fantastic limestone formations. Wild Cave Tours can have you squirming more adventurously through a cave.
Take a short walk with a deep view to Alum Cliffs, where a lookout shadows the Mersey River as it bends through a gorge. This was a place of social and spiritual significance to palawa, Tasmanian Aboriginal people, because of the ochre found in the area.
An easy way to combine all of the above in Mole Creek is on a full-day cultural tour with kooparoona niara Tours.
Head for Cradle Mountain, and link up with the Western Wilds drive journey and our Waterfalls and Wilderness Walks itinerary.
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