3 days around Deloraine
Meandering in rivers and caves
Connect with nature, float down a river, head underground and absorb the artistic energy of 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.
- Find dinner and curiosity at Cycles at the Empire, a cafe-restaurant in a corner of the Empire Hotel, Deloraine's tallest building and a former bike factory.
- Spend the night at Blakes Manor, one of Deloraine's oldest buildings, or head 25 minutes out of town to the solitude of The Peak Forest Retreat, under the summit of Mother Cummings Peak.
- Everyone loves a waterfall, and you’re spoiled for choice around the Great Western Tiers, the Short Walks Capital of Tasmania. Take an easy two-kilometre walk to beautiful Liffey Falls, or spy two falls - Split Rock Falls and Shower Cave Falls – on the three-kilometre return Split Rock Walk. Or make a day of it to see two-tier Meander Falls on a 10-kilometre walking circuit.
- To see the forest from a different perspective, try shooting the Meander River on a sledging trip, a bit like rafting for one through the river rapids, with Meander Wilderness Experiences.
- Having walked up an appetite, go grazing in Elizabeth Town. Start savoury at Ashgrove Farm Cheese - the viewing window will give you a peek at the process - and move on to dessert at either (or both) Van Diemens Land Creamery, with 24 flavours of ice cream, or Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm (don’t miss its popular chocolate-coated raspberries).
- Overnight at Deloraine.
- 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.
- Stop for coffee or lunch at Earthwater Café, near Mole Creek, and then delve into the world of Tasmanian devils and a cohort of other wildlife at Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Take a short walk with a deep view to Tulumpanga/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 and its Waterfalls and Wilderness Walks itinerary.