DELORAINE is an impressive, historic town with many heritage buildings and a lovely river park. It has many facilities and much accommodation. Deloraine hosts a major craft fair. It is also close to the Villaret Gardens. Deloraine is located in northern central Tasmania. It is relatively close to many other attractions in the Great Western Tier Mountains.
ELIZABETH TOWN is on the A1 Bass Highway just west of the turnoff to Deloraine,
VILLARETT GARDENS are also just off the A1 Bass Highway just north west of Elizabeth Town,
KIMBERLEY is north west of Deloraine.
You are only 10 minutes from QUAMBY BLUFF and 20 minutes from LATROBE, the TROWUNNA Wild Life Park, MOLE CREEK, MEANDER FALLS, LIFFEY FALLS, CARRICK, WESTBURY, SHEFFIELD and the GREAT LAKE. Nearby places are described in the MIDLANDS REGION page.
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FACILITIES: There is a large shopping precinct at Deloraine. There is a cafe cum restaurant and a petrol pump at Elizabeth Town. There is accommodation at DELORAINE.
TOURIST general information is located at 98 Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine. The telephone number is (03) 6362 3471 or the internet contact is www.greatwesterntiers.net.au
For PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS telephone (03) 6362 5280
For the CRAFT FAIR contact www.tascraftfair.com.au
SIGHTS: DELORAINE is both an interesting historic town, plus a city very well placed from which to tour the Tiers. They include the:
BOWERBANK MILL greets you as you enter Deloraine from the east.
EMU BAY ROAD, the main street of Deloraine, has many historic buildings to see.
MEANDER RIVER PARK has beautiful walks on both sides of it.
CRAFT FAIR is hosted by Deloraine in October. It is a hub for artists and craft workers. Dozens of artists and craft workers from all over Tasmania and Australia display their wares.
FOLK MUSEUM on Emu Bay Road is also very interesting.
VILLARETT GARDENS are at Moltema just north west of Deloraine. The telephone number is (03) 6368 1214 or the contact is www.villarett.com.au/ The turn off to the Gardens is off main A1 Bass Highway just 6 kilometres north west of Elizabeth Town.
ELIZABETH TOWN is the site of the famous cafe. This is a great place to stop on the road to Devonport. It is on the A1 Bass Highway just north west of the turnoff to Deloraine.
KIMBERLEY is a settlement north west of Deloraine on B13. It has a heritage church and a warm spring.
- River Park
- Craft Fair
1/ Deloraine is a historic town in central northern Tasmania. You enter Deloraine by crossing the Meander River Bridge, shown above. On both sides of the bridge is a beautiful park.
2/ You are then greeted by the grand, old, Deloraine Hotel.
3/ The heart of Deloraine is Emu Bay Road. The "emu" refers to an extinct species of small emu that once lived in northern Tasmania.
4/ This is the British Hotel of Deloraine, which is further up Emu Bay Road. The mountain in the distance on the left is Quamby Bluff.
5/ Deloraine was the home of the famous horse Malua.
6/ At the top end of Emu Bay Road, Deloraine is this interesting, old shop built in 1863. It is now the Weare Gallery and well worth a visit.
7/ This shows East Barrack Street on the eastern side of the Meander River. The "barrack" refers to the garrison that once was stationed in this convict, origin town.
8/ Dominating the eastern side of Deloraine, on a high hill, is St. Mark's Anglican Church.
9/ This view shows the impressive artwork surrounding the altar of St. Mark's, Deloraine.
10/ St. Mark's, Deloraine shows fine examples of Victorian era wood work in its ceiling and pews.
11/ This is the western view of St. Mark's, Deloraine.
12/ The Cemetery had an aura of timelessness about it. In this view everything you can see in Deloraine belongs to the 19th Century.
13/ Just beyond St. Mark's on Highland Lakes Road is this ancient house, which is now an antique store.
14/ Highland Lakes Road on the eastern side of the river is the main road to the Tier Mountains.
15/ This photo shows the colorful, riverfront cottages on the outskirts of Deloraine.
16/ This photo shows the Meander River in flood in 2016. The water level had already fallen considerably from its peak, but you can see that the park on the left is still mostly flooded.
17/ This photo shows the old mill during the 2016 flood. It is easy to imagine a waterwheel on the right side of the building.
18/ This is the historic Elizabeth Town Cafe, which is just beyond Deloraine on the A1 Bass Highway to Devonport. It boasts a wide selection of savories. Just 6 kilometres west of Elizabeth Town, on the main Bass Highway, is the turn off to the Villarett Gardens.
1/The park at Deloraine is on the Meander River. Here you are greeted by this memorial to the dead of many wars.
2/ This rotunda, at the Deloraine river park, looks down on the Meander River.
3/ This is the road bridge taken form the eastern side of the Meander River. Deloraine is divided by this river.
4/ The old railway bridge on the Meander River is nearby.
5/ This is the foot bridge, which is located near the old water mill of Deloraine.
6/ This is the view of the rapids near the old water mill. In 2011 this mill was in the process of being restored. It will then be a major, historic attraction of Deloraine.
7/ From the road bridge looking south from Deloraine, you see this idyllic river vista. The European trees show that this scene could easily be in England.
8/ This is the view from the west side of the Meander River looking to the east of Deloraine. In the distance is the impressive spire of St. Mark's.
1/ The Deloraine Craft Fair is held in October and attracts a wide range of arts and crafts. The exhibits are spread over 7 different locations around Deloraine. Fortunately, a free bus service take you around to the different venues.
2/ The different venues of the Deloraine Craft Fair mostly provided patrons with a rest and a snack.
3/ These alpacas showed off the fine quality of their wool. Alpaca grazing is now becoming popular in Tasmania. Clothing was a major theme of the Deloraine Craft Fair.
4/ The alpaca pavilion showed the very wide range of products made with alpaca wool.
5/ This stand at the Deloraine Craft Fair was one of many that sold various types of body adornments.
6/ This stand showed an impressive display of high quality ceramic artworks made by local artists.
7/ This stand sold a variety of natural medicines. Health products were a major theme of the Deloraine Craft Fair.
8/ There were also stores selling small fun statues.
9/ The variety of beautiful, ceramic objects was very large.
10/ You could even buy exotic things like handmade lampshades.
11/ This store sold a huge variety of unusal, frig magnets.
12/ Some crafts actually displayed how they made their wares. I found this glassblowing show very interesting.
13/ There were even professional painters selling their artworks.
14/ This butterfly quilt was most impressive. It illustrates the skill showed by the artists at the Deloraine Craft Fair.
15/ These wallabies looked almost lifelike. There were many other beautiful quilts on display at the Deloraine Craft Fair.
1/The lovely Villarett Gardens are near Moltema, which is north west of Deloraine and west of Elizabeth Town. They are located on B13 the road to Railton. The telephone number is (03) 6368 and the Internet contact is www.villarett.com.au/ This photo shows the restaurant and entrance building.
2/ This photo shows the flood of color and shape you see on the front hill towards the entrance of the lovely, Villarett Gardens.
3/ The Villarett Gardens had a large variety of trees. This strange tree almost looks like a sculpture.
4/ It was interesting to try to count how many shapes and colors green can come in at the Villarett Gardens.
5/ The red sticks are a sculpture on the far hill side of the Villarett Gardens.
6/ The topiary of the Villarett Gardens showed a great sense of c0lor and balance.
7/ A lovely pond with lily pads lies at the centre of the Villarett Gardens.
8/ This is another sculpture on the far hill of the Villarett Gardens.
9/ This photo is looking towards the lovers sculpture of the Villarett Gardens.
10/ This path takes you back to the entrance of the Villarett Gardens, through a large profusion of lovely shapes and colors.
1/ Kimberley is a settlement on B13 north west of Deloraine. It has this lovely old church.
2/ Kimberley also has a lovely picnic ground near a warm spring.
3/ This is the warm spring at Kimberley. I was not able to find out anything about it.
4/ This image shows a flooded creek near Kimberley in 2016. It has turned a small creek into a lake. Kimberley was one of the settlements most effected by this flood.