ULVERSTONE is a large and interesting city with many facilities and some accommodation. It has great beaches on both sides and many attractions in the city. These include Shropshire Park with its many naval memorials and pretty Anzac Park on the Leven River. There is also a museum with a historic photo collection. Ulverstone is also close to a number of major attractions, including penguin viewing at nearby Penguin and is fairly close to the Kaydale Gardens and the Gunns Plains Cave.
Ulverstone is located in north west Tasmania. It is west of Devonport and east of Burnie. From Ulverstone you are 10 minutes from PENGUIN and TURNERS BEACH. You are 20 minutes from, SHEFFIELD, LATROBE, BURNIE and DEVONPORT and 30 minutes from LEVEN CANYON, LATROBE and WYNYARD. Nearby places are described in the NORTH WEST-TARKINE REGION page.
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FACILITIES: Ulverstone has a full shopping precinct. There are shops, a cafe and a petrol station at Penguin. There is some accommodation at ULVERSTONE.
TOURIST information is 13 Alexander Road, Ulverstone. The telephone is (03) 6425 2839 or contact www.coasttocanyon.com.au
Tourist information is also at 78 Main Road, Penguin. The telephone is (03) 6437 1421
SIGHTS: Ulverstone straddles the Leven River and is famous for its parks and beaches. It is midway between DEVONPORT and BURNIE, so that it enjoys the advantages of being close to both. It is also a large city by Tasmanian standards.
Ulverstone has an interesting mixture of both modern and old architecture. Thus, it is a great place to stay, if you are planning to tour the Tiers Mountains or the eastern Tarkine. The attractions in or near the city include the;
BEACHES like Turners, Sisters and Penguin. Some of the best beaches in Tasmania are near Ulverstone,
SHROPSHIRE Park, Ulverstone has a special naval memorial,
GUNNS PLAINS Cave is a spectacular cave south west of Ulverstone. The telephone number is (03) 6429 1388 or contact www.gunnsplainscaves.com.au To reach it, you turn south off the A1 Bass Highway onto B17 and drive to the south west to reach it.
KAYDALE Gardens have a large display of flowers, plus a forest walk. The telephone is (03) 6429 1293 or contact www.kaydalelodge.com.au It is south west of the Ulverstone near Leven Canyon and is accessed on B15.
LEVEN CANYON is a spectacular, attraction south west of Ulverstone. It is accessed on B15 which starts in Ulverstone.
MUSEUM holds an extensive photographic collection, plus memorabilia and records. The telephone is (03) 6425 3835. It is located at 50 Main St, Ulverstone.
PENGUIN MARKET is every Sunday and sells toys, homewares, pottery, jewelry, soaps and fashions. The telephone number is (03) 6437 1465 or contact www.coasttocanyon.com.au
PENGUIN TOURS are from Penguin. The telephone number is (03) 6437 2590 or contact www.nwwc.org.au
WINGS WILDLIFE PARK has Tasmanian animals, plus a reptile centre. The telephone number is (03) 6429 1151 or www.wingswildlife.com.au The park is on B17 south west of Ulverstone. It is accessed from the B17 road south west of Ulverstone.
1/ Ulverstone is a large city in northern, central Tasmania on the Leven River. This photo shows the old railway bridge to the south of Ulverstone.
2/ Ulverstone's memorial clock tower is quite unique to Tasmania and dominates the entrance.
3/ The ANZ Bank of Ulverstone shows the classic rich lines of late Victorian architecture.
4/ The Catholic Holy Trinity Church of Ulverstone shows good use of the modern style in its design.
5/ This is the modern entrance to ANZAC Park, Ulverstone.
6/ This photo shows the stairway to the entrance to ANZAC Park in Ulverstone.
7/ This photo shows the view south from ANZAC Park down towards the Leven River Bridge.
8/ This is the view looking towards the north towards the mouth of the Leven River. The new riverside complex is at the top left beyond the bridge.
9/ This is the new riverside complex at Ulverstone. It shows the proud lines of the modern style.
10/ This is the historic River Arms Hotel. It looks down on the Leven River.
11/ This is the municipal office complex of Ulverstone. It shows modern clean lines.
12/ This photo shows the RSL club of Ulverstone. It shows the classic lines of Art Deco. The RSL is the war veterans organization. There is also a significant monument to the navy in Shopshire Park Ulverstone.
13/ The white Hartman Building also shows the new clean lines of the Art Deco style.
14/ Ulverstone has preserved some of its Victorian era buildings like this old shop complex.
15/ The main street of Ulverstone is Reibey Street. You can see a number of stylish, Victorian era buildings in this street.
16/ This is the historic Furners Hotel. It has played a prominent part in Ulverstone's history.
17/ This is the Uniting Church of Ulverstone.
18/ This is the view up Reibey Street from near the Leven River.
19/ This is the Shropshire Park memorial in Ulverstone. The Shropshire was a famous Australian ship of World War 2. Many other ships are remember here as well.
20/ This footpath in Shropshire Park records a long list of naval battles in WW2. It is a unique feature of Ulverstone.
21/ There are many plaques like this one commemorating the famous Australian ships of World War 2.
22/ This globe helps visitors understand, where the battles mentioned in the memorials took place.
23/ The streets near Shropshire Park, Ulverstone had lovely, Victorian cottages decorated with attractive trees.
24/ This Victorian era house had a stylish upper addition that blended in well to the Ulverstone street scape
25/ This mole protects boats moored on the Leven River.
26/ Buttons Beach, Ulverstone is a lovely broad beach. This photo is looking west towards the Leven River Mole.
27/ This is the view of Buttons Beach looking towards the east. Buttons Beach is one of many beautiful beaches that are close to Ulverstone.
1/ Penguin is a pretty beach town in northern Tasmania. It is west of Ulverstone. It was founded in 1861 and was named after the penguins, which were prolific in the area. Main Street is the pretty beach boulevard of Penguin. It has some great attractions like this lovely church.
2/ The pretty Uniting Church of Penguin is the land mark of the town. It was built in a Scandinavian style.
3/ The other land mark of Penguin is the Big Penguin. It is 3.15 metres high. Little penguins can be seen on the beaches of Penguin at dusk. There are some rules you should respect to help protect these little penguins. These include; keeping your noise to a minimum, wearing dark clothes, not using torches or camera flashes, keeping at least 5 metres away from the penguins and bringing no cats or dogs near the beach.
4/ This is the war memorial of Penguin. It is quite close to the Big Penguin statue seen above.
5/ This is the view of the large beach at Penguin looking towards the east. Penguins can be seen here at dusk.
6/ This is the view of the beach at Penguin looking towards the west. There is a footpath and grass strip above the beach. It runs parallel to Main Street.
7/ This is Main Street Penguin. It has a number of shops and cafes. The beach is to the right of this photo. In the distance you can see the pretty Uniting Church.
8/ There is another lovely church in Penguin. It is St Stephens and it is located further west of the lovely Uniting Church adjacent to the beach.
9/ This is the railway station of Penguin. Unfortunately, a passenger train has not stopped here for many years. There is a proposal to run the tourist Don Railway at Devonport all the way to Burnie via Penguin. This would allow tourist to see the beautiful coast of north western Tasmania.
10/ This is the lovely park at Penguin. It has play facilities for children, plus this lovely, Dutch style wind mill. In the distance is Mount Gnomon, which is part of the Dial Range. A major bush walk "The Tasmania Trail" starts near here and goes all the way to Cradle Mountain, through some of the most rugged country in Tasmania.
11/ This view looks east down the coast towards Penguin. The north western coast of Tasmania has many beautiful sights. In the foreground is the railway. Unfortunately, this railway is presently maintained only to a standard adequate for freight trains.
1/ Ulverstone is an old Tasmanian city and this series of photos may give you some idea as to what life was like in the 19th Century. Photos contain a wealth of historic data. This one shows a picnic at Gunns Plains south of Ulverstone in 1901. Note how while even only on a picnic, the middle class women and men had to dress in full formal attire.
2/ This photo shows the Leven River near Ulverstone about 1900. The river is a very wild place. The people are probably on a pleasure cruise, but again, they are still dressed in formal attire.
3/ This is another view of the Leven River near Ulverstone around 1900. These men may be travelling or they may again be on a pleasure cruise. However, they are still in formal attire.