LATROBE is a pretty, historic town with many facilities and many historic buildings. These include RELIQUAIRE, which must be one of the largest antique stores in the world. There is also an AXEMAN'S museum, where you can see both historic displays and some captive platypuses. Adjacent to Latrobe are the ANVERS chocolate house, where you can taste lovely Belgian chocolate and the WARRAWEE Reserve, where you can see wild platypuses. Latrobe is situated in north west Tasmania. It is just south of Devonport.
SASSAFRAS is east of Latrobe on the A1 Bass Highway.
WESLEY VALE is just east of Devonport on the B74 Road
Latrobe is a good place to stay, if you are intending on visiting attractions in the Great Western Tiers Mountains.
From Latrobe you are only 5 minutes from DEVONPORT and 10 minutes from SHEFFIELD and Railton. You are only 45 minutes from ULVERSTONE, MOLE CREEK, DELORAINE, WESTBURY, LAUNCESTON and BURNIE. Nearby places are described in the NORTH WEST-TARKINE REGION page.
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FACILITIES: There are shops, hotels, cafes and petrol stations at Latrobe. There is accommodation at LATROBE and at DEVONPORT.
TOURIST information is at River Road, Latrobe. The telephone is (03) 6421 4699 or contact www.latrobetasmania.com.au
For PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS telephone (03) 6267 4494
SIGHTS: Latrobe is a town that has preserved much of its 19th Century heritage and is a great place from which to explore the Great Western Tier Mountains. The attractions include the;
ANVERS CHOCOLATES is where you can visit the famous chocolate factory of Latrobe and sample their wares in their tasting centre and restaurant. Telephone (03) 6426 0477 or contact www.anvers-chocolates.com.au It is on the A1 Bass Highway just north of the Latrobe turnoff.
AXEMAN'S Hall of Fame is a museum, which tells the story of logging in Tasmania. (03) 6426 2099 It is in River Road in the River Park just west of the Latrobe CBD.
ASHGROVE CHEESE restaurant is a great place to taste cheese. The telephone number is (03) 6383 1105 or contact www.ashgrovecheese.com.au It is located on the Bass Hwy east of Latrobe near Elizabeth Town.
CHERRY SHED is a great place to sample cherries. It is on the eastern edge of Latrobe in Gilbert Street: The telephone is (03) 6426 2411 or www.thecherryshed.com.au
QUIET CONE is a special place to relax and rejuvenate through sound. The telephone number is (03) 6426 2969 or www.sherwoodview.com.au It is in Coalhill Rd, Latrobe.
CHRISTMAS HILLS RASPBERRY FARM is a cafe specializing in raspberries. The telephone number is (03) 6362 2186 or www.raspberryfarmcafe.com It is located on the Bass Highway east of Elizabeth Town.
HOME HILL is the house of the former Prime Minister Joe Lyons. The telephone is (03) 6424 8088. It is located at 77 Middle Rd, Devonport.
MUSEUM holds the many interesting stories of old Latrobe. The telephone number is (03) 6426 1289. It is located in the old court house in the main street, Gilbert Street.
SHERWOOD Hall dates from 1848. It is also in River Road just north of the Hall of Fame.
RELIQUAIRE is a very, large antique story. It is located in Gilbert Street in the Latrobe CBD. The telephone number is (03) 6426 2599 or contact www.reliquaire.com
WARRAWEE Forest Reserve is a good place to see the shy platypus. For a tour telephone (03) 6426 1774 It is located in Hamilton Street just south of the town of Latrobe.
SASSAFRAS has three lovely, historic churches. It is located just north of the main A1 Bass Highway just east of Devonport.
WESLEY VALE has a lovely church at the locality of Northdown. It is located just east of Devonport near the Devonport Airport.
- River Park
- Sassafras & Wesley Vale
1/ Latrobe is located just south of Devonport in central northern Tasmania. This photo shows Gilbert Street, which is the main street of Latrobe. It has a variety of Colonial style buildings, whose facades are well presented to make the town quite picturesque.
2/ This former Colonial office building is now one of a number of antique stores in Gilbert Street. Latrobe is a good places to buy antiques.
3/ This is another view of the Colonial buildings on Gilbert Street, Latrobe.
4/ The Baptist Tabernacle of Latrobe is an attractive, old church. I have noticed a number of similar tabernacles in old Tasmania.
5/ The Latrobe library is another good example of Colonial, business style architecture.
6/ A little further along Gilbert Street, Latrobe are these interesting Colonial style houses and shops.
7/ Reliquaire is the largest antique store that I have ever visited. It includes both the double storey and the red shop that you can see in this photo. It is a major attraction of Latrobe. The telephone number is (03) 6426 2599 or contact www.reliquaire.com
8/ The doll collection in Reliquaire was very large in scope and included both old and ethnic styles of dolls. There was an enormous variety of antiques in Reliquaire.
9/ This is the Colonial style Mackay hotel. It is located in the main street of Latrobe.
10/ The Lucas Hotel is another, attractive Colonial style hotel of Latrobe.
11/ This pretty cafe is in a former Colonial office building. It is located on the western edge of the Latrobe CBD.
12/ This photo shows a variety of Colonial style buildings on the western edge of Gilbert Street in Latrobe.
13/ Latrobe has many well preserved Victorian cottages.
14/ This shows some of the other pretty Victorian style cottages of old Latrobe.
15/ The old Latrobe railway station is now an attractive modern style shopping precinct.
16/ On the southern edge of the Latrobe shopping precinct is the lovely church of St Patricks. It is a very well preserved example of the Victorian era style of country church.
17/ Next to St Patricks Church is this Victorian era building. I presume that it is a nunnery for the nearby school. Again it is great example of its kind.
18/ One of the most popular places in Latrobe is the Cherry Shed. It is a great place to buy cherries, ice cream and a whole range of cherry products including even cherry liqueurs. It also has a good restaurant. It is located on the southern edge of Latrobe just off the A1 Midland Highway. The telephone number is (03) 6426 2411 or www.thecherryshed.com.au
1/ On the western edge of Latrobe is the lovely Atkinson Park. It is based around the gentle Mersey River. This area was once a river dock.
2/ Sherwood Hall was built in 1848 and is open for daily inspections. It gives a good impression of Colonial life. It is a major heritage asset of Latrobe.
3/ This modern sculpture commemorates the axemen who help establish Colonial Latrobe.
4/ This is a monument to an important local family.
5/ The park at Latrobe park has an attractive, Colonial style, band rotunda. Just to the left of it is a large picnic shelter and toilet. Together they make the park a great place for picnics.
6/ The gentle Mersey River is the major attraction of Atkinson Park, Latrobe. To the right is Pig Island.
7/ The trees around the Mersey River give you a feeling of deep, peacefulness ambience.
8/ This photo shows the foot bridge to Pig Island. This is part of Atkinson Park, Latrobe.
9/ Latrobe is a good place to see platypuses. You can see these in the Warrawee Reserve just south of Latrobe. This statue stands outside the Axeman's Hall of Fame in the River Park.
10/ In the Axeman's Hall of Fame you can see many interesting exhibits of the logging industry
1/ The House of Anvers is located in a large heritage property just North of Latrobe. It was started by a man from Belgium, who saw the potential for a high quality chocolate factory in Tasmania.
2/ Anvers has this attractive outside eating area.
3/ The restaurant of Anvers House is stylishly decorated in this old lounge. The house once belonged to a rich local of Latrobe.
4/ In the factory, from behind a glass,you can even watch the chocolates being made. Anvers is one of the major attractions of Latrobe.
5/ Near the viewing area is a display of all the different kinds of moulds used in making the chocolates. You can learn something of the art of chocolate making at Anvers in Latrobe.
6/ In the yard of Anvers is their tasting centre, where you can sample many of their wares.
1/ The Raspberry Farm is on the road to Devonport in central northern Tasmania. It is a great place to stop and sample fresh raspberries and other fine cuisine. It has a lovely lake, an outdoor eating area and a play area for children. It is on the Bass Highway East of Latrobe.
2/ You can walk around the Lake to get a closer view of the vast pavilions, where the raspberries are grown.
3/ You can even do a walk through classic Tasmanian rural scenery near the Raspberry Farm.
4/ Near the Raspberry Farm and also just off the Bass Highway is the Ashgrove Cheese Factory. Here you can sample a large variety of exotic cheeses.
1/ Sassafras is a locality just east of Latrobe north of the A1 Bass Highway. This is the lovely church at Sassafras that can be seen from the A1 Bass Highway.
2/ These are the other two historic churches at Sassafras. These two churches are just one kilometre north of the church shown above. The dark brown building to the right is an old store house.
3/ Behind the white church is this historic grave yard.
4/ This is the church at Sassafras next to the white church. It was common in the 19th Century for rival religions to build their churches close together.
5/ These historic graves were behind the brown church at Sassafras. They give the area a timeless feeling.
6/ This is the view across the crop lands of Sassafras to the south west. The mountain in the background is Mount Roland.
7/ This is the view to the north east of Sassafras.
8/ This modern wind mill towers over the Sassafras countryside. It provides power for a modern poultry farm.
9/ Just east of Devonport and north of Sassafras is the locality of Wesley Vale. It has very fertile farmland and great views of Mount Roland to the south.
10/ At Northdown, which is just north of Wesley Vale is this lovely, historic church of St James built in 1845. It also has a Sunday school and a graveyard.
11/ This is another view of the church at Northdown near Wesley Vale.
12/ The church at Northdown also has a Sunday school.