Tasmania Central North and Cradle Mountain
Deloraine (pop. 2100) lies on the Meander River in the center of a farming district (particularly dairy farming), near the intersection of the Bass and Lake Highways. It has a beautiful setting between the north coast of Tasmania and the hills of the Great Western Tiers to the south.A few buildings survive from the original village, established about 1840, among them Bonney's Inn (1831), now a restaurant, and Bowerbank Mill (ca 1853), a water mill built by William Archer which was converted to steam power in 1871 and now houses an art gallery. Other notable buildings are the Deloraine Folk Museum, in the former Family and Commercial Inn (1864), St Mark's Church (c 1860; Anglican), the Roman Catholic church (c 1880) and a small military museum.
41 Degrees South Salmon and Ginseng Farm
41° South is a salmon and ginseng farm offering self-guided walks along the Western Rivulet. Visitors can learn how a wetland acts as a natural bio-filter and view the fish farm as well as flora and fauna. Other highlights of 41° South are the ginseng plantation, fish feeding, walks through a natural and man-made wetland with dragonflies, frogs, birds, fish, platypus and nature trails.
Address: 323 Montana Road, Deloraine, TAS 7304, Australia
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Oct 31: 10am-4pm
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 10am-5pm
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 10am-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26)
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
There is good trout fishing in the Meander and Mersey Rivers. On the Lake Highway is Calstock, an old stud farm. There are attractive excursions to a number of waterfalls in the area - Liffey Falls, Meander Falls (half an hour's drive south), Montana Falls - to the central plateau by way of Golden Valley (Lake Highway) and to the Marakoopa and King Solomon Caves (Mole Creek).
The little town of Westbury (pop. 1300) was founded in 1828. The White House (c 1840), built round an inner courtyard, now houses a collection of 17th and 18th C furniture and art and old toys. The Olde English Inn (1833) is now occupied by an antiques shop. Holy Trinity Church (RC), with a fine bell tower, is one of the largest in the district.
Mole Creek, Australia
The little settlement of Mole Creek (pop. 250) is a good base for excursions in the surrounding area with its interesting flora and fauna. Mole Creek itself is the center of a forestry, farming and beekeeping district.A local specialty is leatherwood honey, garnered by the bees from the blossom of the leatherwood trees which grow only in the rain forests of western Tasmania.
Mole Creek Karst National Park
Mole Creek Karst National Park features a number of well preserved caves as its main attraction.
Entrance fee in AUD: $22.00, Adult $11.00
Useful tips: Admission cost is per vehicle per day up to a maximum of eight people.
King Solomon Cave
The King Solomon Cave (protected site) is one of the finest show caves in Australia, with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.