Mole Creek

Mole Creek Karst National Park, Reg Morrison / Auscape International

Population 223

Mole Creek is named after the nearby creek that 'burrows' underground. Most visitors come to explore the limestone caves in Mole Creek Karst National Park. The unique honey from the leatherwood tree, which grows only in the west-coast rainforests of Tasmania, is also a drawcard. Each summer, apiarists transport hives to the nearby leatherwood forests.

Visitor Information

46 Pioneer Dr; (03) 6363 1487

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In Town

Stephens Leatherwood Honey Factory At the home of Tasmania's unique aromatic honey, visitors can see clover and leatherwood honey being extracted and bottled. Tastings and sales are available. Open Mon–Fri; 25 Pioneer Dr; (03) 6363 1170.

Mole Creek Tiger Bar: local hotel with information and memorabilia on the Tasmanian tiger; Pioneer Dr.


Mole Creek Karst National Park Set in the forests of the Western Tiers, this national park protects the Marakoopa and King Solomons caves, spectacular caverns of calcite formations created by underground streams. Marakoopa Cave has a magnificent glow-worm display, while King Solomons Cave offers coloured stalagmites and stalactites and sparkling calcite crystals. Guided tours daily; details (03) 6363 5182; 13 km W.

Alum Cliffs Gorge: spectacular 30 min return walk; 3 km NE.

Trowunna Wildlife Park: see Tasmanian devils and other native fauna; 4 km E.

The Honey Farm: over 50 flavours of honey and an interactive bee display; open Sun–Fri; Chudleigh; 8 km E.

Devils Gullet State Reserve: World Heritage area with natural lookout on a 600 m high cliff, reached by 30 min return walking track; 40 km SE.

Wild Cave Tours: adventure tours to caves that are closed to the general public; bookings on (03) 6367 8142.

Cradle Wilderness Tours: guided 4WD tours; bookings on (03) 6363 1173.

Walls of Jerusalem National Park: the park is accessible on foot only, from the end of the road that turns off around 15 km W of Mole Creek and heads down to Lake Rowallan. With glacial lakes, pencil pines and dolerite peaks, it is a wonderland for self-sufficient and experienced bushwalkers.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tarkine Trails 27 km

Delve deeply into the temperate rainforest of the Tarkine Wilderness on a multi-day bushwalk with Tarkine Trails. Unashamedly made up of conservation activists, the company is keen to show you why the Tarkine area should... Find out more

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 36 km

Three brothers almost single-handedly turned an old quarry site into one of the most reliable places in the world to see wild platypus. In fact, the guided tours have never failed to encounter a platypus in Warrawee... Find out more

The Overland Track 40 km

Deservedly the most well-known, multiday walking route in Australia, this 65- to 80-kilometre route through Cradle Mountain– Lake St Clair National Park is a classic (for national park information, see park entry... Find out more

Gunns Plains Cave 44 km

Located just south-west of Gunns Plains (some 23 kilometres south-west of Ulverstone), this is yet another great limestone cave. It has one of the largest shawl formations in the Southern Hemisphere, glow worms aplenty... Find out more

Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 48 km

Tasmania has the largest freshwater crayfish in the world, and they can grow up to a metre in length, with claws that could cut a person’s hand off. You can go out on a research trip with the world’s expert... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Mole Creek Cafe

In 1890 this charming building with its shady verandahs was the local general store. These days you won’t need to buy a bag of flour to make a damper for dinner as it houses a restaurant named after the giant... Find out more

Campsites around town

Mole Creek Caravan Park 4 km

This riverside caravan park, just west of Mole Creek township, has plenty of attractions close by. There are Australia’s finest cave systems at Marakoopa and King Solomons Cave, as well as honey farms, a cheesery,... Find out more

Lake Mackenzie camping area (bush camping) 14 km

Camping at this remote hydro lake is only for the dedicated angler or bushwalker. Accessed via 21 km of unsealed – and occasionally snow-covered – winding road south of Mole Creek Karst National Park, it is... Find out more

Lake Parangana camping area (bush camping) 18 km

Peaceful, scenic camping sites are dispersed in the bush along the western shore of this long, skinny lake. It is a lovely spot to fish, swim and boat – or just relax. From Mole Creek take the Liena Rd to the... Find out more

O’Neills Creek Reserve camping area 19 km

Next to the creek and rodeo ground, this pretty forest reserve has places for vans for short stays (2 nights maximum), making it a perfect overnight stop on your way to Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.... Find out more

Lake Rowallan camping area (bush camping) 23 km

A few kilometres south of Lake Parangana, Lake Rowallan has extensive bush-camping areas next to the river by the dam wall and on the lake’s eastern shore, accessible along 4WD tracks. Take the Mersey Forest Rd up... Find out more

West Kentish Park camping area 25 km

This informal camping area on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Barrington is 6 km from West Kentish. Busy when there are rowing events at the lake, at other times it is a peaceful campground amid pretty scenery. Bring... Find out more

Lake Barrington West camping area 26 km

Lake Barrington is famous for its world-class rowing course, and while there are big crowds here for rowing championships, the rest of the time there is peaceful camping, all-year angling and beautiful scenery. Camping... Find out more

Wild Dog Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 30 km

Tent sites on timber platforms beside Wild Dog Creek are reached 3 hr from the carpark, after negotiating a moderately steep and muddy track. You will need to be fully equipped and capable of sitting out extreme cold... Find out more

Lake Gairdner camping area 30 km

There is a free camping area with no facilities on the banks of this hydro lake, so if the campground at Cradle Mountain is full (as it often is), this may be a good alternative, provided you are completely... Find out more

Lower Liffey camping area 34 km

Liffey Falls is a series of beautiful waterfalls – all of which can be viewed from observation decks – cascading through dense myrtle rainforest on the edge of the Great Western Tiers. Access is via Lake Hwy... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 21 km

With good facilities, this park is about a oneand- a-half hour drive to Cradle Mountain and about half that to Great Lake. There are good bushwalks in the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain 39 km

Set in bushland just outside the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian wilderness area, this quality park has good facilities including a large recreation building with open fireplaces. It is a popular camping site for walkers... Find out more

Abel Tasman Caravan Park 43 km

Located just a couple of blocks from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal, this park has obvious benefits for those arriving or departing by the boat. The park has sites to cater for all size rigs and is ideal for a longer... Find out more

Bay View Holiday Village 43 km

Close to the beach on the east side of Devonport, this park is just a short drive to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Wings Wildlife Park 44 km

Staying here is a different experience. There is trout fishing, bushwalking, kayaking, golf, and more. The park has good facilities including powered sites, but we would opt for the unpowered riverfront camping area. The... Find out more

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 45 km

This popular beachfront park is owned and operated by the Lions Club. It is close to the centre of town, adjacent to the boat ramp and ideal for family holidays. It is an easy drive to the Devonport ferry terminal from... Find out more

BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park 48 km

This is a good quality park with spacious grassy areas and a range of facilities, about 1 km from the town centre and close to the surf club on East Beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Blackwood Park Cottages

Surrounded by the natural wonders of Mole Creek, this is an almost magical place to stay. The gardens are a picture of tranquillity and the rural views conjure up classical paintings. Heritage Cottage is a lovely... Find out more

Old Wesley Dale Heritage Accommodation

The cosy cottage accommodation on this grand old property is actually the old stone dairy – complete with the original morticed and pegged exposed beams and cobblestones. The property was settled in 1829, and the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mountain Valley, Loongana 39 km

Mountain Valley is off the beaten tourist track, situated around 64 kilometres south-west of Devonport (due south of Burnie). Visitors here stay in rustic cabins with open fireplaces on a private and remote 60-hectare... Find out more

Waldheim Cabins 40 km

You can steal a march on everyone else in the morning by staying in historic cabins at a beautiful spot within Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, operated by the Parks and Wildlife Service. The cabins are... Find out more

Cradle Mountain Lodge 40 km

Live in the lap of luxury – old style – with a warm and welcoming central lodge, surrounded by individual cabins. Like nearly any large lodge, it does not have a perfect environmental record, but this... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Parramatta Creek rest area 27 km

26km NW of Deloraine (L) or 17km SE of Latrobe (R)

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.

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