Latrobe

Population 2846

Latrobe was once Tasmania's third largest settlement with inns, hotels, a hospital and no less than three newspapers in circulation. As it was the best place to cross the Mersey River, it became the highest-profile town on the north coast. Since the early 19th century, however, Latrobe has ceded its importance as a port town and relaxed into a gentler pace.

Visitor Information

River Road, Bells Parade; (03) 6421 4699

www.latrobetasmania.com.au

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In Town

Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame This attraction honours the region's renowned axemen and details the role of the town in the creation of woodchop competition. Also featured at the facility is the Platypus and Trout Experience, including an interactive display of Tasmanian wildlife heritage. There is also a cafe and giftshop selling local crafts and souvenirs. 1 Bells Pde.

Platypus tours: with a LandCare guide; check at visitor centre for departure times and cost; bookings on (03) 6426 1774.

Court House Museum: located in a heritage building under the National Trust register with over 600 prints and photographs; open 1–4pm Tues–Fri, other times by appt; Gilbert St; (03) 6426 2777.

Sherwood Hall Museum: original home of pioneering couple Thomas Johnson and Dolly Dalrymple; open 10am–4pm daily Oct–Mar, Tues and Thurs or by appt in other months; Bells Parade.

Anvers Confectionery: factory of well-known Belgian chocolatier, this outlet has tastings and sales of premium chocolates, fudges and pralines; 9025 Bass Hwy.

Sheean Memorial Walk: 3 km return walk commemorating local soldiers and WW II hero; Gilbert St.

Bells Parade Reserve: beautiful picnic ground along riverbank where town's docks were once located; River Rd.

Historical walk: starts at western end of Gilbert St and turns into Hamilton St.

Nearby

Warrawee Forest Reserve An excellent place for platypus viewing, swimming, bushwalking and barbecues. A 5 km walking track winds through sclerophyll forest and a boardwalk has been installed around the lake to allow disabled access to trout fishing. Tours are run by LandCare; bookings on (03) 6426 2877; 3 km S.

Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve: over 40 native orchids and other rare flora; Railton Rd; 7 km S.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 21 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


Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 32 km

If you want to embark on a little-known, but highly varied Tasmanian bushwalk, try part or the entire 80-kilometre Penguin to Cradle walk. It starts at the coast, goes through a mix of rural areas, woodlands, canyons,... Find out more


Gunns Plains Cave 32 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


Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek 36 km

One of the most respected and long-running wildlife parks in Tasmania, Trowunna is involved in conservation, education and rehabilitation. There is a wide range of wildlife on display, including devils, reptiles, quolls... Find out more


Low Head Penguin Tours 37 km

Every night at dusk this comprehensive but inexpensive tour takes visitors to a little penguin-nesting site near the mouth of the Tamar River, where you can watch the penguins waddle ashore to return to their nests. The... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

House of Anvers

When Belgian chocolate maker Igor Van Gerwen came to Tasmania he found the richest cream and butter in the world, perfect for making truffles and fudge. Visitors to his property just outside Latrobe can work up an... Find out more


Lucas Hotel

To find this place, just keep your eye out for the big platypus sculpture suspended above the door. If you want to see a live one, the Lucas Hotel can help as they have a resident platypus family living in the... Find out more


Campsites around town

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 14 km

This large caravan park is close to shops and just a short walk from the foreshore of the Rubicon estuary, with its sheltered beach and lovely views of Narawntapu National Park. The safe swimming beach and kids’... Find out more


Koybaa camping area 15 km

This camping area at Griffiths Point, 4 km past the ranger station, has 12 small sites surrounded by scrub. They are only suitable for tent-based camping because you have to carry your gear in past a row of... Find out more


Bakers Point camping area 15 km

On the point by Springlawn Beach, this large camping area has 36 sites – 16 suitable for larger rigs – a portable toilet waste collection point and a boat-launching area. There’s excellent fishing in... Find out more


Springlawn camping area 18 km

This is the place to head to in the park if you have a large rig and need power. It also has the best facilities and is only 100 m past the ranger station and visitor centre, so it is just a short walk to join one of the... Find out more


Horse Yards camping area 18 km

A 26 km horseriding trail leads from this camping area, but you must camp nearby and give the ranger 48 hours notice before you can bring your horse into the park. Narawntapu is 40 km east of Devonport via the B71, or 85... Find out more


West Kentish Park camping area 23 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 24 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


O’Neills Creek Reserve camping area 31 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


Pioneer Park camping area 35 km

Set among farmland and forested hills 15 km from Penguin, the tiny settlement of Riana is picture-postcard pretty. Its quiet little campground is on the left-hand side of the main road (B17), just past the cricket oval... Find out more


Mole Creek Caravan Park 36 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


Caravan parks around town

Bay View Holiday Village 8 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


Abel Tasman Caravan Park 8 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


Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 14 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 22 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


Wings Wildlife Park 31 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


Penguin Caravan Park 33 km

This beachfront park at the western end of town has undergone a makeover. The waterfront sites have been refurbished and the park has a licensed restaurant. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 34 km

The park is set on a large expanse of grassy, maintained grounds and includes a small golf course. It has good amenities, a wellstocked store and a great outlook over the broad estuary of the River Tamar. Wombats... Find out more


Low Head Tourist Park 37 km

This is an attractive park. There are large grassy areas, and most facilities for the discerning traveller are here. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 38 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


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Lucas Hotel

The historic 1872 Lucas Hotel is in the main street of Latrobe, part of the rich tapestry of a town that was the site of the first world woodchopping championship in 1891, and which is now home to the Australian... Find out more


Lucinda B&B

Lucinda B&B is a beautiful National Trust–classified Victorian mansion set on 2 hectares of parkland. This grand home was built in 1891 as a doctor’s residence and now offers sunny and spacious ensuite... Find out more


Sherwood View

Sherwood View is a B&B set on the peaceful surrounds of a 15-hectare pasture property with views over the Mersey River. It is only five minutes’ drive from the centre of Latrobe, but still has plenty of rural... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Parramatta Creek rest area 14 km

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

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.


What's on around town

Markets: Gilbert St; 7am–2pm Sun.

Henley-on-the-Mersey regatta: Jan.

Chocolate Winterfest: July.

Latrobe Wheel Race: prestige cycling event; Dec.

Latrobe Gift footrace: Dec.

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