Ulverstone, Jean-Paul Ferrero / Auscape International

Population 12000

At the mouth of the Leven River on the north central coast, Ulverstone is renowned for its fine sweeping beaches and waterfront parklands. The spectacular rugged hinterland offers forest walks, caves to explore and breathtaking views into the Leven Canyon’s deep ravine.

Visitor Information

13–15 Alexandra Rd; (03) 6425 2839


Nearby national parks

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In Town

Discover the Leven Choose a 1, 2 or 5 hr fun guided cruise or walking tour of the spectacular upper Leven River in Ulverstone. Tours leave daily, on foot or in the cutest little passenger vessel in Tasmania; Tasma Pde; (03) 6425 2839.

Stories of Ulverstone Town Walk Wend your way around 6 story boards which tell the town’s interesting history; start at the Shrine of Remembrance clock tower and finish in Reibey St.

Ulverstone Pedal Buggies Pedal yourself and the kids around the town’s picturesque waterfront and parks; open 10am–4.30pm summer and school holidays, other times by appt; The Beach Hut; 2 Beach Rd; (03) 6425 9387.

Visitor Centre Gallery: crafts from local makers; open daily; 13–15 Alexandra Rd; (03) 6425 2839.

Riverside Anzac Park: amazing children's playground, great picnic facilities and an interesting fountain. The park is named after a pine tree grown from a seed taken from Gallipoli; Beach Rd.

Fairway Park: next to a 60 m giant waterslide; open summer and school holidays; Beach Rd; (03) 6425 3675.

Shropshire Park: barbecues, outdoor gym equipment and underfoot the path is inscribed with the Royal Australian Navy’s 75-year history; Dial St.

Legion Park: magnificent coastal setting; The Esplanade.

Tobruk Park: includes a memorial wall; Hobbs Pde.

Ulverstone History Museum: pick up a guided-walk brochure and browse fascinating recreations of a general store, schoolhouse, railway station and blacksmith’s foundry; open 1.30pm–4.30pm Mon–Sat; 50 Main St; (03) 6425 3835.

Shrine of Remembrance: clock-tower memorial designed and built by European immigrants in 1953; Reibey St.

Ulverstone Lookout: views over town; Upper Maud St.

Woodcraft Gallery and Workshop: demonstrations, private tutoring and sales; open 10am–4pm Tues, Thurs and Sat; 109 Reibey St; (03) 6425 7119.


Leven Canyon From Cruikshank’s lookout down to the cantilevered Edge lookout there are 697 steps, but they’re worth the effort as the views of this 275m deep ravine are breathtaking. Picnic or barbecue in a bushland setting. Loongana Rd, Loongana; 41 km S.

Gunns Plains Caves underground streams, limestone shawls and glow worms in well-lit, visitor-friendly caves. Tour daily on the hour from 10am, on the half hour from 1.30pm; Caves Rd, Gunns Plains; (03) 6429 1388; 24 km SW.

Wing's Wildlife Park Get up close to Tasmanian Devils at dinner time, let the kids explore the animal nursery and check out animals from far and wide. 137 Winduss Rd, Gunns Plains; (03) 6429 1151; tours available; open Mon–Sun 10am–4pm and by appt; 24 km SW.

Bass Highway The spectacular scenery on the Ulverstone to Stanley section of this highway recalls Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. The route’s highlights include the little penguins at the village of Penguin, the Lactos Cheese Tasting Centre in Burnie, the colourful fields of Table Cape Tulip Farm near Wynyard, and the picturesque town of Boat Harbour.

Ulverstone Miniature railway: 1st and 3rd Sun each month Jan–Mar, 3rd Sun Apr–Dec; Maskells Rd; (03) 6425 3675;  2 km E.

Goat Island Sanctuary: cave and good fishing, but walking access to island at low tide only; 5 km W.

Wilderness Tours: guided forays into forests, caves and platypus habitats after dark with log cabin accommodation; Mountain Valley Wildlife Experiences; 1519 Loongana Rd, Loongana; (03) 6429 1394.

Penguins: view little penguins at dusk; Leith; 12 km E.

Preston Falls: easy walk to scenic views; 19 km S.

Fishing: good fishing on beach (especially Turners Beach), river and estuary; contact visitor centre for details.

Beaches: safe swimming beaches to east and west of town; contact visitor centre for details.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 11 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 18 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

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 21 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

Creative Paper, Burnie 26 km

Make your own paper with recycled bits and pieces on a half-hour tour at this non-profit, community-based enterprise. They use all sorts of odds and ends to make their eco-friendly papers, including old jeans, fruit pulp... Find out more

Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek 48 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 53 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

The Atrium

At the intersection of Reibey and Victoria streets, the Lighthouse Hotel is a smart accommodation complex with a delightful restaurant housed in a spacious atrium. They cater especially for families, with a glassed-in... Find out more

Furners Hotel

The beautiful 1903 Furners Hotel is one of those lavishly decorated Federation buildings with wide iron-lace verandahs, and spacious, high-ceilinged elegance inside. It’s the locals’ favourite for counter... Find out more

Pedro’s the Restaurant

The perfect place for a seafood restaurant is on the water, and that’s literally where you’ll find Pedro’s. The attached takeaway and fishmonger has been Ulverstone’s best-known fish shop for many... Find out more

Campsites around town

Pioneer Park camping area 17 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

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

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

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 31 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 32 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 32 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

O’Neills Creek Reserve camping area 34 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

Springlawn camping area 35 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 36 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

Lake Gairdner camping area 38 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

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park 1 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

Penguin Caravan Park 11 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

Abel Tasman Caravan Park 16 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

Wings Wildlife Park 16 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

Bay View Holiday Village 17 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

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 31 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

Beach Retreat Tourist Park 42 km

Located at the mouth of the Inglis River and on the beachfront, this park is within walking distance of the town centre. It has good facilities and is ideal for an overnight stay or a few days. Bookings are required in... Find out more

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 51 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

Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain 51 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

Low Head Tourist Park 54 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Boscobel of Ulverstone

Despite its location in suburban West Ulverstone, Boscobel is a beautifully restored French Provincial–style mansion. Reputed to be the oldest house in Ulverstone, you’ll feel the sense of history from the... Find out more

Moonlight Bay Guesthouse

For some, this place will bring back those long-forgotten memories of sunburn and sand between your toes on a seaside holiday at Grandma’s. Don’t imagine a modern glass-fronted apartment; instead, think solid... Find out more


When this fairytale Gothic guesthouse was built, the builders had all the time in the world and an abundance of fine timbers to work with. No wonder they took to crafting carved blackwood stair rails, decorating ornate... Find out more


Ulverstone was settled – as ‘The Leven’ – back in the 1840s, but 30 years later there were still only 25 people living there. Despite these slow beginnings, the lovely Winterbrook was established... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mountain Valley, Loongana 33 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

Cradle Mountain Lodge 53 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

Somerset park area 32 km

At Somerset

At the junction with Bass Hwy on the banks of the Cam River.

Parramatta Creek rest area 35 km

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

Among shady trees on the banks of the creek.

Wynyard park area 42 km

At Wynyard

On the foreshore at the east end of town via Mt Hicks Rd.

Hellyer Gorge rest area 49 km

40km S of Somerset (L) or 66km N of Tullah (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

What's on around town

Market: The Quadrant Carpark; every 2nd Sat.

Twilight Rodeo: Jan.

Festival in the Park: Feb.

Forth Valley Blues Festival: Mar.

Doll, Bear and Miniature Extravaganza: July.

NW Woodcraft Exhibition: Nov.

Cradle Coast Rotary Art Exhibition: Nov.

Agricultural Show: Nov.

Christmas Parade and Party in the Park: Dec.

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