The North West – From Strahan to Devonport

The road heading north from Strahan (A10) can lead you direct to Burnie on the northern coastline, or you can head to Devonport.

Zeehan – is inland from Strahan heading north and was once a mining boom town where they found gold, silver, lead and tin, and the small town’s architecture reflects those times. Take a look at the West Coast Memorial Pioneer’s Museum to gain an understanding of the mining era, how the town almost became a ghost town, and how it has revived through Tourism.

Cradle Mountain St Clair National Park – is one of the most popular destinations in Tasmania due to its amazing landscape. Between 150,000 and 20,000 years ago, a moving ice cap scraped over the landscape creating the bigger and smaller lakes in the process. This is alpine wilderness at its most spectacular, and today the wilderness treks enable people to experience it. The northern end of the Park is at Cradle Valley, while the southern end is next to Lake St Clair.

Wilmot – is a tiny town on the road to Devonport, and was the home of the first G.J Coles store (the father of the Coles Supermarkets). The store burnt down in January 2014. Wilmot is also home to Wilmot Hills wines, and calls itself “The valley of views” due to its picturesque country farmland views.

Sheffield – is a town with 50 life size beautifully painted murals lining its streets. It is also the home of arts and crafts stores

Railton – is the home of 100 Topiary animals and fun objects, with a Hops garden and the Seven Sheds Brewery. The original Lime quarry supplied the Goliath brand of cement to customers across Australia, with one of its claims to fame being that it supplied the cement used in building Sydney Harbour Bridge.

DEVONPORT – is the port city where the Spirit of Tasmania berths from Melbourne. Some of the things to see are:

  • Imaginarium Science centre 62-64 North Fenton St.(see pandemoniumtas.com.au ) an indoor fun park for kids with skirmish laser games, rock climbing, a jungle gym and the science centre.
  • Bass Strait Maritime Centre 6 Gloucester Ave (Tel: 6424 7100 bassstraitmaritimecentre.com.au ) Much of Tasmania’s history has involved boats and Bass Strait, and this Centre brings the stories to life. You can also experience life on a real 64 foot Fishing Boat – the ‘Julie Burgess’.
  • Devonport Regional gallery 45 Stewart St (devonportgallery.com ) showcases mostly Tasmanian Artists with a number of modern artists displayed too.
  • Don Railway – has a working train the runs alongside the Don River, and has the biggest collection of steam trains and carriages in Tasmania. (donriverrailway.com.au )
  • Home Hill ( Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons old home) is located at 77 Middle Road (Tel: 6424 8055). The home was built in 1916 and is run by the National Trust.
  • Tasmanian Arboretum – is located 10 kilometres south of Devonport on Old Tramway Rd in Eugenana. There are 66 acres of trees, ponds, flowers and walkways and the Arboretum shows the amazing variety of trees that grow here.
  • Simon Martin Whips and Leathercraft – 4 Formby Rd and open Monday to Friday shows whips in all their forms and how they are made. If you are lucky you may even get to crack a whip
  • Australian Weaving Mills – 45 Tasman Ave Tel: 6424 6345 has a factory outlet store where you can see and buy knitted garments that are made here.

Happy Travelling!
Geoff Stuart

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