Deloraine, Tasmania: Everything You Need To Know

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Positioned 50km west of Launceston and about the same distance south of Devonport, Deloraine is the ideal place to stop on a trip between these two cities.

Deloraine is the definition of quaint. It is a pretty, picturesque riverside town, and often touted as the ideal place to base yourself while visiting nearby attractions like Cradle Mountain and Mole Creek caves. However, there’s more to this town than simply a base – it’s for good reason that the National Trust has designated Deloraine a town of significance.

Deloraine

Quiet and charming, Deloraine offers lovely cafes and boutique shops in its historical buildings, interesting sculptures, pretty gardens and hosts the most popular once-a-year craft fair in the state.

Below, you will find lots of information about Deloraine Tasmania including a map so you can find where is Deloraine Tasmania, Deloraine Tasmania history, Deloraine accommodation and the top things to do in Deloraine while you are here!

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An Introduction To Deloraine Tas

Deloraine Tasmania
Deloraine

Deloraine is a rural farming town located in the north of Tasmania.

The history of Deloraine Tasmania is not as rich as some places in the state. First explored by Captain Roland in 1821, Deloraine was selected as farmland with land later granted to free settlers for the purposes of farming.

The town slowly grew its agricultural output. It also thrived when a rail link was built between Launceston and Deloraine in the 1870’s. Today, Deloraine and the surrounding area grow poppies, potatoes and onions among other crops.

The population of Deloraine Tasmania is just over 3000 people. It is a small, relaxed and pretty town, and it draws in tourists who mainly use the town as a base to explore surrounding attractions.

However, the town has a modest collection of its own tourist attractions. Among these are its Georgian and Victorian era historical buildings, a nice cultural and artistic flair and the lovely Meander River, all which add to the town’s charm.

Accommodation In Deloraine Tasmania

Deloraine is a small town so there isn’t a huge range of accommodation. However, what is there is comfortable. Find more information about two of the best Deloraine accommodation options below.

Blakes Manor Self Contained Heritage Accommodation

Blakes Manor offers guests the opportunity to stay in a wonderfully maintained heritage building. Positioned on the Meander River, the property is smack bang in the centre of Deloraine and just a short walk to local shops and cafes.

There are a range of room types here, each with their own kitchenette so that you can self cater. Among this Deloraine hotel’s rooms are three bedroom luxury family suites, two bedroom suites with a budget option, and several other single room suites.

Rooms are wonderfully decorated with Georgian furnishings and with plenty of little touches that add to their charm.

A free breakfast pack is offered here, as well as free WiFi, free parking and communal BBQ facilities.

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Mountain View Country Inn

Mountain View Country Inn Deloraine
The restaurant and rooms at Mountain View Country Inn

Mountain View Country Inn offers guests comfortable accommodation particularly for a motel. Located just a short distance from the main street, all the Deloraine attractions are nearby.

Room types include double, twin, queen and family options, as well as a more spacious two bedroom apartment. Rooms offer basic facilities like a TV, tea/coffee equipment and an ensuite bathroom. Beds also have electric blankets for more comfort on colder nights.

Onsite, you’ll find a guest laundry, a bar and restaurant and free DVD hire. The restaurant is one of our favourite restaurants Deloraine Tasmania offers with great food in a nice atmosphere. Both parking and WiFi are free.

Click here for the latest prices or read our full review here.

You can also find our full guide to Deloraine accommodation here.

Things To Do In Deloraine Tasmania

You can find the following Deloraine Tasmania attractions around town. Launceston is also close by and you may want to read our list of things to do there here and the attractions in Longford here.

Tasmanian Craft Fair

The Tasmanian Craft Fair is a 4 day event held in November each year. It is the largest craft display in the Southern hemisphere, with over 200 stalls and many visitors attending.

Looking at photos of Deloraine Tasmania you might be surprised by just how many people gather in this small town during the craft fair – most recently up to 18,000 people!

There is a focus on quality at the Deloraine market Tasmania. You’ll find artwork by some of Tasmania’s top artists, with most of crafts made in Tasmania, and some artists attending from interstate.

Crafts are often diverse and interesting, constructed of a range of materials, with displays like textiles and sculptures. This Deloraine show may only be held once a year but its worth seeing.

Deloraine and District Folk Museum

Deloraine and District Folk Museum
Deloraine and District Folk Museum

For a peek into the past, one of the Deloraine Tasmania things to do is visit the Deloraine and District Folk Museum.

This museum, located in the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre, recognises the farming and pioneering past of early settlers. There are stories, tools and restored heritage buildings offering an authentic experience for visitors of the museum.

The museum also offers insight into the life of a country publican and his family, and has an exhibition room with artefacts taken from the old Deloraine’s Probation Station.

Included in the entry ticket is a visit to Yarns Artwork in Silk. Having received a TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award, this huge silk sculpture was constructed by over 300 community members and represents the region, its season and stories.

Meander River

Meander River in Deloraine Tasmania
Meander River in Deloraine

One of my favourite things to do in Deloraine is to meander along the Meander River.

This beautiful riverfront area has walking paths, a great train playground and wildlife to spot.

Along with this, you’ll also see some sculptures from the Great Western Tiers Sculpture Trail. There’s also a seasonal pool but it was closed until further notice when we last visited.

It’s a fabulous place for a wander, a play and a picnic especially if you are stopping here during a road trip day.

Great Western Tiers Sculpture Trail

Great Western Tiers Sculpture Trail - one of the sculptures by the Meander River
One of the sculptures by the Meander River

As stated, Deloraine is a town rich in culture and one of the things to see and do in Deloraine Tasmania is the Sculpture Trail.

Sculptures line the main street of Deloraine, the riverbank and surrounding towns. The sculptures were built from 1997 to 2002 and include a range of subjects and styles, unique to the region and to the people who created them. There’s an interesting variety both small and large.

You can pick up a brochure at the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre and follow the trail outlined. A self guided tour of the sculptures in Deloraine takes about an hour, and you can read about the sculptures in the brochure as you go.

If you’re interested in exploring further afield, you can follow the trail by driving to Mole Creek and Meander and see the sculptures there.

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm pancakes
Yummm

Tasmania has some of the best raspberries of anywhere, so one of the things to do around Deloraine Tasmania is to visit the nearby Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm! It’s only a 7 minute drive away from Deloraine in nearby Elizabeth Town.

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm is open for both breakfast and lunch with a range of menu items. There’s a large carpark and although it gets busy we have never had a problem finding parking.

The restaurant is fairly large with seating both indoor and out. I recommend visiting for breakfast or brunch as the main event are the raspberries. There’s many delicious menu items including pancakes, waffles and crepes.

They also have a decent dessert menu if you want to visit for lunch (as well as awesome raspberry ice-cream).

The site itself is lovely with a small lake, kids play areas and a grassed area for walking and relaxing. We always visit here when we are nearby!

You can read our full review of Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm here.

41 Degrees South – Salmon Farm Deloraine

Smoked salmon

Salmon is big business in Tasmania. However, 41 Degrees South is an eco-ceritfied family run salmon farm in Deloraine. It has quickly become one of the things to see in Deloraine Tasmania.

The area here has been transformed into a stunning wetlands with ponds, vegetation, wetlands grasses and woodlands. The salmon are farmed in some of the most natural conditions with a focus on quality and sustainability.

You can take a self guided tour of the farm with information boards scattered around. The area is stunning and also attracts a variety of birds. This is also a ginseng farm with a nice ginseng display to see.

There’s a small licensed café here offering free tastings, light lunches and tasting plates. The hot smoked salmon is super popular.

It’s also worth taking a walk on the boardwalk to the nearby Montana Falls.

Liffey Falls

Liffey Falls
Liffey Falls

The track to Liffey Falls is located just over 30 minutes by car from Deloraine. This is a highly popular attraction and an easy walk to do. Plus, visiting Liffey Falls is free – you don’t need a parks pass.

There are two carparks – the top carpark and a lower one. We recommend parking at the top carpark. The track is well formed and only takes 45 minutes return.

From here, you’ll walk through a wet eucalypt forest seeing other cascades along the way before reaching the stunning multi-level Liffey Falls. There are observation points and many photo opportunities along the way.

The top track can be steep in parts but is well maintained. The track from the lower carpark takes longer and follows an old timber hauling tram way.

Where Is Deloraine Tasmania?

Deloraine is located in the north of Tasmania and about half way between Launceston and Devonport.

Evandale, the location of Launceston’s airport, is around 57km away and takes about 35 to 40 minutes by car.

Deloraine To Launceston

Launceston is just over 50km east from Deloraine and takes about 35 minutes to reach by car.

Deloraine is an easy drive to and from Launceston heading on the Bass Highway.

Meander River and playground in Deloraine
Meander River and playground in Deloraine

Deloraine To Hobart

Hobart is just over 200km south of Deloraine. To get from Hobart to Deloraine takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes by car taking the Midlands Highway.

The route is more direct if you turn off onto Highland Lakes Road on the A5 at Melton Mowbray. However, this road can be covered in snow during winter. It’s safer to continue on the Midlands Highway until you reach Longford, and then turn west heading to Deloraine.

If you do decide to take the A5, read our guides to Miena and Liawenee.

Deloraine To Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is about 100km west of Deloraine. To get from Cradle Mountain to Deloraine takes about 1.5 hours by car.

You’ll pass through the towns of Sheffield and Elizabeth Town, both of which are worth stopping at.

Car Hire

For car hire, I recommend you book through Bargain Car Rentals. This Tasmanian car rental company has some great deals and availability. Even better is if you use the code: TASEXPLORE you save 5%

Simply click here.

Then when you enter the dates and location, enter: TASEXPLORE for the “Discount Code”.

They are located in both Hobart and Launceston.

You can also find other car hire options here.

Deloraine Tasmania Map

Here is a map of Tasmania Deloraine showing everything listed in this article.

Deloraine, Tasmania map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Deloraine Restaurants

Mountain View Country Inn Deloraine Settlers Restaurant
Inside Settlers Restaurant at Mountain View Country Inn

Deloraine offers many options for food with cafes and bakeries lining the main street Emu Bay Road. However, for a nicer sit-down meal, you have a few options.

Many of the hotels around Deloraine offer restaurants. We enjoyed the restaurant at the Mountain View Country Inn (although service was slow). There is also a restaurant at the Empire Hotel Deloraine Tasmania offering great pub food with an extensive menu for both lunch and dinner. Deloraine Hotel Restaurant is also popular.

We also highly recommend the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm. It’s close by at only a 7 minute drive from Deloraine and one of our favourite places to eat in the state.

We hope you make it to Deloraine and have a great time just like we did! You can read more about travelling around the North West of Tasmania and things to do in the region here.

By Shan Hutchinson

Shan grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.