Along the two main streets in town, there are a handful of small sculptures on the top of posts (about 3ft / 1m tall). These small figures are from local artists and most denote some historical reference to the town. Like the one in the photo here is for the local race track. Deloraine is famous for its horses and has developed a few big winners to the world of racing.
The gently trickling river that passes through town is a popular spot for locals to go walking and jogging. After passing the World War Memorial, the next stop is the Mountain Man (see photo). It is a symbol that mythologizes the people from the Great Western Tiers.
Deloraine's central town is pretty small and can be seen on foot. However, there are some good trails (and horse paths) down by the river and many other sights to see just out of the town's limit.
The visitor's bureau rents bikes if case you didn't bring your own. Honestly unless you want to go several kilometers out of town on a long circuit, you could be good with a couple hours.
The information center is open until 5pm. Rentals are $10/hr or $25/day.
After you've seen the town and area to your heart's content, you can ride down by the river, through the caravan park to the horse trails along the river. The gravel paths down there will give you ~45 minutes of casual riding.
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There are a couple dining options in town, but many will agree that Red is consistently earning its accolades. It is a rather small place, with a few tables outside if the weather is nice. As its name might suggest, the restaurant is heavily decorated in a red motif, with specials listed on the chalk board. The service is average, but the food is good and with the portions that you'll receive, you should not go home hungry.
Favorite Dish: Everything is good, from the lasagne to the pizza. The fish and soups too. Basically you can't go wrong.
No matter where you are in Tasmania, there's a waterfall nearby somewhere and Deloraine has its share.
Montana Falls are 9 km from town and require only a 5-10 min walk into the bush while Lobster Falls, 15 km west, are larger but a one-hour walk from the road.
The better known Westmoreland Falls are located near the town of Caveside.
Meander Falls, listed on the must-have 60 Great Walks brochure, are 22 km from Deloraine and used to be a further 2:30 walk from the car park. However, they had a major weather event and trees, debris and washaways have trashed the track to the point where it may never be opened again. I'm writing this 12 months after the event and that was the word at that stage.
Fondest memory: Finally, Liffey Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in Tasmania, are situated 29 km from town and a brief 20-25 min walk from the car park. The last part of the road is on dirt and is narrow and windy (about 6kms) before you get to the popular carpark that has a sculpture and toilet block.
The walk is well trodden and you won't have any problems getting lost as is follows the stream right to the lower falls with viewing points along the way.
There is also an option to extend your walk by crossing a bridge onto another trail.
One of the things that put Deloraine on the map was a racehorse called Malua that started out life named Bagot. The reason he obtained greatness was the fact that he won over all different distances and, at times, under huge weights.
The town is noted these days as a centre for artists and craftspeople, drawn by the lifestyle and inspired by the stunning backdrop of the Great Western Tiers.
Set on the banks of the Meander River in north-eastern Tasmania, the town reflects its early history in its many 19th century colonial buildings while the surrounding area is used for mixed farming and dairying.
The late 1970s saw Deloraine experience an influx of artists and craftspeople seeking an alternative lifestyle. Senior Rotarians at the time explored ways of facilitating the integration of these new creative people into the conservative farming community. The Rotary President , John Sullivan, suggested a Craft Fair as a way not only to bring the two parts of the community together, but also to develop an avenue for the artisans to sell their products. The idea was taken up by the RotaryClub which started development of the inaugural event in 1981. Named the Tasmanian Cottage Industry Exhibition and Craft Fair, it boasted 34 exhibitors and during the two days attracted about 3000 people to the local Community Centre.
Fondest memory: Its success provided a window of opportunity for people to display and sell their work.
During the ensuing years the Fair continued to develop and expand and increased publicity led to increased numbers of both exhibitors and attendees. As the Fair grew it was necessary to find more space, so it spread throughout various venues around the town and gallery owners became involved. Ancilary cottage industries blossomed to include cheese, wine, liqueurs, truffles, and more.
Its growth meant that it gained recognition as a major Tasmanian event. Publicity for the Fair began to go national and, to help in attracting Government assistance, in 1996 the Rotary Club decided to change the name from the Tasmanian Cottage Industry Exhibition and Craft Fair to the Tasmanian Craft Fair. This gave focus to the state as well as the event. We now refer to the show as the Tasmanian Craft Fair, presented by the Rotary Club of Deloraine, although locals still use the affectionate phrase... "The Deloraine Craft Fair".
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