The Village of Lower Crackpot is located at Tasmazia.
Its, a model village built to 1/5th scale, us Adults, walk around and look down on it. Its a Village you will get a laugh from!
Each building has a story to tell, and is connected to real people, so in a way, the town is inhabited.
Australian's would know these people......Cathy Freeman Sports Centre. Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen(Parliament) is the member for Lower Crackpot, The School of Lateral Thinking, C.B.D., factories and even a sleazy end of town where you will find Shirley's Joint, Wild Jo's Disco, Shanghai Reds and the headquarters of the Crackpot Angels Motor Cycle Club (new members accepted - buy your badge at the shop). The residential area is at Upper Lower Crackpot.
The Village Motto is 'broken but still useful', which a cracked pot is.
The village is dedicated to all those in middle life who, in this new economic age, are 'adjusted' out of their jobs, professions, businesses, farms, careers and thrown onto the economic scrap heap, there to start again, someway, as happened to its creator, Brian Inder at age 54.
The village is meant as an inspiration to these people - you can pick yourself up and succeed in a new life, you can thumb your nose at the "new order" and still have a ball.
Enjoy your walk around this funny village!
ADMISSION...Adults (16 yrs+) - $17.50 Children (4-15 yrs) - $10.00
Dec - April: 10am - 5pm
May - Nov: 10am - 4pm
Located about 15 minutes from Sheffield, this Tourist attraction has a total of 8 mazes, making it the LARGEST MAZE COMPLEX IN THE WORLD.
THE GREAT MAZE where you have to find the "Three Bears Cottage"
HAMPTON COURT, this is the one that took me quite a while to find my way around, not helped by a husband who found his way easily to the central viewing platform, then stood and watched! and laughed! as I went round in circles!
It is a repeat design of the maze at Hampton Court Palace in the UK.
HEXAGONAL MAZE ,A six-sided maze that leads you to the centre where in is the memorial to posts and poles.
CONFUSION MAZE, Designed by a lady, it has a reputation of being easier to get into than out???? I find that hard to believe!
THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD MAZE, A fairy tale maze for small children. It is at Upper Lower Crackpot, the residential area of Lower Crackpot. It contains the Fairy Princess' castle. Magic.
THE BALANCE MAZE, A low wall maze, 100mm wide, on which you must balance to negotiate it. If you do, it leads to the Crackpot Correction Centre and Cubby Town.
ADMISSION IN 2009 IS...Adults (16 yrs+) - $17.50
Children (4-15 yrs) - $10...Tots (3 yrs & under) - FREE!
OPEN Dec - April: 10am - 5pm...May - Nov: 10am - 4pm
Not just for children, we had a good, fun time here, it was something different to do on our holiday in Tasmania.
Firstly, pop into the information centre.
The Kentish Visitor Information Centre has a "Story of the Sheffield Murals " Audio Tour which you can hire. It is a self-guided walking tour that tells the story of why the first mural was commissioned in Sheffield and how a rural town in economic decline was transformed into a thriving outdoor art gallery!
Local people tell their stories and fill us in on the history of Sheffield.
The audio tours are excellent and entertaining – not to be missed, they do add a greater interest and bring the Murals to Life!
The audio tour is on a hand held digital device with headphones, and costs $9.00 per adult/device and $12.00 per couple ($6.00 each) who wish to share as the audio device supports two headsets.
Also on sale is the brochure "Your story guide to Sheffield Murals" which provides a map and story on each of the murals. Every year, more Murals are painted, so a revisit is on the cards.
This is located near the town of Penguin.
If you can't find the signs to it, the Penguin Info Centre will put you in the right direction.
It is a popular picnic area, and a has quite a few walks. An old mine tunnel is here. The Tree Ferns are the largest and best that we have ever seen.
This is a name of a town on the Tasmanian coast 17 ks from Burnie, and yes, it does have Penguins.
A visit here is worth while. Follow Route 1 from Devenport along the coast to Penguin. If visiting at the right time of the year, the kilometre-long Perry-Ling Gardens are stunning! The gardens are a blaze of colour in spring but will dazzle you year round with the range of plants growing in coastal conditions.
In Hiscutt Park there are Dutch windmills.
At the old railway station, the home of Penguin History Group, are historic photos about local families and their history. Open Wednesdays 10 am-12.30 pm.
The large Penguin in my photo is located on the beach front, and the rubbish bins are all Penguins. We were there New Years Eve, looks like somebody had a bit of fun with him.
Fairy Penguins do arrive nightly between November & March, a visit to the Tourist Information centre will tell you where you can see them, and at what time.
Penguin Visitor Information Centre
78 Main Road, Penguin,
Open: Daily 9am - 4pm (October - May). Daily 9.30am - 3.30am (June - September).
Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday
Located 41ks from Ulverstone, you can combine this with your tour to the Gunns Plains caves.
From the car park, where there are nice bbq's, and picnic area, take the short walk to the viewing platform. Get ready for magnificent views of the 300m high limestone cliffs that have been carved by the Leven River. Other views are of Black Bluff and the surrounding areas.
Feeling energtic, then take the walk to the bottom, quite a hike!!!
These caves were discovered in 1906, by a man on a hunting trip. It is reputed that one of his Dogs fell into a hole that formed part of a cave.
It is renowned for its magnificent formations, including calcite shawls, flowstones and glow worms. An underground river still flows through the cave, and contains freshwater crayfish, eels and fish.
The LARGEST RIBBON STALACTITE IN THE WORLD is in the cave, and also the WORLD's LARGEST FRESHWATER LOBSTERS.
These caves were really good. Gunns Plains Cave is in the Gunns Plains State Reserve, approximately 30 kilometres south of Ulverstone in northwest Tasmania. This ten hectare area was one of the earliest cave reserves in Tasmania, being proclaimed a State Reserve in 1918.
Entry is via a very steep set of steps (54). The route through the cave is some 275 metres long, with some dampness underfoot. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Interpretive guided tours of the cave are run daily at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
There is an admission charge.
These are not far from Deloraine. To reach them, follow c167 to Meander (town) then follow the signs to the park.
We didn't get to see the falls, as when we arrived, we found out that you need most of a day to do the hike, its 5-6 hours return, over not the easiest of walking territory.
The photo is not mine, but its to show you that they do look good and to make you aware of the needed time, energy and fitness to do it.
We only walked a little way.
The Meander Falls track is not the only one in the area. Another track to the falls is via Split Rock. About 1/2 an hour or a little more longer. The track joins the main track near the falls. It is considerably difficult at the falls end requiring the need to cross rocky scree and boulders. Dixons track is also nearby. Further west are Bastion Cascades, Smoko Falls, Chasm Falls, Sids track, Higgs Track and many more.
Sturdy walking boots are generally required. Snow and ice can cover the track in winter months.
For us, these were the most beautiful waterfalls that we saw in Tasmania, and there are heaps there.
The falls are made up of 4 distinctive cascades, just take the 45-minute walk starting from the picnic ground, heading down hill to the viewing platforms and stunning Liffey Falls.
Crystal clear water, outstanding rainforest, beautiful falls, an easy well maintained walking track, what more could you ask for? Tree ferns, the rainforest, it all was stunning here!!
Also in the park, is a large browntop stringybark gumtree, height 50mtrs, diameter, 3.39m, there is a boardwalk all the way around it. Stand beside it, and then you will get to understand the dimensions of this great Tree!
Liffey's falls and forests have received World Heritage listing for their unique natural values
They are Located 29kms from Deloraine.
Tree Ferns, Liffey Forest Reserve, Tasmania
The Don River Railway is another one of those small railways that would be long gone if it was not for a dedicated team of people and railway enthusiast who have felt that this needs to be preserved for younger generations to appreciate what it was like when there was a local railway system here..I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon that I spent here ..riding two of the trains and looking through the huge railway workshop sheds here that hold the many steam and deisel engines..watching many dedicated people restoring a huge deisel motor..and also the large amount of preserved and restored carriages. that are stored in here...This huge shed workshop.. I was told came from a large mine in Western Australia ..which was then disassembled and transported to Devenport and then re- assembled...what a job...it's huge...all done with volunteer labour...
DIESELS RUN MONDAY TO SATURDAY..
STEAM ENGINES RUN SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS..
TRAINS LEAVE DON STATION ON THE HOUR 10.00AM--4.00PM
OPEN 7 DAYS ....EVERYDAY
Another mural...on the back wall of a car park directly opposite the Bible Chapel.
This mural is a representation of a famous hut which can be found up on nearby Cradle Mountain.
Other murals in the town focus on aspects of the town's history, the wildlife, flora & fauna, local personalities and more.
The 3D & perspective effect of this mural is just great.
This town is a HUGE must see. From the guide book it sounded interesting, but the reality proved to be even more fascinating, and worth spending far more time here than we had to spend.
I expected to see a few nice murals on walls and shop fronts, and that would be it, but what this town actually is, is like one huge outdoor art gallery, where practically every surface wall or building frontage which can be painted on is - by all different artists, and all very talented.
A good place to start is the Tourist Information Centre, to get a free map of the main groupings of murals (otherwise you may miss some of the best ones, as they're in side streets as well as the main street). Even rubbish bins in the main street all have bright, attractive murals painted on them.
Also, right beside the Tourist Information Centre (which also has murals inside) is a small grassy park which has been set up with huge mural boards, where artists can exhibit their work, and possibly win awards.
Here is one of the most striking murals which is just off the main Street. I like how even the shape of the building has been incorporated into features within the mural.
The letterbox trail is found on the Forth valley road, heading to Wilmot. The people have been very creative with their ideas.