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    GUNN'S PLAINS CAVES - NTH/WEST TASSIE

    by balhannah Updated May 2, 2014

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    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.

    TOURS...............
    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.

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    LEVEN CANYON - NTH/WEST TASSIE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 7, 2009

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    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!!!

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    PRESTON WATERFALLS IN NTH/WEST TASMANIA

    by balhannah Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    Preston Falls

    Preston Falls are tall and slender, 25m high waterfall, that plunge over an alcove into the shady depths of the gorge.
    A short walk down steps to the overlooking platform, takes less than 5 minutes. There are two short walks, not suitable for children.
    These falls are located along Preston Creek, near the Leven Canyon.

    WHERE.... From Raymond road, near Gunns Plains. A short track from the carpark to the lookout over the falls.

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    PENGUIN....THE TOWN ...NTH/WEST TASSIE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 7, 2009

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    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

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    TASMAZIA -FULL OF MAZES IN NTH/WEST TASMANIA

    by balhannah Updated May 2, 2014

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    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 2014 IS...Adults (16 yrs+) - $25.00 sENIORS $20.00
    Children (4-15 yrs) - $12.50..Tots (3 yrs & under) - FREE!

    OPEN Dec - April: 9am - 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.

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    HAWLEY BEACH & PORT SORELL

    by balhannah Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Hawley Beach

    Hawley beach is a nice mainly untouched area which had beach, sheltered inlets, and lovely boulders covered in a red lichen. We found this to be a lovely quiet area to wander around the foreshores and we also did see some Tasmanian Forester kangaroo's.
    There also is a national park where you can go walking, is meant to have quite a bit of wildlife.

    Hawley House is located here. It is included in the ABC Open garden scheme, but the gardens were not open when we were there. It is a large old residence, built in 1878, by a retired Indian Army officer, Major Dumbleton, and named after the Dumbleton family home in 'Hawley House' in Aldershot, England. It fell into neglect until Colonel Houghton, another Indian Army Officer bought & restored it, and now there is fine dining, accommodation and weddings & events are held here.

    Port Sorell is known as ‘Port of Golden Beaches and Gateway to Narawntapu National Park’.

    Here, there is a chance to see the penguins returning to their burrows at dusk from October to March at Lillico Beach or Point Sorrell

    It is only about 20kms from Devonport

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    GREAT WESTERN TIERS - DELORAINE

    by balhannah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Deloraine...........IS TASMANIA'S LARGEST INLAND TOWN......

    IS A CLASSIFIED NATIONAL TRUST TOWN.......

    AND HOME OF THE TASMANIAN CRAFT FAIR.

    The Craft fair, which has 200+ exhibitors, attracts about 30,000 around November each year , so make sure you book you accommodation early if coming to that!
    Its a working craft fair, so you can try some "crafty" things.....like....candle wicking,
    ............or just watch items such as kites, hand blown glass ware, wood carvings, leadlighting etc be done by the craft person.
    In town, all year round, there are plenty of art and craft galleries to browse through, plenty of talented people around here!

    Deloraine is surrounded by 'English-style' countryside of rolling green hills, hedgerows, and working farms.......the town itself is pretty, being located on the banks of the Meander river, and has a nice park alongside....we ate our lunch here, bought from a good Bakery in town.

    Georgian and Victorian buildings, many which have been restored, I find beautiful! and there are plenty to see here
    You can either walk or drive, I prefer the walking, think you can see so much more this way.

    Yarns Artwork in Silk, a community-based art project which depicts the four seasons through artwork in silk. This is on show at the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre.

    This was one of my favorite Tassie towns!
    Make time to stop the car, and go for a walk around if you are only passing through!

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    VILLAGE OF LOWER CRACKPOT - NTH/WEST TASSIE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    Lower Crackpot

    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

    OPEN...
    Dec - April: 10am - 5pm
    May - Nov: 10am - 4pm

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    FERNDENE GORGE PARK NEAR PENGUIN

    by balhannah Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    Colossal Tree Ferns

    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.

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    Lake Barrington & Devil's Gate Dam Nth/West Tassie

    by balhannah Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    Lake Barrington is an artificial lake in the Forth Valley, about 40ks from Devonport.

    It was created by building the 84metre high Devil 's Gate Dam on the Forth River for Hydro Electricity.
    The lake is 20kms long and is an International rowing course. Its also used for skiing and canoeing competitions. Its set in a pretty area with lots of birdlife as well as Pademelons, Potoroos and Bandicoots.

    You are allowed to swim, fish, and there is also a beautiful 4km walk through past tall gum trees, beautiful rainforest to a waterfall, this is where you see "life" if you are quiet and patient.

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    MEANDER FALLS IN THE WESTERN TIERS

    by balhannah Updated Oct 7, 2009

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    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.

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    DON RAILWAY

    by balhannah Updated May 2, 2014

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    Don Railway Steam Train

    This was a tourist attraction that we found pretty disappointing.

    We boarded a steam train for a short journey along the banks of the Don river. It was advertised as scenic, but to us, it really wasn't anything special. It stopped at the Beach.....you can remain at the beach to explore or do what-ever, and catch a later Train back.
    Trains leave Coles Beach at 20 minutes past the hour.

    The yards have the largest collection of steam locomotives in Tasmania dating between 1879 to 1951. There is a museum of railway memorabilia including a photo display and a souvenir and gift shop provides light refreshments.

    OPEN - every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
    Trains operate on the hour, 10am until 4pm, 7 days per week.

    Normal train operation is:
    Monday to Saturday trains use our vintage railcar DP22*
    Sunday trains use restored steam engine M4

    The station which includes a souvenir & model shop is open from 9am until 4pm.

    FARES IN 2014
    •Adults: $19
    •Seniors Card holders: $17
    •Aged Pensioners: $15
    •Children (aged 4-15): $14
    •Family (2 adults & 2 children): $40
    •Special concessions are available for groups, bookings are essential.
    •Site Ticket only (gives access to Museum and site)

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    MASON'S FUCHSIA FARM IN NTH/WEST TASSIE

    by balhannah Updated May 2, 2014

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    Like flowers? then have a wander around Mason's Fuchsia farm, and if you wish, buy one to take home.
    Mason’s Fuchsia Fantasy started approx. 20 years ago as a hobby for Stephanie Mason. As well as Fuchsia's, there is a children’s inside play area, Toilets and a Cafe which does light meals + morning & afternoon teas.
    Another plus is the views, spectacular looking over Bass Strait. Currently there are over 1500 varieties of fuchsias on display with no entry cost to see these beautiful plants.

    OPEN... Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    And most public holidays from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    200 Geranium varieties
    EFTPOS facilities
    Ample parking for all size vehicles
    No Quarantine restrictions ex. Tasmania

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    Walk Devonport

    by balhannah Updated May 2, 2014

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    Mersey Bluff Lighthouse

    We just happened to be staying at Devonport when the Melbourne to Devonport Yacht race was being held. We saw the winning Yacht enter the Mersey river, and spoke to the Wife of the Skipper, she was so excited that her husband had come in 1st!

    We had walked to the River bank foreshore and the viewing platform which was a great vantage point for viewing boats and ships as they entered and left the river. After watching for a while, we then returned to the Caravan park via the Lighthouse at the ‘Bluff’ headland and the blowhole and aboriginal rock carvings.

    You can continue onto Coles Beach, Lookouts, and the Don Bushland Reserve which follows the Don River and concludes at the Don River Railway. If you did this, the entire walk would be about 9kms on flat, paved pathways.

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    BRADDON's LOOKOUT NTH/WEST TASMANIA

    by balhannah Updated Oct 8, 2009

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    This lookout is located near the town of Forth, 13ks from Devonport. You get great views over the Forth Valley and towards the coastline..... looking westward along the trail showing tidal flats and old sea levels resulting from past glacial influences.

    NTASTIC VIEWS FROM THIS LOOKOUT

    We went here twice, as the sun was in the wrong direction for phots the 1st time, and also we got to see the landscape, with the tide "in" and "out"

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