Deloraine is Tasmania’s largest inland town, situated a scenic 20 minute drive from Mole Creek, and is home to the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre.
The Great Western Tiers touring route along the Meander Valley Highway will take you through the centre of Deloraine, which is strategically located halfway between Launceston and Devonport. Deloraine is a thriving town with a vibrant community, and an absolute must for visitors. Deloraine offers plenty of shops, restaurants, hotels and cafés, real estate agents, banks, art and craft and galleries, and much more.
Deloraine also features a wide range of statues along the main street and around town, from historic to comical in style, forming part of the Great Western Tiers Sculpture Trail.
Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre, Deloraine
As well as catering for visitors’ needs, the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre in Deloraine is home to two unique attractions which should not be missed, the whole with views of the Great Western Tiers. Whilst the visitor servicing area is modern and well-equipped, it is part of a complex of historic buildings forming part of the fabric which makes Deloraine the exciting place it is today.
First is the Deloraine Museum, housed in a building dating from 1856. Originally a family cottage, the building was extended and became the Family and Commercial Inn in 1863 and operated as such until 1894. Take a tour through the cottage, pub, Jimmy Possum snug and exhibition gallery. Outside is the dairy, blacksmith’s shop and vehicle shed and Alma Bramich Garden.
YARNS Artwork in Silk
A fitting tribute in Deloraine, a town known for the artistry of its craftspersons, this monumental work was created by more than 300 people from within the region and took 10,000 hours to complete. Parts of the Great Western Tiers in each of the four seasons are depicted in 3.4 m x 4 m panels, using 200 metres of hand-dyed silk and techniques including embroidery, appliqué, cross-stitch, weaving, patchwork and quilting. Every 30 minutes there is an audio-visual presentation which will enhance your appreciation of the labour love which is YARNS.
Tasmanian Craft Fair
The Tasmanian Craft Fair is without a doubt, one of the major annual attractions of Tasmania, as well as Deloraine and the Great Western Tiers.
Run over four days (starting the last Friday in October) and featuring over 200 stalls in 12 venues around Deloraine, you can stroll around at your leisure or catch the free shuttle bus service – just don’t miss it!