Deloraine

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The town is a busy regional centre and has become a major tourist attraction in its own right. Its magnificent scenery, clean environment, and proximity to many of Tasmania's most exciting features and places make it a must-do for any visitor to Tasmania.

A great way to start a visit to Deloraine is to take a stroll along the beautiful riverbank of the Meander River, right in the heart of the town. This is also a great picnic spot. A walking tour of historical Deloraine can be started from this area. A Guide To Historical Deloraine can be obtained from the Visitor Centre at 100 Emu Bay Road. You can walk or drive to many of the most prominent historic buildings in the town.

Deloraine is now established as a major arts and craft centre, hosting the Tasmanian Craft Fair in November each year. This has become the largest working craft fair in Australia, attracting over 20,000 visitors over a four day period. Many artists and crafts people have made a home in the Deloraine district, finding inspiration for their work in the beautiful natural environment to be found all around.

Significant attractions in Deloraine include 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. The Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum is also housed at the Vistor Centre.

Local galleries such as Deloraine Craft Studio and Bowerbank Mill show and sell samples of local artwork,ranging from pottery to paintings to furniture. There are also a number of antique and second-hand shops in the town for those who want that special something.

Feeling hungry? Deloraine has a range of food and refreshment outlets to tempt any palette - milk bars and take-aways, award-winning bakeries, a-la-carte restaurants. Try the gourmet food and hot espresso coffee at the Deloraine Deli, a sit-down meal at Sullivan's, overlooking the river or trip back a century or so at the Settlers Restaurant.

Deloraine also has a full range of accommodation to suit every budget and preference. The Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre located in Deloraine can assist you with the many options available for accommodation in the region.

Deloraine is a great place to use as a base for exploration of the surrounding areas including limestone caves at Mole Creek, bushwalks in the Liffey World Heritage Areas, trout fishing in streams cascading down from the Central Plateau lakes, cycling on the Tasmanian Trail or wandering through historic farming properties such as Woolmers. The east coast beaches are only a couple of hours away and the Bass Strait beaches are even closer.

Deloraine is a classified historic town, midway between Launceston and Devonport, it is approximately 50 kilometres to either, or about 45 minutes driving time.

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