Latrobe and Port Sorell
One of Australia's finest heritage towns where you will live the history and love the nature. Built on mining and agricultural beginnings from the mid 19th century Latrobe was once a bustling port on the banks of the Mersey River. The former port is now the scenic picnic parkland Bells Parade, but you can step back in time in Latrobe's main street where there are 75 heritage listed buildings, including six on the National Estate Register. Our colourful past is on display at the Courthouse Museum.
Industry aside, Latrobe has a rich sporting history. The Australian Axemans Hall of Fame recognises Latrobe's pioneering role in competitive wood chopping, with the first wood chop competition in the world staged in Latrobe in 1891 in addition, the annual Latrobe Boxing Day Carnival - which features athletics, wood chopping and the richest wheel race in Australia - is the longest running carnival of its kind in the world. The Australian Axemans Hall of Fame and Timberworks is the first national museum dedicated to this aspect of our colonial history. It is also an educational and entertainment centre.
Latrobe's hospitality is always on show. With the town known as platypus Capital of the World, the locals of Latrobe know several good spots where this unique egg laying mammal can be seen in it's natural environment. Other attractions include the numerous antique and collectibles stores and diverse craft and gift shops. There are fine restaurants. Street-side cafes and bakeries and even a genuine Belgian chocolate factory. Each Sunday a bustling country market draws crowds from far and wide.
With sweeping beaches and sheltered inlets, this is a seaside holiday haven. Located on Tasmania's mild and sunny northern coast, Port Sorell is also the gateway to Narawntapu National Park, which has been referred to by a BBC photographer as Australia's version of the African Serengeti. See Tasmania's wildlife roam freely on the grasslands or enjoy the Interpretation centre at the park.
Port Sorell or its neighbouring villages of Shearwater, Hawley Beach and Squeaking Point all make for ideal holiday or day trip destinations. The Devonport Airport, Spirit of Tasmania terminal and Devonport City centre are only a 15-minute drive away.
The area offers foreshore and bush reserves, walking and cycling tracks, golf courses and tennis courts. Swimming, fishing, sailing and other water-based activities are very popular pastimes for visitors and locals alike in the Port Sorell area. Or just sit and sip local wines grown in the area at a seaside picnic.
To find out more about Latrobe Accommodation, Port Sorell Accommodation, please phone the Latrobe Visitor Information Centre on 03 6426 2240.
View Devonport's sleek little tall ship, Julie Burgess, on a special sail from Devonport to Port Sorell drawing a curious crowd to the Port Sorell jetty.