Ulverstone | TasmaniaThe beachside town of Ulverstone, 19km west of Devonport, is a popular tourist destination, especially in summer. It is the centre for a dairy farming and agricultural district.
Main AttractionsUlverstone's beaches, memorial parks, antique and craft shops are big drawcards. Dominating the town is the Shrine of Remembrance clock tower in Reibey St. There are 4 memorial parks: Tobruk Park in Hobbs Pde; Anzac Park by the River Leven; Legion Park in West Ulverstone; and HMAS Shropshire Naval Memorial Park in Dial St. Fairway Park has an adventure playground and a giant waterslide in summer. The History Museum in Main St displays local memorabilia in the form of shop windows (open Tue, Thurs and weekends). The NW Woodcraft Guild Workshop and Gallery is open Tue, Thurs and Sat. A lookout off Upper Maud St in West Ulverstone gives views across the river to the Bass Strait beaches.
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There is a miniature railway 2km east, and little penguins can be seen at dusk at Leith, 12km east. Goat Island Sanctuary, 5km west, can be reached by a walkway at low tide. Gunns Plains Caves, 24km SW, feature limestone formations, an underground river and glow-worms; guided tours are available. Gunns Plains Hop Farm is nearby. Scenic waterfalls in the area include Preston (19km south) and Castra falls (30km south). Leven Canyon, 41km south, is a magnificent gorge with interesting walking tracks.
huonpine | 2008-11-30 | 50 Whales recently became fatally stranded on a beach in Tasmania's North West. This is not the first time such an unfortunate event has happened to Tasmania's biggest marine mammal. | read more
mwing | 2010-09-15 | Gunns Plains is a small rural valley situated just 30 minutes from Devonport, Tasmania. A 10 minute coastal drive west, and then 15 minutes south of Ulverstone, and you will end up at one of the most picturesque valleys along the north west coast. | read more