Aug
02
2012

Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers

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Whether you want to climb rugged mountains, discover the underground world of caves or travel across sweeping green plains, it is hard not to marvel at natural beauty of Tasmania’s Great Western Tiers.

However, there is also much more to this part of the world and a journey through the region isn’t complete without getting to know the locals, learning about the area’s rich colonial history or trying your hand at arts and crafts.

With this in mind, you might want to get out your map and start planning a once in a lifetime travel experience.

The first stop on this two-day journey which ends in a wilderness drive is Carrick, a small town bursting in history located just west of Launceston.  After this, it is onto Hadspen – which is home to one of the state’s best-known heritage homes in the form of Entally House – before stopping in Westbury.

With the history leg of the tour out of the way, it is now time to travel to the heart of the island state’s craft movement in Deloraine.  During November, the town comes alive with the Tasmanian Craft Fair, but it is a constant source of inspiration for artists who regularly pass through to source materials and speak with fellow enthusiasts. Spread over five locations it is one of Australia’s largest.

For those who like the best, it is hard to travel through this region without stopping in to visit the locals or pay tribute to its fantastic scenery which is why the second part of this journey is all about reconnecting with nature.

No more than a stone’s throw from Deloraine is the world-famous Mole Creek Karst National Park – which is home to more than 300 caves and sinkholes. There are two caves open to the public on a daily basis, but to make the most of this experience it is best to go on the Marakoopa and King Solomons Cave tours.

You now have two choices. Winding through to Cradle Mountain for an alpine experience, or heading toward the coast with a climb over the saddle and descent into Paradise leading you to Sheffield and down through Barrington/Lower Barrington to Devonport.

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