The Great Western Tiers are a collection of mountain bluffs that form the northern edge of the Central Highlands plateau in Tasmania, Australia. The Meander Valley is the start of the trek through the Tiers (if you approach from Launceston). Westbury sits at the head of the valley and is a beautifully laid out town with wide streets and a stately English feel. Take the kids for a ride on an old Steam train at Pearn’s Steam World or get lost in the awesome Westbury Maze.
A little further along is Deloraine where you will find the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre and the Folk Museum. The kids will be entertained and captivated by the musical water fountain. There is also a statue of the champion racehorse Malua, who won the 1884 Melbourne Cup – be sure to get a photo in front of him!
Chudleigh and Mole Creek aren’t far from Deloraine. Mole Creek has some caves to explore and the countryside is known to be a favoured area for Tasmanian Tigers – they are supposed to be extinct but people think they see them! Mole Creek also is home to Trowunna Wildlife Park where you can view devils, wombats, kangaroos in a natural bush setting. The local kangaroos come and ask the kids for a pat and chat – they will love it!
Elizabeth Town is known for the fresh produce. Ashgrove Cheese, Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and VDL Creamery are all here which provide hours of fun with free tastings, awesome cafes, products and ice creams. The Elizabeth Town Bakery is a must visit, with so many food options, you won’t know what to choose!
Latrobe is famous for pristine Warrawee Reserve which is home to a large platypus population. It is also home to the Axeman’s Hall of Fame. The House of Anvers and Cherry Shed are here. The Cherry Shed has great meals and a children’s playground so that they are out of your hair for a little while!
The Great Western Tiers has so much to offer for families with so much to do and see, the kids are going to be happy, but so will you!