Latrobe is located 7km southeast of Devonport on the banks of the Mersey River. Once a bustling port the modern day town is a lot quieter and slower paced.
The local attractions, apart from the peaceful atmosphere, include Platypus Encounters, the Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame and Sherwood Hall.
The intriguing Platypus inhabits the local waters here. Try your luck spotting one in the Mersey River or contact the Visitor Centre and organise a guided tour where you’ll observe these astonishing furry duck-billed creatures in their natural environment. Tours are run twice daily at dawn and dusk.
The Australian Axeman’s Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to the sport of Woodchopping and Australia’s timber heritage. Featuring photos, tools and memorabilia of past wood chopping legends and located where the first world woodchopping championship was held, the museum is made solely of Australian timbers and is interesting and educational for all ages.
Another wooden structure of interest here is Sherwood Hall. A unique colonial home built by a pioneer couple of the 1850’s, Thomas and Dolly Johnson, has been restored and is open for viewing between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1pm to 4pm on weekends and public holidays.
This area offers a bit of Australian history and unique history at that. Timber in the past and present is big in Tasmania and you can learn a lot more about it when visiting.
Accommodation and camping is available at the Latrobe Caravan Park, as well as 48 hour overnight parking for self contained motorhomes on Cotton Street, permits are issued at the Visitor Centre.
Alternatively just 13km from town is the seaside village of Port Sorell which offers camping on the foreshore and a great spot for the keen angler to launch a boat and try their luck. The camp ground has a couple of powered sites, amenities and fees are payable to the caretaker. Note that a fishing licence is not required in Tasmania for marine fishing, only inland waters. Port Sorell is a quiet and peaceful location to escape from it all.
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Destinations in Tasmania
Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers
Freycinet National Park
Mt Field National Park
Return from Latrobe to Tasmania