Latrobe Tourism & Travel
Situated in the North-West region of Tasmania, Latrobe is on the eastern bank of the Mersey River, some 10km south of Devonport, 246kms from Hobart and 92kms from Launceston. The charming historic town of Latrobe is also known as the platypus capital of the world with its abundance of the amazing creature. Latrobe is main centre of the Latrobe Council and has a population of 2690 souls.
Regarded as the birthplace of competitive wood chopping, Latrobe houses The Australian Axemans Hall of Fame, paying tribute to its wood chopping heritage. 76 heritage-listed buildings can also be taken in on a historic walk for an insight into Latrobes history.
Latrobe is renowned for its large platypus population, and the intriguing creature can be seen in the Warrawee Forest Reserve. Visitors can also gain an insight into the life of the fascinating animal at the platypus interpretation centre.
Other popular attractions include the Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve, comprised of over 40 native orchids and other rare flora; the House of Anvers chocolate factory, offering tastings and sales of premium Belgian chocolates; and Bells Parade Reserve, a beautiful picnic ground at the site of the former port.
24kms west of Latrobe, Turners Beach offers great fishing for mullet and salmon, and another 4kms west are the many beautiful beaches of Ulverstone such as Buttons Beach, Picnic Point, and Three Sisters. A 45-minute drive west of Latrobe leads to Penguin Beach, comprised of a lovely sandy shoreline and rugged rocky cliffs.
The event-rich town of Latrobe consists of the Henley-on-the-Mersey Regatta, the Latrobe Wheel Race, the Chocolate Winterfest, and the Latrobe Gift footrace.
Latrobe - Near by
The popular seaport of Devonport is located to the north of Latrobe, boasting beautiful coastal reserves and a vibrant town centre. To the south is the thriving rural centre and artistic hub of Deloraine, comprised of many historic buildings and an endless array of galleries and quaint shops. The nearby town of Railton, renowned for its exquisite topiary is also just a short drive from of Latrobe.
Settled in the1850s by Europeans, the town of Latrobe progressed quickly as it was the first crossing point on the Mersey River. The former major port exported timber and other produce to the mainland during the Victorian gold rush in the early 1890s. Subsequently, Devonport became the main port of the North West region of Tasmania.
Today, the main industries of Latrobe consist of agriculture, antique trading, orchards and paper manufacturing. Another industry supporting the economy is the growing of opium poppies to supply pharmaceutical manufacturers in Australia and overseas. Interestingly, Tasmania is the only state in Australia permitted to grow the opium poppies as a crop; and that is under very strict supervision!