The Tasmanian touring region known as the Great Western Tiers runs from Mole Creek in the west to Prospect, on the outskirts of Launceston, in the east. The Great Western Tiers themselves are a dramatic feature dominating the landscape, comprising the northern escarpment of Tasmania's central plateau.
Mole Creek offers spectacular mountain views of the Great Western Tiers, one of the longest unbroken escarpments in Australia and it is the face of the central plateau which is the source of many lakes, streams and waterfalls. Western Bluff at 1420m is the most western end of the Tiers, snow capped in winter a most impressive sight. In the shadows of the Tiers are a number of small towns and villages, as well as much visited features such as Liffey Falls, Meander Forest Reserve and Falls and Devil’s Gullet.
Take a picnic and follow Lakes Highway from Deloraine up to the top of the Tiers and onto the central plateau, where you will find the Great Lakes -famed as a fisherman’s heaven.
Deloraine is a scenic 20 minute drive from Mole Creek and home to the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre.
A thriving town and vibrant community make Deloraine an absolute must for visitors. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, hotels and cafes, real estate agents, banks, art and craft and galleries, and much more. Deloraine also features a wide range of statues along the main street and around town, from historic to comical in style.
As well as catering for visitors’ needs, the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre in Deloraine is home to two unique attractions which should not be missed. First is the Deloraine Museum, housed in a building dating from 1856.
Originally a family cottage, the building was extended and became the Family and Commercial Inn in 1863 and operated as such until 1894. Take a tour through the cottage, pub, Jimmy Possum snug and exhibition gallery. Outside is the dairy, blacksmith’s shop and vehicle shed and Alma Bramich Garden.
And, of course, YARNS Artwork in Silk, a fitting tribute in a town known for the artistry of its craftspersons, this monumental work was created by more than 300 people from within the region and took 10,000 hours to complete.
Parts of the Great Western Tiers in each of the four seasons are depicted in 3.4 m x 4 m panels, using 200 metres of hand-dyed silk and techniques including embroidery, applique, cross-stitch, weaving, patchwork and quilting. Every 30 minutes there is an audio-visual presentation which will enhance your appreciation of the labour love which is YARNS.