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Deloraine

 

Deloraine is a small town on the Meander River and definitely worth the drive...approx. 50km from Launceston. There are various parking options...the car park at Rotary Park off East Parade (A5) is free.  

There is a superb walk around the river, which is mainly flat and on sealed tarmac. You can do a full circuit..however a couple of the pedestrian-only bridges are steep and you need a very fit and capable wheelchair pusher to get over these. Dogs allowed on lead.

If you fancy something a bit more adventurous...at the southern end of the Deloraine apex caravan park is a small reserve known as 'Wild Wood'. There is a 1km walking loop with a few great river spots. This circuit is not your typical wheelchair friendly path and can be fairly 'bumpy'. Dogs allowed off lead - under effective control.

There are several options for eating and drinking...Mumma Buzz Cafe 'N' Takeaway on Emu Bay road does a great takeaway coffee. Although Mum's personal favourite is the Dixie Blue Gelato Cafe on East Parade which does fabulous homemade gelato amongst other things. There is ramp access to their outdoor courtyard (dogs allowed in courtyard). It's also worth stopping off at the Red Brick Road Ciderworks, which is just a little further along the road for a cheeky tasting (dogs allowed outside). 

If you're out for a day trip...Lake Huntsman, just along from Meander (26km from Deloraine) is a nice spot to continue onto just for a look, a picnic or a laze in the sun (and for Mr Hughie to have swim). 

Alternatively head down to Pine Lake (35km south from Deloraine). For more details - click on Pine Lake under places to visit.