Mayfield Bay, East Coast

Itinerary - Gardens of Cradle Country and the North-West Coast

4 Days Ex Launceston/Devonport

Day 1: Launceston, Deloraine, Sheffield, Cradle Mountain - 2 hr/144 km

  • Depart Launceston/Devonport and drive to Deloraine
  • At Mole Creek, near Deloraine, is Wychwood, an inspiring one-hectare garden, including a small orchard of heritage fruit trees, and a productive vegetable garden and orchard. There are cleverly arranged plantings, with an emphasis on bold foliage, form and colour. Many of the display plants can be purchased.
  • Travel via Paradise (C137) to Sheffield, the Town of Murals. Sheffield is  the home of the Clematis Cottage Nursery - clematis heaven for lovers of this plant.
  • A little way out of Sheffield is Tasmazia, where visitors can enjoy the world's largest botanical maze, The Great Maze. There are eight mazes in total.
  • Continue to Cradle Mountain and Tasmania's World Heritage Area.
  • Overnight Cradle Mountain.

Day 2 - Cradle Mountain

  • See the many unique alpine plants on one of the area's short walks. During autumn, the area is among the best locations to view and photograph the changing colours of the deciduous beech (fagus).
  • Afterwards, relax at one of the world's top spas at Waldheim Alpine Spa

Day 3 - Cradle Mountain to Wynyard - 1 hr 30 min/120 km

  • On the way to Wynyard stop at nearby Nietta (C128), where Kaydale Lodge Garden showcases selectively bred daffodils, a fritillaria 'meadow', rare alpine plants, a colourful thyme lawn and Jurassic Park-like tree ferns. Home-style accommodation is available, making it a convenient staging point for visiting Gunns Plains and Leven Canyon.
  • The North-West Coast's rich volcanic soil grows a diverse range of crops. Flowering pyrethrum, poppies, peonies and tulips can be seen from the road, as can more traditional vegetable crops.
  • On the Old Bass Highway at Sulphur Creek discover Orchids 'n' More, specialising in orchids and other specialty plants.
  • Continue to Annsleigh Gardens and Cafe (B18) just 10 km south of Burnie for flowering and ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, cherry blossoms, wisteria, camellia and laburnum walks.
  • Nearby, at Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, visitors can relax among the many rhododendrons and select companion plants - arranged in geographical sequence to indicate the origins of the species - from the Himalayas, Asia and North America. Peak flowering time is mid-September to early November, although the 13-hectare natural amphitheatre offers colour for most of the year.
  • Stop at the Two Oaks Nursery, Gallery and Café in Somerset (A1) for a light lunch or Devonshire tea and a chance to purchase some perennials or perfumed plants.
  • In the coastal township of Wynyard (A2) are the Richard Gutteridge Garden featuring a rock water wall and a fountain originally from Terra Nova. Walking tracks link the gardens to Fossil Bluff through remnant coastal forest, providing an opportunity to view local native wildlife.
  • Wynyard is host to Bloomin Tulips, an annual festival held during the first fortnight in October. Highlights include Breakfast on Table Cape, art and craft displays, music and tulip-tossing championships. With Table Cape Tulip Farm and Van Diemen Quality Bulbs situated in the area, the festival is timed to coincide with the peak flowering of the tulips, a sight not to be missed.
  • Also at Wynyard is Katandra Garden and Bulb Farm, offering a large country garden and undercover daffodil displays to view and purchase.
  • Head inland for something completely different in the horticultural field, yet aptly suited to the local conditions. Oldina Nursery at Oldina (C237) specialises in Australian plants and Tasmanian rainforest plants.
  • Nearby Rocky Cape National Park contains a diverse range of native botanical specimens - from small orchids to a unique species of banksia.
  • Overnight Wynyard

Day 4 - Wynyard to Launceston - 2 hr 30 min/163 km

  • Visit Tarkine Forest Adventures, 30 km from Smithton. Covering an area of 600 hectares, it is the only sinkhole (a basin-shaped depression) in the world that encloses a dense blackwood forest. Visitors can get to the swamp floor on a 110-metre slide or, for the less adventurous, access is via maze-like paths that meander across the sinkhole floor.
  • Travelling back towards Smithton on the A2, take the B22 to Allendale Gardens and Rainforest Walks at Edith Creek and see collections of mature exotic plants, natural streams, exotic trees and conifers in this multi-award-winning garden. Take an easy walk into Allendale's own private blackwood rainforest, with its exquisite fern glades.
  • Heading back towards Devonport, stop at Fuchsia Fantasy at Lillico, between Turner's Beach and Don, where visitors will be overwhelmed by more than 1,500 varieties of fuchsias.
  • Ten kilometres south of Devonport at Eugenana (C146) is the Tasmanian Arboretum, situated on the Don River and Melrose Creek. View the Tasmanian flora collection, natural bush, limestone outcrops and an ornamental lake. Platypus can be seen regularly, as can waterbirds.
  • Consider a visit or additional overnight stop at Hawley House on the coast at Hawley Beach. Built in 1878 in Victorian Gothic style, this eclectic homestead has six hectares of vineyard, together with substantial gardens, lakes and ponds that have become a sanctuary for an abundance of wildlife. 
  • Travel via the Frankford Highway (B71) to Launceston
  • Depart Launceston.

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