Deloraine is a delightful riverside town with an historic streetscape classified by the National Trust. Set in the foothills of the Great Western Tiers mountain range, Deloraine's resident population of around 2,000 swells by 30,000 when Australia's biggest working craft fair comes to town every November. Held over four days, more than 200 exhibitors show everything from kites to candle wicks, kaleidoscopes to fine silkscreen paintings, woodcarvings, lead lights and hand-blown glassware.
Outside of festival time, arts and crafts still dominate with the town's many local galleries, craft shops and antique stores.
Deloraine's streets are lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings and make for a charming morning or afternoon stroll. The town's excellent bakeries and cafes are also popular local hotspots.
Farm experiences in the area include award-winning salmon, honey, raspberries and cheese, and the flora and fauna of Tasmania's world-famous national parks including the limestone caves of Mole Creek Karst National Park.
There's also a pleasant easy walk through wilderness to nearby Lilley Falls.
The town is a good base from which to explore Cradle Mountain, the Great Western Tiers, Mole Creek and the Central Highlands. A short detour to Deloraine on the way to Launceston from Devonport makes a pleasant and interesting stop.
Deloraine is a 40-min drive (50 km) from Launceston.