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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Latrobe, Tasmania

The Cherry Shed

Axeman's Hall of Fame

Sherwood Hall

Bell's Parade

Bell's Parade


Just 10 minutes from Devonport is the quaint little town of Latrobe. If you like cherries, The Cherry Shed is a must, they make cherry pies, cheesecake, wine, port, liqueurs, jam and ice cream. I bought a kilo of fresh cherries for $10 and they were large and delicious.

Just down the Road is The Axeman's Hall of Fame with photos and memorabilia about famous Tasmanian champion woodchoppers like the Foster family.

Not far away is Sherwood Hall at Bell's Parade, the house of Thomas and Dolly Johnson. Thomas was an ex convict and Dolly was part Aboriginal and they went on to have 15 children and ended up very wealthy, owning a string of properties as long as your arm.

Bell's Parade is a tranquil spot beside the Mersey River, if you come here at dawn and dusk, you are guaranteed to see platypus, they thrive in this area.

If you are interested in antiques, Reliquaire will blow you away, probably the most interesting antique shop I've ever been in. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take any photos and I can understand why, this place is unique and wants to stay that way. I saw some wonderful Art Deco pieces that were quite reasonably priced.