Forests, Flora & Fauna (Latrobe)

Bells Parade

From the end of the Sheean Walk to the gate of Bell's Parade (1/3 kilometre), then the Bell's Parade circuit (3/4 kilometre) return to the Sheean Walk start.
Bell's Parade, Latrobe
Picturesque Bell's Parade is situated on the Latrobe inlet of the Mersey River. It is named after Robert Bell, who with his half brother Henry Bentinck, constructed a wharf and a store on the site in 1855.
From the 1880's it was the main port on the river, becoming northern Tasmania's second major trading port for a period.
Old English trees abound along the Parade adding natural splendour to the tranquillity and with barbecue facilities available it makes an ideal location for a picnic. It is also a popular spot during the warmer months for wedding ceremonies and photo opportunities.
In 1988 as a Bi-Centenary Project, Bell's Parade was extensively restored and beautified through community efforts, with significant contributions from Latrobe Service Clubs and local pioneer families. The history is beautifully depicted on sculptures by Tasmanian artist Stephen Walker, and located at Bell's Parade in an area known as "Settlers Wharf".
The "Henley-On-The-Mersey" carnival is held at Bell's Parade annually on Australia Day, 26 January and has been a major social and sporting event for in excess of 85 years.
Also located at Bell's Parade is Sherwood Hall and Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame.


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Dooley's Hill Reserve Walks

- Lower Reserve Walk from Kings Park picnic area to William Street over the Kings Creek footbridge (½ km).

- Round the Hill Walk from the Sheean Walk behind Dooley's Cottage to the junction of the Forth/Upper Hamilton Street joining up with the "top of the Hill" walk turning left at the "Steep Climb" walk and descending down to the Kings Park picnic grounds (1½ kms).

- Steep Climb Walk from Kings Park picnic grounds to the junction of the "Top of the Hill" walk (1/3 kms) turning right and returning to the park grounds (1¼ kms)

- Top of the Hill Walk from the end of (Upper) Twiss Street to the top of Forth Street (¾ km).

- Reserve & River Walk from Kings Park to Forth and (Upper) Hamilton Street junction, along Hamilton Street to Hawkins Street follow this to the (Upper) Twiss Street and walk the Dooley's Hill plateau to the junction at River Road and follow the River Road south past Bell's Parade and walk back up Gilbert Street to Kings Park picnic ground (6 kms).

- Steep Reserve & River Walk start your walk from the bottom of Hawkins Street and then follow the same route as the Reserve and River Walk. Hawkins Street will test your fitness.


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Gilbert Street Historic Walk

Walk from the Mersey Bridge to the Roman Catholic Church (1¼ kms) return (2½ kms), enjoying the Heritage Streetscape and National Trust buildings along Gilbert Street, Turn onto Hamilton Street, to enjoy the Anglican Church and historic buildings from early times in tranquil country settings


River Walk

Location: Drive down or walk down Hamilton Street along Shale Road until you come to the Warrawee Forest Reserve sign on your right (3½ kms). Follow the 5 to 6 kilometre river walk through a picnic area to the Great Bend and Myrtle Hole. (Return 13 kms).


Sheean Memorial Walk

Location: From the Sheean Memorial (opposite Station Square in Gilbert Street) and follow the old railway line to the River Road junction

Meander the sealed track to read the plaques detailing the various conflicts of World War II and pays homage to those involved in the Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam and Korean conflicts. Leading through to Bell's Parade via the Bert Campbell Memorial walk and Atkinson's Park


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Warrawee Forest Reserve (Latrobe)

Shale Road, Latrobe (Off Gilbert Street then head down Hamilton Street for 4kms)
The Warrawee Forest Reserve and Myrtle Hole development are the result of a dedicated and enthusiastic local Land Care Group, situated on the banks of the Mersey River, in Latrobe (follow Hamilton Street down Shale Road, the original highway to Deloraine).
The Warrawee Forest Reserve boasts:

  1. 5 km walking track
  2. 2 parklands with barbecues and tables. The parklands and walking track were created from disused quarries and rubbish dumps.
  3. 3 ponds stocked with trout. Ponds fed through a pipe from the river.
  4. Bridge over the canal, surrounding area sown with grass and mowed regularly.
  5. Rubbish bins - emptied into Collex bin and recycling bin.

A lot of history is in the area such as the power generation site (first of its type in the area), the old shale works including mine shafts, remains of the shale bridge across the Mersey River, flax and paint factory, the town's old pump station for town water supply and reservoir made of bluestone in the shape of an upside-down pyramid and lots of flora and fauna.
Warrawee is a Tasmanian Aboriginal word meaning "plenty", and within the 229ha of bushland of Warrawee there is plenty of flora and fauna, including several rare species, to stimulate your senses and immerse you in the Australian bush.
The forests of Warrawee are sclerophyll (from the Greek words meaning "hard leaf"). Sclerophyll forests are generally better adapted to cope with fire than, say, rainforests. Within Warrawee, three rare plant species have been identified - Pimelea curviflora var. graalis, Gynatrix pulchella and Epacris exserta.
The rare and wholly protected giant freshwater lobster also makes its home in the Mersey River and inlets whilst the highly manoeuvrable grey goshawk hunts amongst the forest. Insects love the still air above the Myrtle Ponds. Bats, flying and feeding after sunset in the warmer months, are also worth watching for.
Several animals, including Tasmanian bettongs, now extinct on the mainland due to predators, can be seen at Warrawee. The most popular however, is the Platypus.
Warrawee, and places like it, help to ensure a future for many Australian native plants and animals.


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Henry Somerset Orchid Conservation Area (Latrobe)

Railton Road, Latrobe (5 kms south of Latrobe township)
Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve was officially opened on 27th November, 1981 and is the only one in Australia, unique for the pure terrestrial study of orchids. Please click here to view orchid gallery.
The Henry Somerset Orchid Reserve was named after former engineer, deputy chairman and managing director of Associated Forest Holdings, a subsidiary of APPM (now North Forest Products) and avid naturalist, Sir Henry Somerset.
This natural area is set aside to provide all Tasmanians, as well as visitors to the State, with an interest in environmental management and natural history. Known for its high diversity of native terrestrial orchids, some now listed as rare and endangered, with some not only endemic to the island state of Tasmania but to the local area.
Some 43 species have been recorded within the reserve, varying from the tall 60cm tall Hyacinth orchid Dipodium roseum, a leafless saprophyte that appears annually in early summer, to the tiny 2cm Winter Helmet orchids Corybas species.
Recent taxonomic review into the Genus Caladenia by the Centre for Plant Biodiversity, Australian National Botanical Gardens in Canberra, has resulted in the discovery of a new species, Robust Finger orchid, Petalochilus tonellii, named after the reserve founder and Hon. Warden Peter Tonelli. Peter is a member of the Australian Orchid Foundation recognised after a 30 year interest in the field of Orchidology. He is also co-author of "The Orchids of Tasmania" published by Melbourne University press.
Entrance to the 45 minute "Nature Walk" circuit is via the car park off the Railton Road. There are no public facilities or charges to visit the area.
Public interpretation walks are occasionally conducted during the prime orchid flowering months of October to December by arrangement with the Warden.


Central North Wildlife Care & Rescue Inc

Central North Wildlife Care & Rescue (CNWCR) is dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned and injured native animals back to the wild, supporting volunteer wildlife carers and raising awareness about wildlife issues...

Phone 0409 978 064 or visit

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