ULVERSTONE

Ulverstone is now a by-pass town and may not be encounted. Ulverstone lies between Devonport and Burnie and is a coastal town of substance. At the 2006 census, Ulverstone had a population of 9,760. Making it the state's largest town

The present-day town area was first settled by Europeans in 1848, when Andrew Risby, his wife Louisa and their five young children arrived to settle and develop farmland from, essentially, a thickly forested wilderness.

The name Ulverstone is first known to have been used in 1854 when Hugh Ross McKay opened the Ulverstone store. It is named after Ulverston in England and which also sits at the estuary of a river called Leven. n.b. Ulverston, U.K. was spelled Ulverstone until late in the 19th Century

Ulverstone grew quite quickly during the 1890s. There is rich farming land in this part of Tasmania, which makes it attractive and prosperous, and this stretch of the coast attracts increasing numbers of retirees.

The town is a mix of the modern, old and traditional. Heritage does not feature strongly. The hotels characterize this assumption.

The congregational churches with the exception of the old Presbyterian are a cross between ugly and unmemorable.

Ulverstone though quite rightly is a ‘war memorial and cenotaph’ town. These include the famous clock and the ANZAC Gardens.

The Ulversrtone Museum and heritage centre is a somewhat contradiction within the town. That said this is a great museum and gives a good insight into the early history.

Given the delightful seaside attraction an overnight is recommended.

 

 

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course