Ulverstone / Gunns Plains

History-lovers, revel in stories of the past as you uncover antique stores and the History Museum.

Leven Canyon

Ulverstone / Gunns Plains


The bustling seaside town of Ulverstone at the mouth of the Leven River is a laid-back getaway with abundant birdlife, family-friendly swimming beaches, coastal paths and scenic picnic spots.

Panoramic views of the town can be seen from the quirky zigzag gardens in Maud Street, and river cruises head 7 km upstream for lunch on the riverbank. There’s good fishing to be had in the river and estuary, too.

Ulverstone has an agricultural tradition that continues today. At the Ulverstone History Museum, you can step back in time and wander through a display of artefacts, manuscripts, tools and photographs depicting the life of the district’s early pioneers.

For the young and young-at-heart, the town’s water slide is a summer family favourite, as are the long sandy beaches directly east and west of town. There are also several cycleways and walking tracks that criss-cross the waterfront and surrounding parklands.

Inland from Ulverstone is Gunns Plains Cave, featuring fascinating stalactites and stalagmites, an underground creek and unique wildlife that includes the occasional giant freshwater crayfish.

Ulverstone is also a food and shopping hotspot with cafes that serve up great coffee and seasonal produce, galleries and craft stores that feature the work of local artisans, and a wealth of second-hand treasures at the many antiques stores and op shops. There are plenty of places to stay too, so it’s easy to get into the Ulverstone way of life.

Ulverstone is a 15-min drive (21 km) west of Devonport.

Local Tips

  • Shop in some great antiques stores or look for rare antiquarian books
  • Watch penguins walk up the beach each night at Lillico Beach, a coastal reserve and penguin colony near Ulverstone on the Bass Highway


Gunns Plains

Gunns Plains is a rich fertile area dotted with dairy farms, potato growing and beef cattle.

Flowing through the valley is the beautiful Leven River, renowned for its trout fishing and a great spot to canoe or kayak.

Nearby is the amazing Gunns Plains Cave; it’s wonderful limestone formations include calcite shawls and flowstones and it also has a glow-worm display. Tours are available daily.

You can also find Tasmania’s largest collection of wildlife at Wings Wildlife Park.

Local Tips

  • Take an easy walk to Preston Falls
  • Enjoy the exhilarating views from the lookout at Leven Canyon


Ulverstone Visitor Information Centre

13-15 Alexandra Road, Ulverstone TAS 7315
Tel: (03) 6425 2839
Fax: (03) 6425 5926
Email: info@coasttocanyon.com.au

Open: Daily 9am – 5pm (September – May). Open 10am – 4pm weekends and public holidays (June – August).

Closed: Christmas Day, Easter Good Friday and Anzac Day.

How To Get There


REDLINE COACHES. Tel: 1300 360 000

METRO BUSES. Tel: (03) 6233 4232

Road (self-drive)

From Devonport take the A1 Bass Highway.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Ulverstone to: Cradle Mountain – 76 km (1 hour), Stanley – 93 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 203 km (3 hours).


Ulverstone/Turners Beach/Forth/Hinterland

B&B’s, caravan and cabin parks, farm cottages and parks, hotels and motels, and self-contained apartments, units & cottages. Accommodation enquiries and bookings available at Visitor Information Centre.

Motor Homes & Designated Sullage Points

Victoria Street (northern end), Ulverstone.


Central Coast Council in partnership with the Central Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers a free public Wi-Fi service in the CBDs of Penguin and Ulverstone.

Red Grasshopper Pizza, Ellis Court, Reibey Street, Ulverstone. Tel: (03) 6425 3353.

Service Tasmania, 54-56 King Edward Street, Ulverstone. Tel: 1300 135 513.

Ulverstone Caravan Park, Water Street, Ulverstone. Tel: (03) 6425 2624.

Ulverstone Online Access Centre, 15 King Edward Street, Ulverstone. Tel: (03) 6425 7579.

Ulverstone Visitor Information Centre, 13-15 Alexandra Road, Ulverstone. Tel: (03) 6425 2839.

Banks & ATMs

ANZ Bank and ATM, 44 Reibey Street, Ulverstone.

Bass & Equitable, Ellis Court, Reibey Street, Ulverstone.

Bendigo Bank and ATM, 28a Reibey Street, Ulverstone.

Commonwealth Bank and ATM, 34 Reibey Street, Ulverstone.

Westpac Bank and ATM, Ellis Court, Reibey Street, Ulverstone.

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