*Click on the headings below to explore the Outdoor Adventures in the region.
Three Sisters & Goat Island
Cross at low tide to a nature reserve, to see Goat Island's marine life and birds. Take a rod and throw a line into the 'fish trap', discover shallow caves, and look for clues to the history of the reserve.
Nearby, a cluster of small islands known as the Three Sisters are bird sanctuaries.
Coast to Canyon has many long beaches ideal for gentle walks, fossicking, swimming and surfing. They include beaches at Ulverstone, Penguin and Preservation Bay.
Dial Range Reserve
Near the coast, forming a backdrop to the town of Penguin, the Dial Range offers a Mecca of walking experiences. This chain of mountains and valleys was given its name because the silhouette of one of its summits, the Gnomon, resembles an ancient sun-dial.
With access via Ironcliffe Road, the Range has more than 50km of trail, providing opportunities for short walks or longer treks, depending on bushwalking experience. Short walks include Ferndene (30 mins return), Tall Trees (45 mins), Mount Montgomery (2 hrs), Leven River (40-60 mins) and Mount Gnomon (2 hrs).
For information on bushwalking experiences, write to the North West Walking Club, PO Box 107, Ulverstone 7315 or visit the website http://www.nwwc.org.au.
Black Bluff and Winterbrook Falls
For the more energetic, try Black Bluff (6-7 hrs return) or Winterbrook Falls (4 hrs). Smiths Plains Road, Nietta, bushwalk through dense rainforest, comprising King Billy pines over 2000 years old, to Winterbrook Falls cascading 200m off Black Bluff to the rainforest below.
The falls are spectacular after heavy rain and when snows are melting, but are hardly visible during hot summer weather. This does not reduce their appeal, as the walking is attractive all year round. The return walk, with lunch stop takes between four and five hours.
Dooley's Track was originally carved out by the surveyor James Dooley in the 1850s. The track was built to provide a supply route for packhorses servicing the mining interests along the river and through to Gads Hill.
Follow in the footsteps of these pioneers and explore the wonderful riparian environment along the Wilmot River. Dooley's Track leaves the Alma Reserve along Jamiesons Road. Note: Access to State Forest is via the Crown Road Reserve, which passes through private land.
Please ensure that the privacy of landholders is respected and keep to the walking track as marked. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash whilst passing through private property.
History & Lifestyle Walks
Collect a 'Discover Ulverstone on Foot' brochure from the Ulverstone History Museum, or take a stroll through Ulverstone's beautiful war-memorial parklands located along the banks of the Leven River.
Follow the 'Stories of Ulverstone' walk, exploring the maritime and rural history of Ulverstone. Or stroll the banks of the Leven River and along the beachfront, on a walkway and cycleway through Fairway Park, returning via the Ulverstone History Museum.
The museum, in Main St, has re-creations of a blacksmith and wheelwright, general store, schoolhouse and railway station. (Open Daily from 1.30-4.30 pm - Research Library open Tues, Thur & Sat 1.30 - 4.30 pm - subject to volunteers).
Discover the amazing story of one man and his passion to create the kilometre-long coastal Perry-Ling Gardens. The gardens are a blaze of colour in spring but will dazzle you year round with the range of plants growing in coastal conditions.
Enjoy a walk through peaceful Hiscutt Park and see Dutch windmills, before meandering to the old railway station, the home of Penguin History Group. See historic photos and find out more about local families and their history. (Open Wednesdays 10 am-12.30 pm or by appointment).
Stories of Ulverstone Town Walk
If you've an hour to spare, do the 'Stories of Ulverstone' walk. Six story boards located in and near Reibey Street give some fascinating snippets on the history of Ulverstone.
The first story board can be found at the top end of the street at the podium opposite the Shrine of Remembrance clock-tower and gives an account of the Shrine's construction.
The second story board is on the wall of Elders Real Estate, located on the southern side of Reibey Street in its middle block, and explains the naming of the local streets.
The third story board is just an intersection away on the wall of Furner's Hotel. Here you'll discover a good yarn or two about 'Shires the Snake Charmer' and 'Money Flowing in the Gutters.'
Continue down the bottom block and around the corner into Kings Parade. Midway along the Parade is a crossing leading to the Boer War Memorial overlooking Queen's Gardens. Follow the pathway down the Gardens and across into Anzac Park. From here enjoy a pleasant stroll by the river, under the bridge and along to the wharf where you'll see Pedro's 'The Restaurant' and the location for the fourth story board. It bears the history of the Ulverstone Port and recounts the time there was a 'Whale in the Leven'.
Retrace your steps back to Reibey Street, crossing the street at the first pedestrian crossing, to continue this time on its northern side to Apex Park and the fifth story board.
The board introduces the Park and its many features. For the sixth and final story board, continue up to the middle block to the Ulverstone Newsagency where outside its door you can admire some wonderful photographs of Reibey Street from the early 1900s.
All in all, this walk makes for a very interesting journey through history.
Approximately 60m of fibreglass chute ending in a warm pool. Open during the summer school holidays. Private bookings available. Beach Road, Ulverstone, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 6425 6252.
Ulverstone Miniature Railway
Ride the model railway with three esparate track gauges and three separate track layouts. Located 2km east of Ulverstone, it operates every third Sunday of the month from 10.30am to 4pm, and during January, February and March every first Sunday as well. Maskells Road, Ulverstone, phone 03 6425 3675.
Hire a pedal buggy or hop on your own bike to enjoy easy cycling along Ulverstone's waterfront cycleway, which follows the Leven River and the coastline.
Cycling is also a great way to explore the seaside town of Penguin or the picturesque, quiet coastal road that hugs a string of peaceful bays between Ulverstone and Penguin.
Ulverstone Pedal Buggies Hire & Sale
Fun and entertaining for all ages, pedal buggies are easy to ride. Hire single person buggies to family buggies, with baby seats and trailers that can be added. Open school holidays and most public holidays from 10am to 4.30pm or by appointment. The Beach Hut, 2 Beach Road, Ulverstone, phone 03 6425 9387.
There's a good chance you'll catch a trout for dinner in the many freshwater rivers and streams around here.
The breakwall on the eastern side of the Leven River estuary is a popular fishing spot and you can catch wrasse, cod, couta and salmon on the incoming tide.
For tips about the best fishing spots, ask a local or contact the Ulverstone or Penguin Visitor Information Centres.
Ulverstone Golf Club
Rated one of the top 100 courses in Australia, Ulverstone Golf Club's 18-hole, par-72 championship course hosts many State and national competitions.
In picturesque surroundings, it's a challenging course, with plenty of trees and undulating fairways to test your ability. It is open daily. A greens fee applies. Clubs are available for hire.
Penguin Public Golf Course
A 9-hole public facility, Penguin Golf Course is bunker-free - but watch out for the many creeks running through it! The par-71 course features a par-3, 120m 7th / 16th holte that is virtually surrounded by water.
The green is in the middle of a lake and has the magnificent Dial Range as a backdrop. A daily fee applies, or you can take advantage of a five-week holiday playing package.
Situated on the Wilmot Road, 2 km from Forth is the Driving Range. Practice your golf and win prizes for hitting targets. Phone (03) 6428 3262. Visit www.targetgolf.com.au.