In the mid to late 19th Century, Latrobe, on the upper navigable reaches of the Mersey River just 10 minutes drive from Devonport, was a bustling port servicing mining and agricultural enterprises. Much of its past can still be seen today in the streetscapes of its CBD, 76 heritage-listed buildings, six of which are on the Register of the National Estate.
Experience the stories of Latrobe's pioneers and the sporting history of the town that played a major role in the birth of competitive wood chopping, the first woodchop was staged here. If you're in the area at Christmas you must visit the Boxing Day Latrobe Carnival, featuring woodchopping, athletics and the richest wheel race in Australia. It's the oldest of it's kind in the world.
Latrobe's attractions continue a little further afield. Bell's Parade, an attractive Mersey-side reserve is the venue for 'Henley on the Mersey', each Australia Day, a traditional family-oriented cultural festival. Bell's Parade is just one of the numerous platypus sites around Latrobe. Best viewing is at the Warrawee Forest Reserve.
Latrobe is a gourmet's delight and is home to one of Australia's highest rated restaurants. It is also a haven for chocoholics, who can spend the day indulging their passion within the Anvers chocolate factory from breakfast time through to late afternoon. Anvers is renowned for its range of premium chocolates, fudges and praline, and features a cafe, tastings and sales.