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Five Ways to Spend Easter With the Family on the Cradle Coast

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If you’re spending your Easter long weekend on the beautiful North West Coast there is always something to keep you entertained. Aside from exploring the beautiful natural scenery from mountains to the coast there are plenty of events and activities on. Here’s five ideas to add to your itinerary:

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Ghost Rock Vineyard hosts an annual Easter egg hunt! Photo: Food and Beverage Tasmania

Fun for the kids

What’s Easter without the thrill of hunting for chocolate eggs?

Ghost Rock Vineyard at Northdown is holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic on Saturday, March 31 from 11am-4pm. This year Clinton Hutton (from The Doctors Rocksters band) and friends will provide children’s entertainment, as well as some for the adults. There will be new egg hunt zones and food by The Brown Bear Eatery. Tickets are now on sale at Ghost Rock – adults $15, children $10 (2 and under free).
Guide Falls Farm, roughly 20 minutes from Burnie (and close to the stunning waterfall that gives the farm its name), is hosting its second Annual Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, April 1. With the first hunt starting at 10am and the last leaving at 2pm the hunt takes the children all around the farm and animal park following clues to find the next nest of eggs for them to collect. This format makes sure all children get the same amount of Cadbury and Red Tulip eggs. Easter Bunny will be there all day to meet the children, as well as a hay maze, Easter cookie making, games and more. Bookings are essential – get in touch via facebook messenger or email [email protected]

One Agency will host a free Easter Egg Hunt at Anzac Park in Somerset on Saturday, March 31, starting at 11am.

Kids in the Park is a free community event held annually on Easter Sunday in Burnie Park from noon to 4pm hosted by the Burnie City Council. Although the event has a musical stage program featuring local entertainment, the key emphasis of the event is participation. Children are invited to be creative and hands on – battling with foam swords in the battle castle, braving the slopes of the giant downhill slide, learning a fairy dance, making a glittery wand or hunting for Easter eggs.

International Muralfest in Sheffield

For the art lovers

Sheffield is renowned as the Town of Murals and you can wander the streets at any time of the year to take in the more than 60 large-scale artworks with the stunning Mount Roland in the distance. But to witness a unique art competition head to the town, about 30 minutes from Devonport, during the Easter weekend to see International Mural Fest in action.

Nine artists from around Australia and the world compete in a public ‘paint-off’ from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday. Each artist must complete a  2.1m x 4.8m mural using the same poem as their mural’s central theme and inspiration. This year’s theme is “Our Wonderful World” and some entrants will come from as far as France and the US.
The competition is conducted in Mural Park – Sheffield’s outdoor art gallery. Mural Fest tests artistic skill, endurance and tenacity: artists are subjected to public scrutiny, time constraints and sometimes unpredictable Tasmanian weather! The major prize is the $15,000 Tasmazia Award, as well as the $5000 World Of Marbles Highly Commended Award. Visitors who come to Mural Park can vote for their favourite artwork and the artist whose painting receives the most votes is awarded the $2000 Slaters Country Store Award.

Don River Railway, five minutes outside of Devonport. Photo: City of Devonport

Take a train ride

The Redwater Creek Railway at Sheffield has a steam train running on the first full weekend and third weekend of each month from 11am–4pm on the half hour through to the end of May. During Mural Fest it will be operating on Saturday, March 31 through to Sunday, April 8. You can order your lunch from the coffee shop and have it ready for you when you return from your train ride. The Sheffield Steam and Heritage Centre also includes a machinery museum and on Sundays of running weekends the Model Railway Club is open from 10am to 3pm. Their most recent attraction is the Miniature Railway, ask the centre if it’s running when you plan to come.

The Don River Railway, just a five-minute drive from Devonport, is one of Australia’s finest heritage passenger-carrying railways. Open every day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day) from 9am to 4.30pm, trains leave every hour on Wednesdays to Sundays and adults and children can enjoy around a 30-minute train ride along the picturesque banks of the Don River. You can also enjoy the park’s facilities including picnic areas with barbeques at Coles Beach and alongside the railway precinct.

The Julie Burgess. Photo: bassstraitmaritimecentre.com

Go sailing

The historic Julie Burgess resumed sailing recently following maintenance work. The last of the beautiful Burgess Family fishing ketches that plied the waters of Bass Strait and its islands, the ketch was purpose built to harvest the rich crayfish fields.

Volunteers have lovingly restored the ketch, so that you can relive the classic days of sailing in Bass Strait.  Two-hour sailings are $50 per person and are scheduled through to the end of June on Wednesdays and Sundays at 10am and 1pm subject to weather conditions and volunteer crew availability. Minimum numbers apply and passengers should contact the Bass Strait Maritime Centre for bookings and departure times. Phone 6424 7100 or email [email protected]

Sailings go out the mouth of the Mersey River into Bass Strait towards Don Heads and passing the Bluff precinct. Extended sailings are available on request.

The Julie Burgess can be viewed at her mooring at Reg Hope Park, East Devonport.  Weather permitting she is open for inspection on Saturday afternoons between 1.30 and 3.30pm for a gold coin donation.

Photo: MG Car Club of Tasmania

For the car lovers

Easter 2018 will see the MG Car Club of Tasmania hosting the MG National Meeting on the Central Coast from Friday, March 30, to Tuesday, April 3.  This is the first time in nearly 50 years that it is being held in a regional area.

On the Saturday they will be holding a Concourse d’ Elegance starting at 10 am at Anzac Park. Visitors are welcome to view a great line-up of cars at no charge.

Sunday is competition day with a Hill Climb at Oonah Road, Highclere, starting at 8.30am. Once again spectators are welcome.  For participants not doing the Hill Climb there is a Navigational Run starting at the Ulverstone sports stadium.

On Monday there will be a Motorkhana at the Penguin Sports Centre starting at 8am and again spectators are welcome. For those that are not competing, there will be a non-competitive social run enabling participants the opportunity to enjoy a casual drive, starting at the Ulverstone Sports Centre at 9am going via Sheffield finishing at Cradle Mountain for lunch returning via Wilmot.

So be prepared to see a lot of people with cars from interstate and as far away as China, the UK, and the USA around the Central Coast at Easter.

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