Gunns Plains, Tasmania

Gunns Plains is a small town located 20 km south of Ulverstone on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Gunns Plains
Gunns Plains
Coordinates41°17′S 146°3′E
Population171 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Central Coast Council
State electorate(s)Braddon
Federal Division(s)Braddon

The valley has a population of approximately 171.[1] The Leven River winds slowly through its pastures that support a variety of grazing stock. Agricultural endeavours are also very successful, benefiting from rich red volcanic soil. The town was named after botanist Ronald Campbell Gunn, who discovered the valley in 1860.[2]

The community was involved in significant number of men going to the First World War.[3]

The valley has one vineyard that produces Pinot and Chardonnay. It closed recently due to financial struggles.

The main attractions of Gunns Plains are the limestone caves, of which over one hundred and fifty have been discovered.[4] The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service administers Gunns Plains Cave, which is open to the public with daily tours.

An attraction in the area is the wildlife park which has local animals as well as animals from overseas.[5]

Its Post Office opened on 3 April 1900 and closed in 1974.[6]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gunns Plains (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  2. "Gunns Plains tribute to Ronald Gunn - 05/04/2010". ABC Rural. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. Hyland, Raymond John, (compiler.); Gunns Plains Community Centre Association (issuing body.) (2014), Gunns Plains honour roll : World War 1 centenary 1914–2014, Cooee, Tasmania [Gunns Plains Community Centre Association], retrieved 2 April 2016CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Kiernan, K (1995), Gunns Plains, Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association (ACKMA), retrieved 2 April 2016
  5. Wings Wildlife Park
  6. Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.

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