Picturesque Bell’s Parade is situated on the Latrobe inlet of the Mersey River. It is named after Robert Bell, who with his half brother Henry Bentinck constructed a wharf and a store on the site in 1855.
From the 1880s it was the main port on the river, becoming northern Tasmania’s second major trading port for a period.
Old English trees on the Parade add visual splendour to the tranquillity and the barbecue facilities make it an ideal location for a picnic. It is also a popular spot during the warmer months for wedding ceremonies and photo opportunities. The history of the area is beautifully depicted on sculptures by Tasmanian artist Stephen Walker, and located at Bell’s Parade in an area known as ‘Settlers Wharf’.
The ‘Henley-On-The-Mersey’ carnival is held at Bell’s Parade annually on Australia Day, 26 January and has been a major social and sporting event for in excess of 85 years.