The Annual Doll, Bear and Miniature Extravaganza 2017 – Ulverstone Tasmania

As we are a small state we don’t have as many doll shows in Tasmania as on what we Tasmanian’s like to refer to as “The Mainland”. That is a shame because doll shows are such a great opportunity to meet other collectors and often to buy goodies in person rather than online. They are also a great opportunity to introduce new people to our hobby.

The Ulverstone Lions Club is presenting The Annual Doll, Bear and Miniature Extravaganza later this month. It is one of the biggest shows in the north of Tasmania. It’s been many years since I was able to go to it. My first visit was actually around 1999 or 2000 when David and I were visiting Tasmania to check out places we might like to live. The show happened to be on when we were in Ulverstone so of course I had to go.

I bought a lovely cloth doll called Molly, made by a local lady and three Metti Bindi’s. I was so excited!

Metti Bindi
Metti Bindi bought in Ulverstone at the doll show around 2000.







I thought I would give the show a shout out as they don’t have a web page or Facebook page and it would be a shame if people missed out on going because they didn’t know about it.

The Show will be held over the weekend of the 29th – 30th of July at the Ulverstone Rowing Club, Kings Parade Ulverstone.  It will be open between 10am and 4pm Saturday and 10am to 3pm Sunday. Admission will be $5 for adults and children are admitted free so you can bring the family for a cheap day out.

This year proceeds from the show will be donated to Youth In Need.

So what will be at the show?

The organisers tell me that there will be plenty to see and buy including:

  • Lots of dolls including Reborns
  • Dolls clothes and accessories
  • Bears
  • Bear making supplies
  • Handmade and imported dolls house miniatures
  • Soft toys of all kinds knitted, crocheted or hand sewn.

Refreshments will be available on site as well.

Ulverstone is on the northwest coast of Tasmania 21 km west of Devonport and it is one of my favourite Tasmanian towns.

One of the non-doll related things I liked in Ulverstone is the HMAS Shropshire Memorial Park.  It is a very pleasant park for a picnic  or BBQ with naval monuments adding historical interest to the park. Perhaps a good place for family members who are not so interested in dolls to spend an hour. There is also an Airforce Park in Ulverstone so it is a good town for the photographer and history buff.

The town clock, Ulverstone Tasmania
The town clock, Ulverstone Tasmania

So if you live in Tasmania or plan to be in Tasmania at the end of July consider paying a visit to Ulverstone and the doll show. You won’t be sorry. You will find contact details on the flyer included below if you would like further information about the show.

The doll show flyer


  1. How exciting for you! Wish I could go! Maybe one day if I were to win Publishers Clearinghouse! Wish the media would pick up on this Jem, sounds Amazing! ( A one stop shop)! Have fun and take loads of pictures!


    • Sadly I don’t think I will be able to go this year as I live too far away. I would have to put my dog in kennels and arrange transport and accomodation for the weekend. Sometimes I regret not being able to drive.


      • I think it’s my week end off. Maybe I will try to go even though it’s a fair way from Oatlands as well. Could take me three hours to get there from home. I would have to be on the road early. Never mind though because once we live in the north it will no longer be an issue.

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