Kempton

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Kempton

This colonial town is the type of place you might spot a horse trotting down the main street. You’ll have to hop off the Heritage Highway to visit Kempton, now that the 1820s village is bypassed, but it is worth exploring. With elegant 19th century buildings and rolling hills as its backdrop, Kempton appears like a little town trapped in time.

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Oatlands

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Oatlands

Roll into Oatlands and you’ll notice plenty of old buildings – in fact the largest collection of historic sandstone buildings in Australia. Take a wander down the main street and you’ll be counting them on more than one hand. There are 87 along the main Georgian streetscape with a further 150 in total across the town.

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Pontville

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Pontville

Sitting on a hill overlooking the Jordon River, this settlement could easily be missed by those unaware of the historical treasures it holds. Pontville is about a 30 minute drive north of Hobart along the Heritage Highway.

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Brighton

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Brighton

Situated between Bridgewater and Pontville on the Midlands Highway, you’ll find Brighton. Historically a military outpost, visitors can expect old world Georgian architecture scattered around the area. The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is not to be missed.

Ross

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Ross

Further north is the timeless village of Ross with its main street lined with huge English elms. Visit the famous Ross Bridge built by convicts in 1836 and the nearby ruins of the female prison. The bridge features 186 intricate colonial carvings, some of which are caricatures of local personalities of the day, such as the then governor, George Arthur.

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Campbell Town

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Campbell Town

Just 10 minutes away is Campbell Town, the historic heart of Tasmania with more than 100 houses over 100 years old. Lunch at one of the many eateries in town or picnic by the banks of the Elizabeth River or stay overnight in Campbell Town.

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Longford

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Longford

20 kilometres south of Launceston is Longford, a centre for the local farming district and home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict sites Brickendon and Woolmers Estate. Other highlights are self-guided walking tours and fishing.

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Evandale

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Evandale

 

One of the best-preserved historic towns in Australia, Evandale known for its 19th century buildings and relatively untouched streetscape, with some buildings dating back to 1809.

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