Kempton is a 40 minute drive north of Hobart in Tasmania’s Southern Midlands. There’s a reason that this quaint town’s Heritage Highway Silhouette Trail sculpture is a stage coach. After settlement in the 1820s, the town became a busy coaching stop for hungry travellers (and their weary horses). With plenty of colonial charm left today, here are four reasons to make like a 19th century traveller and stop at Kempton.
Tour, taste and relax at Redlands Distillery
Dysart House is a grand coaching inn built in the 1840s by convict embezzler turned-innkeeper William Ellis. It’s now home to Redlands Distillery, who have beautifully restored the historic building honouring its colonial character. Kick back in the whisky tastings rooms, and let the country style kitchen satisfy your hunger. With the horses evicted from the convict brick stables, Redlands’ Tasmanian-made copper still has pride of place. Tours run daily.
For more info, see: Redlands Distillery & Cellar Door
Wander the charming streets and do some shopping
Soak up the village atmosphere and go for a stroll along the main street. Browse the antique and second hand book stores, have a stickybeak at the charming coaching inns, take in elegant St. Mary’s Church of England, and pop into the hearty country pub for an ale. History enthusiasts, let your imagination wander with stories of Kempton’s earlier days at the town cemetery.
Grab some tucker at the town watering hole
What a sight for sore eyes the historic Wilmot Arms Hotel would have been for weary travellers back in the day! The hotel was built in 1843, so make sure to have a gander at its colonial style as you wander past. Refuel with some pub grub at the Huntington Tavern on Kempton’s main street. Not too shabby!
Check out the adorable “Blue Place”
You can’t miss the community hall – it’s painted bright blue! The building itself is the old Presbyterian Church, which was built in 1886. There’s a country market held here on the third Sunday of each month from 10am – 3pm. Over the road, you can find the war memorial and the remnants of the Green Ponds Probation Station.
How cute is this little blue church!? 💙⛪️ Known as “The Blue Place”, this charming little weatherboard church is the old Presbyterian Church in Kempton in the @midlandstasmania, @hobartandbeyond. The church was built in 1886 on land donated by James Hadden, whose mother Jane had been a Presbyterian convict transported from Scotland. It has been recently restored and is now used as the community hall. I’m not normally a church person myself, but when @tassiegrammer and I drove past this church on our way to visit @redlandsestate, I had to get out and have a look. It’s so pretty, like a life sized dolls house 😍 #hobartandbeyond #midlandstasmania #discovertasmania @tasmania #heritagehighway #tasmania #seeaustralia #roadtrip #church #churches #church_masters #kempton
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