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AR Experiences in Southern Tasmania

Explore the hidden world of Augmented Reality (AR) to see amazing creations and watch the past spring vividly to life. Did you know that there are more than 100 AR experiences currently in Tasmania? The bulk of these are located in the south, spread throughout different regions.

Explore the Augmented Tasmania experiences in Hobart, then head to the towns we’ve listed below for an exciting adventure with an enriching new layer. The app will send you push notifications when AR experiences are close by, so you’ll know where to look. Go with it and discover a fascinating virtual world!

To play, download the free Uist app via the Apple App Store or Google Play. The app is better suited to iPhone/iPad users (requires iOS 12.2 or later), but is also available on Android 5.0 and up.


The 19th century village of Richmond is just a half hour drive north from Hobart. The quaint Georgian town is known for its well-preserved streetscape and convict history, including the beautiful (and rumoured to be haunted) convict-built Richmond Bridge (c. 1823). Many historic buildings now operate as eateries and shops.

AR experiences:

  • From military base to historic town
  • Today’s farming lifeblood
  • A perennial valley of bounty
  • Divind a nation
  • A war without commemoration
  • The police state emerges
  • Reforming the unruly
  • A ladder of punishment
  • Surrounded by a sea of plenty
  • A life lived on the ladder of punishment
  • A risky river fording
  • Crafting the Richmond Bridge
  • A daily muster from the gaol
  • A viscous story written in the stone
  • A mysterious end
  • A bitter spirit beneath the bridge

New Norfolk

New Norfolk is a 35-minute drive northeast of Hobart in Tasmania’s beautiful Derwent Valley. The town was established in 1807 by evacuees from Norfolk Island after the prison was closed, and became a hub for hop-growing. One of Tasmania’s oldest settlements, the town’s interesting history includes a notorious asylum (now the Willow Court Historic Site). Today, New Norfolk is known for its riverside charm and great antique shopping.

AR experiences:

  • A settlement borne of necessity
  • Regatta Day Crowds
  • The Crowd Swells As The Rowers Stretch
  • Shattered: The finish line nears
  • Wharves heave with day trippers
  • Steam powered to New Norfolk
  • Coming alongside
  • Farewell from New Norfolk
  • A river for racing
  • Womens secure wing
  • Rooms and Recreation
  • The Barracks restored
  • Step Back in time
  • From the sky
  • The exercise yard
  • Willow Court today
  • Growing up at Willow Court


Brighton is just a half hour drive north from Hobart. The town developed as a small military post in the early 19th century, and was home to a major army camp in the 20th century.

AR experiences:

  • The Last Encampment
  • Australian Animals abroad
  • Training for War!
  • The War Effort
  • New Recruits
  • Modern Medicine
  • Mess Time!
  • Yesteryear shopping
  • Tasmania Burns
  • A place of refuge
  • FE8 Bi-Plane
  • Flying Fever
  • The Barracks from the air


The 19th century coaching town of Kempton is a 45-minute drive north from Hobart along the Heritage Highway. Today, visitors can wander the quaint township, delve into the region’s history at St Mary’s Church and adjacent cemetery, visit the Old Kempton Distillery at Dysart House (c. 1840s), and go antique shopping.

AR experiences:

  • An avenue of honour to remember the fallen
  • Try and try again…
  • A fateful letter foretells mysterious death
  • A landscape thousands of years in the creating
  • A skilled and tenacious resistance continues
  • A rum rebel settles in Kempton
  • An educated convict with a coin
  • A spectacular embezzler emerges into “Society”
  • A family empire begins business and prospers
  • Society and respectability is confirmed in Kempton
  • A business and a building dominates the passing trade


The historic town of Oatlands is around a 1-hour drive north from Hobart along the Heritage Highway. Oatlands boasts the greatest number of historic sandstone buildings in a village setting in the whole of Australia, with many now operating as charming shops and eateries (hello, pancakes and crepes).

AR experiences:

  • The Lake Frederick Inn
  • The original Oatlands Hotel
  • The Stables
  • A distant church steeple
  • The Government’s Commissariat store
  • Drake and Doughty Dispensary
  • The Commandant’s house
  • In irons and in winter
  • A makeover to define Oatlands’ future
  • The Court comes to order
  • After the bench’s final sitting
  • Van Diemen’s Land: an allurement to vice
  • A building to dominate the township and its inmates
  • Freedom! Many plotted, some succeeded
  • The launch into eternity
  • The inevitable fate draws closer
  • An executioner’s hood is lifted
  • Executed at Oatlands Gaol
  • A gaol of monotony
  • The final roll call rings out

The Huon Valley

The rolling hills, sprawling orchards, and quaint cider houses of the Huon Valley can be reached via a half hour drive from Hobart. Further south at Geeveston, search for the elusive platypus on the Geeveston Platypus Walk by Heritage Park. Don’t worry if you don’t spot one, simply head to the Geeveston Visitor Centre and watch the AR platypus show off!

AR experiences:

To see what’s on in Southern Tasmania, browse our list of upcoming events.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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Header image:
A real Huon Valley platypus by @lisak_pics/Instagram

Isabel Galloway

For more great events in southern Tasmania, be sure to visit our Events page.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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