As you browse the site, add accommodation, tours, events and attractions to your personalised trip by clicking the heart icon. When you’re done, click the heart icon in the menu at the top of the website to view your wishlist.

Review your list, remove any items you no longer need, then select “View your itinerary” to see your trip on a map, or send it to a friend.

The Oatlands Key: Access the Historic Military Precinct

The Southern Midlands Council, with the assistance of the Tasmanian Community Fund, have recently implemented the Oatlands Key. This exciting new initiative opens the historic Oatlands Military Precinct to the public. It is probably the closest you’ll come to being handed the key to a city!

What does the key unlock?

The Oatlands key allows people to unlock three fascinating historic buildings via an electronic card reader. The 7-day per week public access system enables locals and visitors to take a self-guided tour of the Oatlands Gaoler’s Residence, the Supreme Court House, and the Oatlands Commissariat. A map is provided to help visitors navigate the short distance between the buildings.

Oatlands Key
Image: @_lost_wandering_/Instagram

Where can I find the key?

Collect the fob key from any participating business in High Street displaying the key logo. You will need to register and leave a deposit, which is fully refundable upon return.

Oatlands Key
Image: @_lost_wandering_/Instagram

What is there to see?

Step inside and imagine the people who lived, worked, and had their futures decided here in the 1800s—right where you are standing today! Admire the beautiful restoration work and view the archeological and heritage collection items on display. Read the information panels and learn about the rich history of the site and the colourful characters who inhabited it. It was certainly a different time.

Oatlands Gaoler's Residence
Image: @no_visible_means/Instagram

Other self-guided activities for history enthusiasts

The ‘Welcome to Oatlands’ visitor brochure includes a self-guided walking tour of the town, focusing on High Street and the history of key buildings. Keep an eye out for informative signs around Oatlands, telling tales of the past. Purchase Stories from the Sandstone to learn more about the town’s beginnings as a military base and stagecoach depot. Visit the Oatlands District Historical Society’s Museum to view memorabilia, discover interpretative displays, and research your family’s history.

Image: @denisesmith41w/Instagram

Take a walk around adjacent Lake Dulverton (this handy guide details points of interest).

People of all ages will love Oatlands’ quirky Topiary Trail. Try your luck solving a true crime committed in Oatlands in the 1830s with a game of Skulduggery. Outside town, discover the Shadows of the Past Silhouette Trail on the drive between Kempton and Tunbridge.

Topiary Trail, Oatlands
Image: @alifelesscity/Instagram

Eat & drink

All that exploring is sure to work up an appetite! The Pancake & Crepe Shop is a family favourite nestled amongst the charming Georgian sandstone buildings. This cosy eatery offers pancakes, crepes, light lunches, homemade slices, sweets, and Devonshire tea, as well as dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

Other great options include the Kentish Hotel TKO Bakery Café, the Wooden Spoon Café, Fiesty Hen Café & Pantry, the Oatlands Roadhouse Takeaway, Sticky Fingers Café, and the Oatlands RSL (evening meals from 6pm – 8pm, Wednesday to Saturday).

The Pancake & Crepe Shop, Oatlands
Image supplied by The Pancake & Crepe Shop


There is some beautifully restored heritage accommodation available in Oatlands, including: Oatlands Manor (c. 1854), Elm Cottage Barn (c. 1837), Robinson Cottage (c. 1837), 101 High Street (c. 1830s), Oatlands Retreat, Oatlands Lodge, and Blossoms Cottage.

Oatlands Manor
Image: @winnie_peiying/Instagram

To see what’s on, check out our Events Calendar.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Tag @MidlandsTasmania and use @MidlandsTasmania or #HeritageHighway and we’ll share our favourite photos on @MidlandsTasmania, Facebook, and in our Blog.

Related posts:
9 Things to Do at Lake Dulverton
10 Things to Do in the Heritage Village of Ross
Colonial Charm: 10 Tips for Exploring Oatlands
Step Back in Time at These 5 Colonial Estates
Coaching Town: 9 Things to Do in Kempton
Discover Real Life Adventure at the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary

Header image:
Oatlands Gaol | @_lost_wandering_/Instagram

Isabel Galloway

For more great events in the Heritage Highway, be sure to visit our Events page.

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

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