Here’s a little town with plenty of heart and history. Settled by a boatload of Scottish pioneers back in 1822, Bothwell is one of the country’s first inland settlements. The Scots who arrived on the River Clyde in the central highlands set up a few important things first. This means, in an hours’ drive from Hobart you can be swinging a hickory golf club on Australia’s oldest course.
Ratho Links Golf Course is one of several surprises Bothwell has tucked up its sleeve. At Ratho Farm you can stay in convict-built cottages and cast for a brown trout just beyond your front door. Enjoy a tipple in the highland lounge and just up the road, explore Nant Estate (circa 1821). The Nant Distilling Company produces internationally-sought Single Malt Whisky and is well worth a visit and tour of the estate.
Wander Bothwell Village and you’ll find a post office that opened in 1832, more than 50 heritage-listed buildings and Queens Park, a beautiful village green. Pop into the Australasian Golf Museum too, just near Queens Park, for a dose of golfing history and to learn about some Tassie greats of the game.
The area is well known for its fly fishing and provides an ideal launch pad to explore the central highland lake country. Prime river fishing for brown trout, game hunting and un-crowded lakes wait for you. Bothwell is also within easy driving distance of historic Oatlands, Ross and vineyards of the Derwent Valley.
Highlights not to miss