Heritage Highway 3 Day Journeys
As you leave Hobart heading north, at Brighton take a short detour to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see Tasmanian devils, wombats and other wildlife and learn about their rehabilitation program. Back on to the main road it’s not far to Shene Historic Estate, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture open for tours. Convict built and linked to George III it is a must see.
In Oatlands you will find the largest collection of colonial sandstone buildings in a village environment in Australia, many built by convict labour. Unique landmarks in Oatlands include Callington Mill – Australia’s third oldest windmill – and St Paul’s Church. Also don’t miss the opportunity to visit Casaveen woollen mills where fine merino knitwear is produced for distribution to fashion houses around the world.
Continuing north look for the convict built bridge at Tunbridge, dating back to 1848 it is the oldest wooden span bridge in Australia. The old coaching inn is also still standing but now as a private residence.
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. 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. Stay overnight in Campbell Town.
Just north of Campbell Town be sure to visit the two World Heritage Listed estates of Brickendon and Woolmers. Brickendon remains a working farm continuously owned and managed by the same family for almost two centuries. Woolmers is a fascinating time capsule of colonial life. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds, outbuildings and entry into National Rose Garden, with over 500 roses.
Between Longford and Launceston there are a number of historic villages and towns. Depart the main highway to visit Clarendon House and continue on to Perth a charming village with antiques stores, galleries and tea rooms. Wine lovers can visit the Josef Chromy Winery, set in magnificent rolling countryside, for a tasting and cellar doors sales before entering the city of Launceston.
Visit www.heritagehighway.com.au to see more about the Heritage Highway or here for a very detailed look at your itinerary options.