Travelling up the Midland Highway between Hobart and Launceston may only take you a couple of hours. But we have a better idea; take your time, and discover why 200 years on, there’s still plenty of ways to get held up on the Heritage Highway, and there’s not a bushranger in sight!
You’ll love travelling the countryside between our villages and towns, taking in the rolling hills, vast paddocks and stunning views of distant mountains. The sky is amazing, the colours and light change throughout the day and our night skies are spectacular.
Visit some of Tasmania’s finest rural estates, including World Heritage Listed Convict sites, wander a rose garden of over 5,000 blooms; poke about the archaeological site of a female convict prison; discover the legend behind the intricate carvings on the stunning historic Ross Bridge; take a tour to the very top inside a working historic flour mill as the majestic blades catch the wind; admire a gorgeous Red Bridge (watch out for the ducks!); visit museums and learn the stories of the amazing people, places and events that helped to shape Tasmania.
You’ll love our shopping! Antiques, books, art, craft, markets, quirky stores, and boutiques. Fulfil your adventurous spirit with fishing, rock climbing, cycling and mountain biking, walking, hiking, skiing. There are festivals, celebrations, performances and events along the entire region throughout the year. When you get hungry there are all kinds of choices, from lollies to fancy meals and everything in between.
The role of convicts in shaping the landscape and social fabric of Tasmania’s Heritage Highway region is a story of hardship and survival. More than 90% of the convicts to Van Diemen’s Land were part of the Assignment system. Toiling on farms and in domestic situations, road gangs and other government infrastructure projects, the labour and many highly skilled trades of the assigned convicts was a cheap workforce that enabled many landowners to build grand estates and prosper, as well as the roads and bridges that opened up the interior of Tasmania. Theirs is a lasting legacy.
The Heritage Highway region covers a large part of Tasmania’s midlands. Explore the North and South of the Heritage Highway by following the links below.