About Midlands & Heritage Highway
The Tasmanian Midlands and Heritage Highway is a scenic area of rich farming country with beautiful green rolling hills, home to sheep famous worldwide for their superfine wool. The other rural activities in the midlands region include cattle and poppy fields.
As you follow the Heritage Highway through the midlands you will pass hawthorn hedges and winding rivers in the distance are beautiful mountain ranges which are snowcapped in winter.
As you tour this region make sure you allow time to stop and visit the historic villages, and take in the metal sculptures along the roadside that depict the bushrangers, convicts and colonial settlers for helped to sculpt this region. There are numerous side roads that to villages and provide visitors a variety of accommodation.
The original Heritage highway, originally constructed by convicts, today takes you from Launceston and Hobart in about two and a half hours.
Places to visit along the Heritage Highway
Campania is located in the Coal River Valley, on land that was previously part of James Brock's Campania Estate.
Campbell Town is famous for its fine wool and beef production. Originally in the 1820's it was one of the chain of garrison stations between Launceston and Hobart.
Coal River Valley
The Coal River Valley is one of Tasmania's most diverse, productive, agricultural areas in Tasmania. During the 1820s this area provided Sydney in NSW with essential food supplies.
Colebrook was originally called Jerusalem and was developed around a convict probation station in the 1840s.
Jericho is located on the banks of the Jordan River and was named after the biblical town of Jericho in 1807. The area around Jericho is known for its rich grazing land.
Kempton, once known as Kemp Town, was named after Anthony Fenn Kemp, who was the first settler to receive a land grant in this area.
Oatlands is famous for having the largest collection of Georgian sandstone buildings in Australia. Read more about Oatlands and find Oatlands accommodation
Tunbridge was originally named Tunbridge Wells after the English spa town.It was an important coach stop between Hobart and Launceston.
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