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About Oatlands

The beautiful, historic village of Oatlands is located about 80 km north of Hobart and 115 km south of Launceston on the Heritage Highway in Tasmania's midlands region.

First discovered by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1811, it was not until the 1820's until Macquarie returned and named the location of the new town 'Oatlands'. The name Oatlands referred to a rich grain region of Governor Macquarie's homeland, Scotland.

Then in 1821 when Governor Macquarie decided to establish a road, to become the Heritage Highway from George Town to Hobart. At the time of construction a number of military posts were established along the way and one such site was established at Oatlands.

Today Oatlands is famous for having the largest number of original Georgian buildings in Australia.

Places to visit in Oatlands

Callington Mill
Callington Mill is one of Oatlands major attractions. It is an Old Mill Lane built in 1836 by John Vincent. The mill passed through several owners during its working life and was extended along the way to make it more productive. The mill operated until 1892, in 1909 a storm blew the sails away and in 1912 it was gutted by fire. Today it has been fully restored to its full working glory.

Court House
The Oatlands Court House can be found on the corner of Campbell Street and The Esplanade, and it is the oldest building in Oatlands, built by convict labour in 1829. It is a wonderful example of Georgian architecture.

Topiary Trail
Some what reminiscent of the movie Edward Scissor hands the magnificent topiaries were designed by Tasmanian sculptor Stephen Walker and carved by a local resident. You will find the topiaries in several locations along the streets of Oatlands, including the corner of High St and Barrack St, alongside the lake on the Esplanade, and in the park at the corner of High St and Church St. The oldest topiary is the emu found on the corner of High St and Gay St.

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