Heritage

Tasmania's Built Heritage in and around the Tamar Valley.

The Tamar Valley and its surrounds offers many fine examples of existing and restored heritage from its early European settlement, and below are just some examples of this.

George Town at the head of the East Tamar is the oldest town in Australia, being settled in 1804, albeit with a different name. The George Town heritage trail allows you to explore many early buildings together with a number of exhibits.

Nearby is Low Head where you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surrounds with very tangible connections back to 1807, with its maritime history. The Pilot Station is the oldest operating pilot station in Australia and the Tasmanian Heritage Icon awarded museum will allow you to explore the exciting story of the Station.

Fifteen minutes down the road is Mount Direction Signal Station which was part of the early semaphore communication line from George Town to Launceston. Even closer in Windermere is Saint Matthias Anglican Church built in 1843 and is one of Australia's oldest continually used churches. Another such church can be found across the river at Sidmouth where Auld Kirk Presbyterian Church offers regular services.

Two beautiful and fascinating colonial houses just south of the Valley are Franklin House and Clarendon House. Both houses were built in 1838 and are preserved magnificently with their original landscapes. Woolmers Estate which is recognised as one of the most outstanding examples of 19th Century rural settlement in Australia is found near Longford. Near-by is Brickendon which has been owned and farmed by the same family for over 170 years. Both of these properties are among 5 of the 11 convict sites in the World Heritage listing located in Tasmania. All these splendid built heritage sites are within 45 minutes easy driving of The River House.

All this and more (Evandale, Longford, Westbury....) are in addition to what Lauceston itself has to offer with its magnificent collection of heritage buildings and unique streetscapes, saved from the early days of Australia's third oldest settlement. You cannot do better than to follow Charles Wooley and Michael Tatlow's fascinating detailed story in their "A Walk in Old Launceston".