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DISTANCES: Hobart 70Km, Hamilton 20Km

Nestling in the foothills of the famous Mt Field National Park is the small picturesque village of Ellendale. The area was originally known as Monto’s Marsh. It was first settled by James Clark, who lived until he was 100 years old. He is buried at the town’s pretty Anglican Church; St Andrew’s (1889). In the early part of this century, the village was something of a tourist resort, catering for visitors to the nearby Russell Falls. Later it became a centre for the growing of hops and small fruits. While it still boasts the largest hop kiln in the southern hemisphere, the industry came to an end in the 1970s.

The area offers excellent stream and lake trout fishing and bushwalking. Accommodation is available in beautifully restored hopfield and farm cottages.