Northern Midlands

Evandale, 20km from Launceston, was laid out in 1836 and has retained its village atmosphere with beautifully proportioned buildings and a streetscape that has remained virtually unchanged since last century.

The historic towns of Westbury and Longford are also within an easy 20 minutes drive from Launceston. The focal point of Westbury is its Village Green - a shady, peaceful oasis off the main Bass Highway that is perfect for a picnic. Westbury is on the way to Deloraine, a small town straddling the banks of the Meander River and a pretty stopover for morning tea or lunch on the way to the North West Coast, or as a base to explore the Central Highlands and the foothills close by. The neighbouring towns of Cressy and Perth echo their English and Irish ancestry, with rich pastures. Poatina is situated at the foot of the Great Western Tiers, on the way to Arthur's and Great Lakes.

Heading south… towards Hobart, first Campbell Town, then Ross, tempt the traveller to stop and wander the peaceful streets for a while. They are at the centre of some of the best sheep country in Australia.

The pride of historic Ross is its bridge, one of Australia’s finest monuments constructed on the orders of Governor Arthur and designed by early colonial architect John Lee Archer. The arches of the bridge contain 184 stones depicting Celtic symbols interspersed with images of notable local personalities and carvings of animals - all completed by convict sculptors Daniel Herbert & James Colbech.