Oatlands

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DISTANCES: Launceston 117Km, Hobart 84Km

CLASSIFIED HISTORIC TOWN

Oatlands has the largest collection of sandstone buildings in a village situation in Australia. Eighty-seven sandstone buildings are located in the main street (High Street) which retains the character of a 19th century town. A total of 138 sandstone buildings are found within the town boundary, this number includes buildings with sandstone additions added at a later date. The town also features many dry fieldstone walls.

Against the background of historic buildings a real hands-on colonial experience can be had, with colonial accommodation, historic tea rooms, antique shops located in colonial buildings, plus guided or self-guided historic walks.

Established as a military garrison in 1827, Oatlands still has the following surviving buildings from the military era; Court House (1829), gaol building (1835), Commissariats store and watch house (1830s) and Officer’s quarters (1830s). Callington Mill (1837) is the third oldest windmill in Australia and one of four windmills that have survived the windmill era in Australia.

The northern end of High street contains a unique row of old colonial cottages dating from the late 1830s. Three restored churches are St Peter’s Church of England (1838), St Paul’s Catholic Church (1850) and the Campbell Memorial Church (1859). At night the churches are floodlit, as are the imposing Council Chambers, Callington Mill and the Court House.

A feature of Oatlands is the descriptive plaques on many of the historic buildings that guide the visitor on an easy walk through history. Watch on the Heritage Highway for topiaries and the ‘shadows of the past’ silhouettes.

The Heritage Highway Centre is located at “The Stables”, 85 High St. Oatlands and can assist with state-wide bookings and information Phone (03) 6254 1212.

ACCOMMODATION

Bed & Breakfast, self contained country hotel.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO

Ghost and convict tours nightly, Callington Mill, crafts and antiques.

RECREATION

Golf - a 9-hole course winds around Lake Dulverton, public swimming pool, barbecue facilities near Lake Dulverton.