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Historic St Lukes Church
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
Historic "Fox Hunters Return Inn"
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
Historic "Grange" residence
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
Historic Catholic church
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
Art Deco town hall
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
Historic Uniting church
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
Historic school & residence
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
St Andrews Inn of Cleveland
Campbell Town
Midlands Region
Historic manor house in Cleveland
Campbell Town
Midlands Region

CAMPBELL TOWN, Cleveland, Conara & Meetus Falls

CAMPBELL TOWN is a large, historic town with many facilities and much accommodation. It has a number of important heritage buildings including; the Red Bridge, St Lukes, the Fox Hunters Return and the Grange. All are well worth seeing. It is half way between Launceston and Hobart and is a good place to base yourself for touring central Tasmania. It is also quite close to LAKE LEAKE, one of the best fishing lakes in Tasmania.

From Campbell Town you are 5 minutes from ROSS, 20 minutes from AVOCA, 30 minutes from OATLANDS, EVANDALE, FINGAL and LONGFORD.

You are 60 minutes from LAUNCESTON, MATHINNA, St MARYS, KEMPTON, CARRICK and SWANSEA.

Nearby places are described in the MIDLANDS REGION, ROSS, AVOCA, OATLANDS, EVANDALE, LONGFORD and FINGAL pages.


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HERITAGE HIGHWAY: Campbell Town is one of a number of towns on the A1 Midland Highway, which is called the Heritage Highway by the tourist industry. The other historic towns are: ROSS, EVANDALE, LONGFORD, CARRICK, DELORAINE, OATLANDS, KEMPTON, WESTBURY and PONTVILLE. For further information telephone any visitor information office or see www.heritagehighway.com.au

FACILITIES: There is a shopping precinct at Campbell Town. There is accommodation at CAMPBELL TOWN and at ROSS.

SIGHTS: Campbell Town dates from the 1820s and was one of five garrison towns built on the Midland Highway that connects HOBART to LAUNCESTON. The town has a number of significant historic buildings, but, unfortunately, lacks a consistent heritage street like ROSS and OATLANDS.

The town boasts of being the centre of Tasmania. You are close to the centre of Tasmania in Campbell Town, but realistically you are only close to the places listed above. It also boasts of its ice cream, which is highly recommended. Campbell Town is a convenient place to stay, if you are intending to visit other towns on the Heritage Highway. The sights include the:

ROUTE: Campbell Town is on the A1 Midland Highway south of LAUNCESTON. The Highway runs through the town.

The alternate route to the East Coast, B34 Lake Leake Road exits from the east side of the town just south of the Elizabeth River.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

  • CAMPBELL TOWN
  • Cleveland
  • Conara
  • Meetus Falls

 

Campbell Town, Tasmania

1/ Campbell Town is in central eastern Tasmania. The A1 Midland Highway runs through Campbell Town. The buildings are a combination of old and new.

Campbell Town, Fox Hunters Return, Tasmania

2/ The Fox Hunters Return Inn in Campbell Town was built in 1838 and is rated the best preserved inn of its type in Australia.

Campbell Town, Red Bridge Tasmania

3/ The Campbell Town Red Bridge was built in 1838 out of a million locally made bricks. It is one of the oldest brick bridges in Australia. Note the sculptures to the right of it.

Campbell Town, Tasmania

4/ Old trees near the famous Campbell Town Red Bridge were recently turned into sculptures. I thought that these modern sculptures looked out of place next to the bridge.

Campbell Town, St Lukes, Tasmania

5/ St. Luke's, Campbell Town viewed from the front is a magnificent old building. Another view of it is shown in the top page above.

Campbell Town, St Lukes, Tasmania

6/ The sign boldly proclaims St. Luke's claim to fame.

Campbell Town, Tasmania

7/ The Catholic Church of Campbell Town was much more modest, but it had a charm of its own.

Campbell Town, Tasmania

8/ The inside was a simply, but elegant decor.

Campbell Town, Tasmania

9/ St. Luke's School in Campbell Town is also a very old building and is still used for some community events.

Campbell Town, Tasmania

10/ The town hall of Campbell Town is built in the Art Deco style of the 1930s.

Campbell Town, Tasmania

11/ The Uniting Church of Campbell Town was a grand building, but it was in need of maintenance.

Campbell Town, Tasmania

11/ In profile, this church like St Lukes, also looks very ancient and very English.

Campbelltown Tasmania

12/ This is the Eliza Forlonge commemoration. In the 1820s Eliza walked 1500 kilometres throughout Saxony in Germany (Sachsen) buying the best merino sheep. She then brought out a flock of these prize sheep to Van Diemen's Land and started a very successful property at Kenilworth near Campbell Town. Many of the sheep of Tasmania are descended from her flock.

teachers house at Campbell Town

13/ This photo shows an interesting, combined teacher residence and classroom of the Victorian era. This building even has its own bell tower. It was obligatory in the 19th Century to provide country teachers with a residence. I have not seen a combined building like this example before.

the grange at Campbell Town Tasmania

14/ This photo shows the historic "Grange". This was a Victorian era gentleman's residence and was built in 1847. This mansion was built in unusual English Tudor style.

the grange at Campbell Town Tasmania

15/ This photo shows the main section of the Grange Mansion. Note how it is replete with chimneys. In the 19th Century you could count the chimneys to measure a man's wealth. By this reckoning the owner of the Grange was a very rich man indeed.

Gatty Memorial in Campbell Town

16/ This is the Harold Gatty memorial. It is located on the northern edge of Campbell Town. Gatty was the navigator for the famous, American flyer, Wiley Post. In 1931 Post and Gatty made a record breaking flight. Gatty later served with distinction with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. He was born in Campbell Town.

 

Cleveland Tasmania

1/ Cleveland is a settlement on the A1 Midland Highway about 15 kilometres north of Campbell Town. It has a number of heritage buildings including St Andrews Inn. Cleveland was once a horse changeover point on the coach road between Hobart and Launceston.

Cleveland Tasmania

2/ Cleveland also has a classic Georgian manor house.

Cleveland Tasmania

3/ This old church and cemetery dating from 1855 shows that Cleveland was once a much larger place.

Cleveland Tasmania

4/ The church at Cleveland still has its old furnishings.

 

Conara Tasmania

1/ Conara is a small, railway hamlet north of Campbell Town. It is noteworthy for its church, which has an impressive stain glass window. It also possesses a large Victorian era residence. There are no shops at Conara.

station at Conara Tasmania

2/ This is the station at Conara. It is still used by the railway workers. Conara was founded as a railway service town, so it has continued after the closure of the passenger service in the 1960s.

street in Conara Tasmania

3/ Conara has a complete street of Victorian era cottages. These were built for the original railway workers.

street in Conara Tasmania

4/ Conara also has a complete 1950s era street. This was built when the railways needed more houses in the 1950s.

historic mansion at Conara Tasmania

5/ On the southern edge of Conara is a lovely, Victorian era mansion.

 

Meetus Falls

1/ Meetus Falls is a spectacular waterfall in eastern Tasmania. They are located about 20 kilometres east of Campbell Town just east of Lake Leake. This image shows the spectacular higher cascade. The higher cascade drop is about 60 metres.

Meetus Falls

2/ The walk to Meetus Falls is relatively, short, but steep. There is a toilet at the car park. You follow the track up hill, until you come to the Cygnet River. You then follow the river downstream a short distance to the falls. Alternatively, you can go straight to a viewing platform.

Meetus Falls

3/ This image shows the top half of the higher cascade.

Meetus Falls

4/ This image shows the view down from near the top of the higher cascade.

Meetus Falls

5/ This image shows the view down from near the top of the lower cascade.

Meetus Falls

6/ This image looks at the full expanse of the lower cascade. This drop is only about 6 metres

Meetus Falls

7/ This image shows the clear waters of the Cygnet River, as it leaves the falls area.

 

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