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OATLANDS ICON

Historic "Callington Mill"
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Historic "St Peters Angican Church"
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Historic "St Pauls Catholic Church"
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Historic court house
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Historic court house & gate
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Historic manor house
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Historic rectory
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Ducks of Lake Dulverton
Oatlands
Midlands Region
Historic hotel at Tunbridge
Oatlands
Midlands Region

OATLANDS, Lake Dulverton, Tunbridge & Jericho

OATLANDS has more sandstone buildings than any other town in Tasmania, as well as numerous buildings classified by the National Trust. These include the famous Callington wind mill. Touring Oatlands is as close as you can get to taking a time warp back to the 19th Century. There are also many shops and restaurants in Oatlands and much accommodation. The major bird sanctuary at Lake Dulverton is adjacent to Oatlands. The nearby historic hamlets of Tunbridge and Jericho are also worth a visit.

From Oatlands you are 20 minutes from ROSS and KEMPTON, 30 minutes from CAMPBELL TOWN and 60 minutes from EVANDALE and LONGFORD.

You are 90 minutes from LAUNCESTON, CARRICK, DELORAINE, WESTBURY, PONTVILLE, SWANSEA. and HOBART.

Oatlands 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: CAMPBELL TOWN, EVANDALE, LONGFORD, CARRICK, DELORAINE, ROSS, KEMPTON, WESTBURY and PONTVILLE. For further information telephone any visitor information office or contact www.heritagehighway.com.au

Nearby places are described in the MIDLANDS REGION, ROSS, BOTHWELL, CAMPBELL TOWN and KEMPTON pages.


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FACILITIES: There are a number of shops, cafes, a petrol station and some tourist shops at Oatlands. There are no facilities at Jericho or Tunbridge. There is much accommodation at OATLANDS.

TOURIST information is at 85 High Street, Oatlands, near the Wind Mill. The telephone is (o3) 6254 1212

For PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS telephone (03) 6254 1212

SIGHTS: OATLANDS has more historic, sandstone buildings than any other town in Australia. There are 87 in the main street alone. Together they give the town an authentic 19th Century feel.

Oatlands was founded in 1827. It was one of a number of towns founded on the route between Hobart and Launceston. This route was first surveyed in 1807.

TUNBRIDGE is just 10 minutes South of Oatlands. It has the third oldest bridge in Australia. Tunbridge was well known as a meeting ground for Irish exiles.

JERICHO is a historic hamlet South of Tunbridge.

The main attractions of OATLANDS are the;

ROUTE: OATLANDS is just off the A1 Midland Highway. It is about 90 minutes north of Hobart.

TUNBRIDGE is on the same A1 Midland Highway south of Oatlands.

JERICHO is just off the same A1 Midland Highway. It is south of Tunbridge.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

  • OATLANDS
  • Lake Dulverton
  • Jericho
  • Tunbridge

 

Oatlands, Tasmania

1/ Oatlands is in the Midlands of southern Tasmania. The Oatlands Visitor Centre is near the Callington Mill on the northern edge of Oatlands. This is a good place to start your tour from.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

2/ The Callington Mill is now the show piece of Oatlands. It was built in 1837 and was only fully restored in 2011. It grinds flower the ancient way and is open for inspection.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

3/ The Oatlands' Mill is part of an ancient industrial site, which is also open for inspection.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

4/ This close up photo gives you some idea of the size of the sails. The Callington Mill at Oatlands is the only one of its kind still operating in the Southern Hemisphere.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

5/ This is a photo of the restored, industrial complex around the Callington Mill at Oatlands. Note the intricate stone work.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

6/ This fine sandstone building is the former home of the mill operators of old Oatlands.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

7/ The Callington Mill was repaired over a number of years, as the money was raised. This photo shows the Mill in 2008 without its sail on my first visit. For over a century the Mill at Oatlands was just a derelict tower.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

8/ This view from the window of the Callington Mill is pure 19th Century. This is why Oatlands is a premiere historic town.

Callington Mill Lane Oatlands Tasmania

9/ This the Callington Mill approach lane from High Street, Oatlands. Walking down this lane is like stepping back into the 19th Century.

Oatlands, Callington Mill, Tasmania

10/ The back gardens of the houses of Oatlands had vegetable patches just like in the 19th Century.

Court House Oatlands Tasmania

11/ The Court House of Oatlands was built in 1829. Note the plaque in the centre of the building. Behind the Court House was the old Oatlands jail. This is now the scene of major restoration project.

Oatlands, Tasmania

12/ The plaque before the Court House is a good place for historic research. Note the words "...for God, for King, for Empire". In history it is always important to get your facts from primary sources.

Oatlands, Tasmania

13/ The ancient buildings of Oatlands can have a really ghostly atmosphere about them, particularly on a foggy morning. I got a ghostly feeling, when I took this photo.

Oatlands, Tasmania

14/ This is the entrance to the old jail at Oatlands. After the jail was closed, it was used as a school. Note the ancient symmetry of this sandstone building.

Oatlands Tasmania

15/ High Street is the main street of Oatlands. It is almost entirely made of sandstone.

Oatlands Tasmania

16/ Oatlands boasts whole streets of working mens cottages like these examples. Having a wide range of old buildings gives the visitor a deep historic experience.

Oatlands Tasmania

17/ This is another example of a gentleman's residence. Notice how the mill adds to the historic effect.

Oatlands Tasmania

18/ This is the Freemasons Lodge. It is also another great example of the sandstone buildings of Oatlands.

Oatlands Tasmania

19/ This bank building is built in the more recent Art deco style. It blends in well with the older buildings.

Oatlands Tasmania

20/ Oatlands High School has a fine range of Victorian era class rooms like these.

21/ This is the old Kentish Hotel. It had an interesting display of Errol Flynn memorabilia. The famous actor Errol Flynn lived his early life in Tasmania.

Oatlands, Tasmania

22/ This house is one of many fine old sandstone buildings that really make the past alive in Oatlands.

Oatlands, Tasmania

23/ A worker considered himself lucky to acquire a small cottage like this one. Note how it is being restored.

Oatlands, Tasmania

24/ This cottage near the Uniting Church had a good view into the town of Oatlands.

Oatlands, Tasmania

25/ This derelict cottage helps you to appreciate just how much restoration work has been done in Oatlands.

Oatlands, Tasmania

26/ The picturesque, St Luke's Uniting Church is on the hill to the south of Oatlands. It was built in 1859 and is an impressive structure. Note the rectory building to its left.

Oatlands, Tasmania

27/ The Rectory was one of the grandest buildings in Oatlands. It tells you a lot about the social values of Colonial society and the exulted place of the clergy.

St Pauls Church at Oatlands Tasmania

28/ There were two other historic churches in Oatlands. This is St Paul's Catholic Church. It was built in the Gothic Revival style in 1851 according to the design of the famous architect Augustus Pugin. He also designed the lovely church of St Patrick at Colebrook further south.

St Pauls Church at Oatlands Tasmania

29/ This is the view of St Paul's from the front.

St Peters Church at Oatlands Tasmania

30/ This is the St Peter's Anglican Church. It was built in 1838 according to the designs of John Lee Archer. It shows the classic Georgian style.

St Peters Church at Oatlands Tasmania

31/ This is St Peter's Anglican Church from the front. It really blends into the old cemetery.

 

Oatlands, Lake Dulverton, Tasmania

1/ Lake Dulverton is in the Midlands of south east Tasmania. The sign shows you the wide range of birds that used this lake sanctuary at Oatlands.

Oatlands, Lake Dulverton, Tasmania

2/ A matt of reeds covers this flooded section of the Lake. This section was isolated from the Lake Dulverton by a dam. During the great drought of 2008, this was the only section that contained water for the many water birds.

Oatlands, Lake Dulverton, Tasmania

3/ The different areas of vegetation favour the different bird species of Lake Dulverton. Here you can see swans and ducks.

Oatlands, Lake Dulverton, Tasmania

4/ Birds can quite easily cohabit with other species at, as can be seen in this photo taken at Lake Dulverton.

Oatlands, Lake Dulverton, Tasmania

5/ A black duck and a goose contemplate a swim in Lake Dulverton.

Oatlands, Lake Dulverton, Tasmania

6/ Ducks are a favorite with many people as they show so much personality. These are baby ducks or ducklings at Lake Dulverton.

Oatlands, Lake Dulverton, Tasmania

7/ This goose is looking out over the last flooded area of Lake Dulverton in Oatlands. This photo was taken during the 2008 drought.

Oatlands Lake Dulverton

8/ This is the view from the eastern shore of Lake Dulverton. It shows Oatlands as being dominated by the Callington Mill.

Oatlands Lake Dulverton

9/ This is the far eastern shore of Lake Dulverton.

Oatlands Lake Dulverton

10/ There is a historic building on the far eastern shore of Lake Dulverton. It had an air of timelessness about it.

 

Jericho Tasmania

1/ Jericho is a small hamlet in the Midlands of south east Tasmania. It is just off the A1 Midland Highway. It boasts this lovely Gothic Revival church. There are no facilities at Jericho.

Jericho Tasmania

2/ This photo shows the old church at Jericho from the opposite angle.

Jericho Tasmania

3/ This photo shows the Victorian era school at Jericho. It had a real air of timelessness about it.

Jericho Tasmania

4/ This is the hall at Jericho. It looks very much like an old church.

Jericho Tasmania

5/ This photo shows the charming, rustic scene you see as you leave Jericho.

Jericho Tasmania

6/ This photo shows an ancient Jericho estate. There are many such estates in Tasmania. They are still used by the descendant families of the pioneers.

 

Inn at Tunbridge Tasmania

1/ Tunbridge is a small hamlet in the Midlands of south east Tasmania. It is south of Oatlands. The ancient Inn above was once a major meeting place for Irish exiles. There are no facilities at Tunbridge except a picnic area.

bridge at Tunbridge

2/ Tunbridge has one of the oldest bridges in Tasmania.

Tunbridge Tasmania

3/ This photo shows the picnic ground at Tunbridge. A modern church is on the left.

Tunbridge Tasmania

4/ The Tunbridge Manor House was built in 1828. The classic Georgian design shows that Tunbridge was once an important town.

Tunbridge Tasmania

5/ Tunbridge has many Victorian ear cottages like this lovely example.

Tunbridge Tasmania

6/ Tunbridge also has some examples of buildings that need restoration. This old cottage had a real feeling of history about it.

 

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