BOTHWELL is a lovely, historic town on the southern approach to the central highlands. It has many National Trust listed buildings and claims the oldest golf course in Australia. It is also proud of its Scottish heritage and shows this in many subtle ways. Bothwell has some shops, restaurants and a petrol pump and some accommodation. This makes it a great place to stop on any trip through the central highlands.
HAMILTON is south west of Bothwell.
OUSE is south west of Bothwell and north west of Hamilton.
LAKE REPULSE is just south west of Ouse.
Bothwell is 30 minutes from OATLANDS and KEMPTON, 40 minutes from PONTVILLE and 60 minutes from the GREAT LAKE, NEW NORFOLK, RICHMOND and HOBART. Nearby places are described in the MIDLANDS REGION page.
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FACILITIES: There are shops, hotels, cafes and a petrol pump at Bothwell. There is a shop, a hotel, a cafe and a petrol pump both at Hamilton. There is a shop, hotel and a petrol pump at Ouse. There is accommodation at BOTHWELL and HAMILTON.
TOURIST information is (03) 6259 4033 or the Internet contact is www.ausgolfmuseum.com or www.explorebothwell.com
SIGHTS: BOTHWELL is a historic town with a number of old buildings. The most famous is the old GOLF COURSE MUSEUM, which is the oldest in Australia.
HAMILTON has a large number of historic buildings. There are also some historic buildings to see in OUSE.
ROUTE: Bothwell can be reached down the A5 Highland Lakes Highway from DELORAINE. The preferred route is to turn west from the A1 Midland Highway at the locality of Melton Mowbray, which is south of OATLANDS.
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1/ Bothwell is located in central southern Tasmania. Bothwell goes back to 1807 making it one of the oldest towns in Tasmania. It prides itself on having the oldest golf course in Australia. This old building is now the Golf Museum and information centre. It was once a rectory.
2/ St Lukes Church, Bothwell is a very fine example of Victorian stone craft. It must have competed with St Michaels, which you see below.
3/ St Michaels, Bothwell built in 1891, is a another fine example of the Gothic Revival style popular in Britain at this time.
4/ This interesting monument graces Queens Park in Bothwell.
5/ Bothwell has some impressive Georgian streetscapes. The Castle hotel dates from 1829
6/ This is the old Bothwell post office. It dates from 1891.
7/ This is an interesting example of a shop and middle class home in Bothwell. The small glass panes testify to its great age. Behind it is a stable for horses.
8/ This shows an impressive Georgian manor house. It testifies to the wealth of some residents of old Bothwell.
9/ The Bothwell Town Hall is one of the newer buildings. It dates from only 1901 and is built in the Victorian style.
10/ Bothwell Grange is a hotel. It dates from 1836 and now offers heritage style accommodation.
11/ This is a classic Georgian shop and house. Note the ancient small window panes.
12/ Bothwell has a huge variety of ancient cottages. This one has two chimneys on the same side of the house.
13/ The Priory, built in 1848, is an impressive Victorian home. It shows real wealth and has a large garden overlooking Bothwell. It is now available for heritage accommodation. www.thepriorycountrylodge.com.au
14/ This shows a quaint, restored, workers cottage.
15/ This Georgian house glassed in the verandah at a very early date. Note the four chimneys. In the 19th Century chimneys were a good indicator of wealth.
16/ This Georgian cottage has attic bedrooms.
17/ This is Batt's Cottage. It is a classic Georgian house and now offers heritage accommodation in Bothwell.
18/ What is special about Bothwell is that it has retained some Georgian streetscapes.
19/ This is another example of a middle class Georgian home. I was quite impressed by the variety of housing styles that I saw in Bothwell.
1/ Hamilton is a small town A10 Lyell Highway, which is South West of Bothwell. It has a number of impressive historic buildings to see.
2/ This hotel in Hamilton is one of the oldest in Tasmania
3/ This arch is the last remnant of the old Hamilton jail.
4/ The historic assets of Hamilton are spread out along the main street. These give the town a historic feeling.
5/ This photo shows a large Georgian house in Hamilton.
6/ This photo shows a quaint Georgian style cottage. There are many cottages in Hamilton.
7/ This large building looks like the hall of Hamilton.
8/ This old coach house is now a guest house of Hamilton.
9/ This photo shows another quaint Georgian cottage in Hamilton.
10/ This old Hamilton shop has now become a cafe.
11/ This old barn shows you the degree of restoration that has been effected on the other assets of Hamilton.
12/ The land around Hamilton is sheep grazing country. The green area is near the Dew Rivulet. It can be quite dry in the Ouse Valley in the summer.
1/ Ouse is a town in central southern Tasmania. It is located on the A10 Lyell Highway North West of Hamilton and South West of Bothwell. Ouse is a town with some historic assets.
2/ This quaint old church and cemetery are located on the western edge of Ouse.
3/ This is the Bridge Hotel. It is located close to the Ouse River, which is just to the right.
4/ This old cottage displays the Ouse notice board.
5/ This is the Ouse war memorial. It is located in the park near the Ouse River.
6/ This photo looks towards the western side of Ouse.
1/ Lake Repulse is just south west of Ouse in central northern Tasmania. This photo shows the dam on Lake Repulse. I visited it just after the bush fire of 2013. The fire advanced right up to the Dam.
2/ This photo shows the power station at the Lake Repulse Dam.
3/ This photo looks into the Lake Repulse.
4/ This is Lake Repulse looking to the south west.