EVANDALE is a first class, historic town. It has whole streets of Georgian era buildings and is close to the impressive Clarendon Estate. Evandale is noteworthy for its Sunday market, Glover art prize and the Penny Farthing Fair. Its many attractions are listed below. There are many facilities and much accommodation at Evandale. It is located in northern central Tasmania, east of the A1 Midland Highway and south of Launceston.
CLARENDON historic estate is south of Evandale.
CORRA LYN is north of Evandale on the edge of Launceston.
From Evandale you are 15 minutes from the lovely, historic towns of LONGFORD, CARRICK, WESTBURY as well as LAUNCESTON. You are 20 minutes from CAMPBELL TOWN, 25 minutes from ROSS, 50 minutes from OATLANDS and 80 minutes from KEMPTON. Nearby places are described in the MIDLANDS REGION page.
Evandale is one of a number of towns on the A1 Midland Highway called the Heritage Highway by the tourist industry. The historic towns are: CAMPBELL TOWN, WESTBURY, LONGFORD, ROSS, CARRICK, DELORAINE, OATLANDS, KEMPTON and PONTVILLE. For further information telephone any visitor information office or contact www.heritagehighway.com.au
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FACILITIES: There are shops, cafes and hotels at Evandale. There is accommodation at EVANDALE and at LAUNCESTON.
TOURIST information is located at 18 High Street, Evandale. The telephone number is (03) 6391 8128
SIGHTS: Evandale is just south of LAUNCESTON, so it is a good place to stay for seeing LAUNCESTON and all the attractions of North Central Tasmania. Evandale has preserved its 19th Century streetscape, so that visiting Evandale is like going back in time.
WATER TOWN is seen as you approach the town. This is the symbol of the town of Evandale.
RUSSELL Street is the centre of the old Evandale. It has many old buildings, including two churches.
MARKET is held every Sunday in Evandale. It sells a wide variety of things including antiques. It also has pony rides and an air slide for the children.
PENNY FARTHING festival is held in Evandale in February. This famous event attracts contestants from Tasmania, Australia and even overseas. It is a great opportunity to see what speeds the ancient cycles can do, as well as enjoy the other amusements of a country fair.
TRAIN RIDES are held at Morven Park in the northern part of Evandale. The rides is very popular with children.
GLOVER PRIZE for art is held in March in Evandale. It attracts both local and overseas artists.
CLARENDON House is just South of Evandale. This is a well preserved 19th Century estate. Telephone: (03) 6398 6220
CORRA LYN is a lovely river beach picnic ground north of Evandale.
TASMANIAN GOUMET SOURCE COMPANY is located at 174 Leighlands Road, (north of Evandale). They have a great variety of unique sources, plus a tasting facility. Telephone 6391 8437 or 0409 131 644
JOSEF CHROMY WINERY and cafe is at Relbia Road, Relbia (north of Evandale): (03) 6335 8700
SHARMANS WINERY is located at Glenwood Road, Relbia (north of Evandale): (03) 6343 0773
ROUTE: From LAUNCESTON drive south towards HOBART on the A1 Midland Highway, which is here called the Southern Outlet. At the roundabout, which diverges to the east towards HOBART continue on towards the Airport. Evandale is just past the Airport.
If you are driving north on the A1 Midland Highway, watch for the signs near LAUNCESTON pointing east to Evandale.
CLARENDON Estate is reached from Evandale by driving south on C416 Evandale Road for about 5 minutes, until you see a sign pointing west towards Clarendon Estate.
If you are driving north on the A1 Midland Highway, south of LAUNCESTON you will see a sign pointing east towards Clarendon.
- Penny Farthing
- Corra Lyn
1/ Evandale is a lovely, historic town dating from the 1830s. It is just south of the Launceston Airport. It boasts many streets with restored 19th Century buildings. In Evandale the late 19th Century really comes to life. Evandale boast the old Penny Farthing bike race, the artistic Glover Prize, a large Sunday market, plus tourist oriented cafes and shops making it a must see for a visitor to northern Tasmania. Above is the beautiful St Andrews Anglican Church. It is an icon of lovely Evandale and dates from 1871.
2/ Opposite the Time Traveler Statue is this map of Evandale. It illustrates the major historic buildings. The approach road from Launceston Airport is on the left. The second last horizontal street is Russell Street, where many of the important buildings, cafes, shops and the market are located. The street at the top is Barclay Street, which hosts Morven Park. This gallery travels down Evandale Road to Russell Street then up to Barclay Street.
3/ The old water tower greets you, as you approach Evandale from its northern side on C416 Evandale Road. From the south of the water tower all of the buildings you will see were built in the 19th Century.
4/ The next eleven photos were taken on Evandale Road, as we approached Russell Street. This was one of a number of grand, old professional homes that we saw.
5/ This is house is the type built by the original squatters of Evandale in the 1830s. It had a stable to the left. It is probably one of the oldest. Beyond the house were vast fields. It was being rebuilt in 2018. There was an ambiance of deep antiquity about it.
6/ This grand professional home shows the impressive style of the 1890s.
7/ This is the historic, primary school of Evandale. It is now the visitor information centre. It is on the corner of Barclay Street on which is Morven Park.
8/ There were a number of lovely, historic houses being restored such as this large Victorian house.
9/ This Georgian style home now houses the Amnesia Antiques store.
10/ This is the other iconic church of Evandale. It is the St Andrews Uniting Church (There are two St Andrews churches.) and was built in a neo Greco-Roman style in 1869. In the late 19th Century this style was very popular in America, but less popular in Australasia. The church has many historic graves around it.
11/ Next to the St Andrews Church is its historic Sunday School. Here the children came each week to learn their religion.
12/ This view looks west from behind the St Andrews Church shown above. The many old graves give off a feeling of deep antiquity. In the fields just beyond this church are the remains of the old Evandale Railway Station.
13/ This lovely Grecian statue marks the grave of Pastor Russell. It is in front of the Church.
14/ This is "Solomon's Store". It is another icon of Evandale. Here you turn east down Russell Street to enter the heart of the historic town. Solomon was a major character of the old Evandale.
15/ These two quaint cottages, opposite Solomon's, mark the beginning of Russell Street
16/ This is the "Time Traveler" statue. It celebrates the penny farthing race held at Evandale every year. Next to this statue is the map shown above.
17/ The historic "Clarendon Arms Hotel" has recently been reorganized and is now offering an impressive cuisine. The annual penny farthing race starts from here.
18/ This is one of many restored Georgian homes in Russell Street.
19/ This large Georgian home in Russell Street is now a BB.
20/ This lovely building was probably once a church. It is now the municipal chambers.
21/ This little church was once the Wesleyan Chapel. It is now used for accommodation. It dates from 1836.
22/ This is the historic' general store of Evandale. There are a number of stores in Russell Street.
23/ Harry Murray was a local hero of the Evandale district. He fought in both world wars. His statue marks the war memorial of Evandale.
24/ John Glover was an English landscape artist. In his old age, he immigrated to Tasmania to join his sons. Here he was virtually the first landscape artist to appreciate the beauty of the Tasmanian landscape and he played a major role in establishing landscape painting in Tasmania. His statue stands outside the Evandale market.
25/ This is the historic Evandale scout hall in Falls Park. Every Sunday it hosts the Evandale market. From dozens of benches you can select from a wide variety of local foods, clothing, tools, plants, antiques and bric-a-brac. The Glover Prize exhibits are displayed in this hall.
26/ Early in the year these flags go up in Evandale to announce the coming Glover Prize. This event now attracts a large number of first class entrants. A number of artists and their crafts are located in Evandale.
27/ Not all the historic houses of Evandale are grand. There are also many quaint Georgian cottages.
28/ This is the view across a narrow part of Pioneer Park. The park has many grand old trees, plus a toilet, seats and BBQ facilities. Because of its great age and many European trees, this park has a great feeling of antiquity about it.
29/ This is the historic, tennis club room in Morven Park in Barclay Street. This park is located just beyond the historic school shown above. Morven Park includes a large oval behind which the model railway runs.
30/ This is the model railway. It has a number of different trains and runs whenever you see the billboards put out to advertise it on the main streets. It is very popular with children.
31/ A stroll around Evandale allows you to see a large variety of historic homes like this lovely home in Barclay Street.
32/ This interesting home in Barclay Street exhibits five chimneys. In the 19th Century you could measure a man's wealth by the number of chimneys in his house.
33/ Evandale has a number of buildings, which are popular subjects with photographic artists. This is a lovely, artistic interpretation of the Anglican Church by Steven Jurgeit.
1/ The Penny Farthing Fair is held in Evandale in central northern Tasmania. The fair ends with a grand parade past the old buildings on Russell Street, Evandale. Here we see a Scottish bagpipe band passing by.
2/ The Penny Farthing Fair parade included a large group of people decked out in exotic Victorian costumes. These reflected the historic theme of Evandale.
3/ The vintage car club also paraded exotic old cars at the Penny Farthing Fair. Note the news camera and the rider on the left. This is because the Penny Farthing Fair at Evandale is a major cultural event.
4/ Bands gave free entertainment in the park at the Penny Farthing Fair at Evandale.
5/ Many collectors of antique machinery exhibited their treasures, like this very early motor bike, at the Penny Farthing Fair at Evandale.
6/ These classic car owners showed off their old favorites at the Penny Farthing Fair at Evandale.
7/ I was most impressed by this classic American car, a "yank tank". Showing off classic vehicles is a major theme of the Penny Farthing Fair at Evandale.
8/ The Penny Farthing Fair at Evandale also included displays of old farm machinery like this 1950s era tractor.
9/ The 19th Century steam prime movers attract a lot of attention. Engines like these played a vital role in opening up the Tasmanian wilderness.
10/ In Pioneer Park a large number of stores sold a wide variety of exotic products
11/ Here you see a young female competitor riding high on her penny farthing.
12/ The competitors came from Tasmania, Australasia and overseas. Here they anxiously await the starting gun.
13/ The penny farthing bicycles raced very fast and the riders showed extreme determination to win. The Penny Farthing Fair is one of the few places where you can see them.
14/ Here two riders are racing towards the finish line near the Clarendon Arms Hotel.
1/ Clarendon is a grand, estate south of Evandale. Some restoration work has been completed, but more needs to be done to the interior. It was the home of James Cox and it was completed in 1838. Cox was a magistrate, a member of Parliament and a major landowner. His Clarendon was modeled on the grand, Georgian style mansions of England. The estate once included a huge garden with hawthorn hedges. Peacocks and deer once roamed the grounds.
2/ Clarendon estate now includes a modern cafe. It is a popular venue for weddings. Some authorities think that the style was influenced by American plantation homes of the same period.
3/ This view is normally obscured by foliage, but in winter you can appreciate the grandeur of the building from this angle. Grand parties for the leaders of Tasmanian colonial society were once held in these grounds.
4/ The gardens at the rear of the grand house are being restored to their former glory.
5/ The house servants quarters were attached to the main house, as these servants were expected to be on call 24/7. There were two other accommodation complexes for the dozens of other workers, who once toiled at Clarendon.
6/ The rear of the grand house is an enclosed quadrangle. This image shows another accommodation complex that faced out from this quadrangle. This would have been for field workers. The high walls and the enclosure pattern of the design suggests that this may have been a defensive feature.
7/ This large building is the old stable. It would once have accommodated many horses.
8/ This is the stone barn. It is a survivor of one of the earliest buildings of the estate. This is shown by the strange, rammed earth style of the construction.
9/ Behind the estate are these two cottages. They were once owned by some of the free workers of the estate.
10/ The coach house was very large and housed the coaches, horses, plus the convicts, who attended to the needs of both. These convicts lived on the other side of this building. The size of this building alone attests to the ancient wealth of the Clarendon Estate.
11/ Some examples of horse drawn vehicles are displayed in the coach house.
12/ This strange little building was the gardener's cottage. He was important enough to deserve his own residence. It is one of the oldest buildings on the estate.
13/ This strange building was a toilet built for use by the guests during the outdoor picnics held in the gardens.
14/ The South Esk River is just behind the Clarendon Estate. The river allowed for comfortable and relatively fast boat travel up river to Launceston. Boats were once moored here.
1/ Nile is an old settlement about 10 kilometres south of Evandale. It is further south of Clarendon and on the same road. It has this impressive Gothic revival church. On the right of this fence is a large old cemetery.
2/ There are a number of old houses in Nile. This one has the shape of an old tavern.
3/ This cenotaph commemorates the local servicemen of the two world wars. It is a reminder that Nile once had a much larger population.
4/ This derelict house was once a late 19th Century, gentry style home.
5/ This is another derelict cottage. The size of the trees in its garden testifies to how long it has been abandoned. When you see these derelict houses, you can appreciate how much work has been done at Evandale.
6/ South of Nile are gentle rolling plains with very fertile soil. This view looks over a lake westwards towards the Great Western Tier Mountains.
7/ Deddington is a locality about 10 kilometres south east of Nile. It has this lovely, historic church that dates back to 1840.
8/ The church has a number of graves visible including one to John Glover. He was the artist who played a major role in bringing professional painting to the colonial society of Vandiemensland. Evandale holds an arts festival in his honour. His forgotten grave is lying here in Deddington.
9/ This is the derelict, historic post office of Deddington. Its existence confirms that Deddington was once a settlement with a much larger population.
10/ This is Glover's old house new Nile. It was being restored into a BB in 2018. The new owners were going to a lot of trouble to make it authentic to the original home possessed by Glover.
1/ Corra Lyn is located just south east of Launceston on C401 the road to Ben Lomond. It has spectacular cliffs like those seen at the Cataract Gorge in Launceston.
2/ The picnic ground at Corra Lyn has the large spaces needed to play games like cricket.
3/ Corra Lyn has a small beach. This makes it very popular with Launceston people on hot days.
4/ There is also a rapid flowing stream at Corra Lyn.