Oct
12
2011

Plenty to see at quaint Westbury

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The classic Georgian village of Westbury typifies the quaintness and charm found in so many Tasmanian towns.

Surrounded by hedgerows and filled with gorgeous European-style laneways, it offers visitors to the island state a plethora of incentives to make the drive from Launceston or Devonport to explore this hidden gem of the north.

This region’s rich and fertile land was settled by Irish farmers and provides a picturesque backdrop to the village. Tasmania is renowned for its beautiful and diverse landscape and one of its best aspects as a holiday destination is the proximity of all its interesting sights.

Children and adults will enjoy a day at the National Trust’s White House – built in the 1840s as a general store and now home to an intriguing collection of 19th century toys, historic furniture and vintage cars.

If you have an interest in antique steam engines, you will find the world’s largest collection at Pearns Steam World – along with hundred-year-old agricultural machinery.

At Culzean Gardens, visitors can wander among the exquisite grounds with mature exotic trees and lakes full of water lilies.

During the current season you will see hectares of spring bulbs including daffodils and bluebells.

Another unique attraction is the Westbury Maze – a traditional hedge maze formed by three thousand neatly-clipped bushes standing two metres high. The network of pathways extends more than a kilometre, so it promises to be a fun activity for your whole group of friends or family.

If you manage to successfully negotiate your way out, you can enjoy refreshments in the tea room by the formal garden courtyard.

In Westbury you will also find a great selection of antique shops and the John Temple Gallery, featuring magnificent Tasmanian landscape photography.

Looking across the green to Quamby Bluff

Steam engine from the museum

Painting - Sarah Ann Fogg -  Quamby from Westbury c1860

Composie image - cottage and maze Westbury

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