Jan
01
2012

Take a stopover in historic Campbell Town

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Campbell Town was one of the very first coaching stops on the road between Hobart and Launceston – and today it is still a popular destination for those travelling between Tasmania's two major cities.

Sitting on the banks of the Elizabeth River just over 30 minutes' drive from Launceston, the village is an ideal place today to pull the car over and relax for a time, taking in the local sights and enjoying a delicious meal or cup of coffee.

A self-guided walk will reveal the region's interesting history and you cannot miss the Convict Brick Trail running along High Street. Dedicated to the convicts transported from 1788 onwards, this fascinating path comprises of bricks depicting individual prisoner names, crimes and the punishments they faced.

One of the local highlights is the Heritage Highway Museum, which contains historic Midlands artefacts and is the perfect setting for an afternoon picnic.

You can wander past a number of impressive colonial buildings such as The Grange – designed by a convict architect in the 1840s – and The Foxhunters Return, which is a fine example of a 19th century inn.

St Luke's Church and Red Bridge are also well worth visiting, while for a spot of shopping you might like to head to some of the excellent antique and specialty stores scattered around the town.

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