Jan
24
2012

Travel the beautiful Heritage Highway

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When you take a trip around Tasmania it is wise to bear in mind that with so much to see in a relatively small area, proven itineraries might offer you the best chance to get maximum value out of the time you have available.

Throughout the beautiful island there are established routes that have been followed and enjoyed for decades. All it takes is a little bit of planning and you can embark on an unforgettable multi-day adventure with your friends or family.

One of the best itineraries is without doubt the Heritage Highway, a journey that reveals a fascinating history of convicts, bushrangers, farmers, painters, writers and Aboriginal culture over two incredible days.

From the ski fields of Ben Lomond, through Tasmania's idyllic rural countryside and right down to the capital city Hobart – this is a drive filled with old colonial town discoveries and important farmlands that date back over 200 years.

Towns such as Longford, Ross and Oatlands offer the chance to check out historic buildings and delightful antique stores, while in between you will cruise past Georgian villages and friendly locals.

The Heritage Highway represents the major link between Tasmania's northern and southern population centres, meaning it is easy to veer away from the road at your leisure to explore rural life, stop in at quaint local stores or feast on a country meal.

Regional Tasmania is a smorgasbord of wonderful sights, sounds and aromas.

From the colourful arts and craft market at Evandale on a Sunday to Ross Bridge – an elegant and intricately carved showpiece of convict stonemasonry built in 1836 – there is so much to explore for the first-time visitor.

bothwell - 1st hole ratho australia's oldest golf course / image credit ausgolf

oatlands historic building Image credit tripadvisoroatlands callington mill />

ross convict built bridge

Ross Image credit - Australian Traveller

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