Oct
22
2013

Though it may sound like a land of tasty breakfast foods, Oatlands is in fact a historic town located north of Hobart on the Midlands Highway. The road is also known as the Heritage Highway, because when you turn off the main bitumen, town after town reveals its identity from the past.

It's particularly well known for its eighteenth century sandstone buildings, all of which can be found on the main High Street. That means as you stroll down this street, it feels as though you've been transported back to the 19th century.

As you walk down High Street, make sure you look out for the descriptive plaques on many of the significant buildings, as these will give you a deeper insight into the past. At the northern end of the street you'll find some gorgeous old colonial cottages from the 1830s, as well as three restored churches that look beautiful floodlit at night. Did we hear photo op?

There are many other colonial-related activities in this timeless town, such as guided historic walks, antique shops, historic tea rooms and accommodation in colonial buildings.

Be sure to visit the old Court House, which was built by convicts. Learn about the history of the infamous local hangman and ex-convict himself, Solomon Blay, who carried out his grizzly tasks at the Oatlands jail and Hobart Penitentiary.

There's also remnants of the old jail building, watch house and officer's quarters, all from the 1820s-30s. If spooky history is your thing, then you can even take a ghost tour around the town.

On a visit to Oatlands, you must definitely see the beautiful and operational sandstone Callington Mill, which dates back to 1837 and is now Australia's third oldest windmill. This is a reminder of how wheat farmers in the town used to operate, and is the town's signature landmark.

You can also spend some of your time enjoying the local cafes or restaurants and simply wandering and exploring this fascinating township.

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