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Evandale is one of the best preserved historic towns in Australia. Its late-Georgian and early-Victorian buildings and relatively untouched streetscape offer a unique glimpse into Australia's past, with some buildings dating back to 1809.

Given the rich diversity of the town, it's worth taking half a day to wander around with a good detailed local map. A shorter visit should at least include a walk down the High Street - one of the most attractive historic main streets in Tasmania.

Buildings of particular interest include the former Presbyterian Manse (1840), a typical colonial building opposite Barclay Street in the town's High Street, and 'Blenheim' (1832), a one-time hotel on the southern corner of Barclay and High Street. Also worth a look is St Andrews Uniting Church (1840) with its classical bell tower and Doric columns.

There are also a number of buildings at the intersection of Russell Street and High Street including the Clarendon Stores (1836), an early saddler's shop (1840) and the Prince of Wales Hotel (1836). 

During February the town hosts the National Penny Farthing Championship, drawing enthusiasts from across Australia and the world.

Interestingly, the town was once home to John Kelly, whose son was the famous bushranger Ned Kelly.

The town is situated on the South Esk River, 20 km south of Launceston and just a few kilometres beyond Launceston airport, making it an ideal way to complete your Tasmanian adventure.

Local tips

  • Visit Clarendon House, one of Australia's greatest Georgian houses still standing today, with its formal gardens and grounds, a tree lined avenue, Italianate facade, and restored early colonial outbuildings.