Heritage and history
Tasmania's history tells a tale of a brutal convict past, maritime adventure, mining and early industrial development. Unlike most places this rich cultural and built heritage is still well-preserved today.
Tasmania's early architecture survives in the cities and towns around the island. There are fine examples from the Georgian, Victorian and Federation periods with many restored as accommodation, restaurants or attractions.
In Hobart there are some of the finest sandstone buildings remaining in Australia, like the stately Town Hall on Macquarie Street and the historic waterfront warehouses that line Salamanca Place.
Behind Salamanca Place is Battery Point with its workers' cottages and grand stone homes making this the best preserved colonial-era suburb in Australia.
In Tasmania's north are charming colonial villages and large country estates that paint a picture of early life in Tasmania. Longford is a country town full of colonial charm, lovely convict-built buildings and grand estates.
The pretty riverside village of Ross, built by convict labour in the early 1800s, is so well preserved that visitors can still enjoy a genuine piece of history today.
The island's fascinating beginnings and dark stories of the past can be uncovered at any of the five UNESCO World Heritage-listed convict sites found around the state.
In a world that increasingly replaces the old for the new, the past is always present in Tasmania and stories can be found just about everywhere, if you take the time to look.