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Historic Buildings

Tasmania's isolation, small population and strong sense of community connection has preserved our rich built heritage. Wherever you travel you'll discover well preserved examples of late Georgian architecture.

Tasmania has many rare examples of early colonial buildings and objects of national significance; Clarendon is Australia's iconic colonial mansion, Runnymede is a rare century whaling family home and the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site in the heart of Hobart is one Australia's most important convict sites pre-dating Port Arthur.

In our two major cities of Hobart and Launceston you'll also discover fine examples of nineteenth and twentieth century architectural styles – Regency, Victorian and Edwardian.

In Hobart, the Theatre Royal is Australia's oldest theatre and a perfect example of intimacy on a grand scale, while on the West Coast is the Gaiety Theatre, once one of the largest concert halls in Australia.

Tasmania's architectural treasures are recognised in Tasmania's National Heritage Festival – Australia's largest heritage festival - when the doors are opened on many of Tasmania's many National Trust houses normally closed the rest of the year.

And for a taste of more recent and accessible history, the perfectly preserved former Hydro village of Tarraleah evokes life in the 1930s, with beautifully crafted timber cabins and a stunning art deco lodge.

Wherever you travel in Tasmania, there's always a story to be found in the local architecture and plenty of opportunities to experience the past in an overnight stay.