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Bothwell is a fine example of Tasmania's colonial heritage with more than 50 heritage-listed buildings.

Gateway to Tasmania's central highlands, Bothwell was settled by farmers in the 1820s and still has a distinctive colonial character and old-world atmosphere today.

More than 50 buildings in Bothwell are heritage-listed for their architectural and historical value, so take a stroll along the wide streets and enjoy the details of built treasures that range from simple stone cottages to grand, elegant churches.

For those interested in golf, Bothwell is home to one of the oldest golf courses in Australia at Ratho. Laid in the mid-1830s, the course has square putting greens and fairways maintained by grazing sheep. You can even play a round with traditional hickory clubs.

Locals and visitors also come to the nearby lakes, rivers and reserves to fly fish for the elusive brown trout and hunt for game.

There are several cheeseries in the area and world famous whisky distilleries for those who like a nibble and a tipple, too.

Country lodge accommodation is available as well as B&B, motel and camping.

Bothwell is a 1-hr drive (73 km) north-west of Hobart.

Local tips

  • While exploring, take a walk in Queens Park, a striking village green with lovely views from the heart of town.