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Kempton is a quaint colonial town settled in the 1820s, with handsome old buildings and 19th century charm set in a landscape of rolling hills and sweeping plains.

Established as a colonial settlement in the early 1800s, Kempton became a busy coaching stop for hungry travellers and their horses. These days the village is bypassed by the Midland Highway but still continues to be a stopping point.

Signs along the main street tell stories of the town's historic buildings including charming coaching inns and quaint shops.

There's a grand and beautiful mansion with imposing outbuildings and elegant churches of all shapes and styles. St Mary's Church of England, with its square tower and tree-lined entrance, also has an adjacent cemetery that tells of the region's early days.

Kempton also has antique and second hand stores and an historic pub for hearty country meals. In the mornings you might even encounter local harness racers out for a trot down the main street, and there are powered sites and showers available for campers.

Kempton is a 40-min drive (49 km) north of Hobart.

Local tips

  • Lookout for Dysart House at the southern end of town, an exceedingly handsome mansion, now the home of Old Kempton Distillery Whisky, Gins and Liqueurs.