Oatlands is one of Tasmania's oldest settlements and with more than 150 sandstone buildings it has the largest collection of any Australian town. Its intact Georgian townscape, mostly convict-built in the early 1800s, offers a complete representation of the architecture, urban design and the cultural heritage of early European settlement in Australia.
Many of its historic buildings now operate as cafes, antique stores, accommodation and attractions that reward visitors with a taste for good Tasmanian produce and a passion for antiques, arts and crafts.
Wander around the streets of Oatlands and discover more of the town's interesting past with elegant churches, heritage sites and informative signs that tell stories of sheep farming, convicts, bushrangers and local characters like Tasmania's most feared hangman.
The most noticeable silhouette on the Oatlands skyline and visible from the highway is Callington Mill. Built in 1837, this Lincolnshire tower mill is the only operating mill of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.
On the edge of town is Lake Dulverton, a popular fishing and recreation spot with birdlife on the shores and lovely walks and picnic areas.
Oatlands is a working town that's fast becoming one of Tasmania's favourite places for day trips and stopovers. With all this and more, it's well worth the short detour off the Midland Highway.
Oatlands is a 1-hr drive (83 km) north of Hobart or 1.5-hr drive (116 km) south of Launceston.
- Walk along historic Campbell Street past the Court House built by convicts in 1829, the Old Gaol (only the entrance gates remain) and a row of colonial cottages