Historic Campbell Town has an impressive collection of colonial buildings with many antique and speciality shops.
Situated on the tranquil Elizabeth River, the town is a service and supplies centre for travellers between Launceston and Hobart. That's the way it was designed back in the early 1800s and it's still the main place to stop, stretch your legs and refuel for travellers today.
The town was named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie after his wife's family name during a visit in 1821. The river is also named after her; her name was Elizabeth and you'll find her name popping up repeatedly across southern and central Tasmania.
Campbell Town is full of colonial history and a self-guided walk that follows the Convict Brick Trail along High Street reveals the individual stories of Tasmania's convicts.You can learn more about the town's history at the Campbell Town Museum.
There are some impressive colonial structures to admire along the way, including the famous Red Bridge. Built by convicts in the 1830s, it's said to contain one million bricks and these days carries more than two million vehicles each year.
There are good eateries for quick snacks or long lunches, plus shops of all sorts and lovely picnic spots by the river.
Head east for trout fishing at Lake Leake and further on for Freycinet National Park and the east coast.
Campbell Town is a 45-min drive (70 km) from Launceston.
- Starting at the Red Bridge, follow the convict brick trail through the town and enjoy its early colonial architecture
- Visit the Book Cellar, a second hand bookshop set in extensive cellars hidden beneath the convict-built coaching inn, The Foxhunters Return