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Westbury is a classic Georgian village, surrounded by hedgerows and bursting with old English charm.

Nestled under the Great Western Tiers, Westbury was a major stopping point between Hobart and the North West, however despite becoming the largest military community in Tasmania, the town failed to grow beyond a small population of convicts and free settlers.

Time may have stood still, but Westbury ticks on today as a classified historic town with plenty of attractions and charm. Its delightful streetscape includes stately inns, churches, homesteads, shops and public buildings restored to their former glory. Many now trade as antique shops and galleries showing the work of local artists and photographers.

Train lovers flock to the largest collection of antique steam engines in the world at Pearn's Steam World while the 170 year-old open garden and hedge maze at Westbury Maze and Tea Room will delight green thumbs, the young and the young at heart.

Other historic buildings house collections of vintage cars, toys and antiques. In fact Westbury could easily become known as the 'village of collectors'.

Westbury is a delightful base for exploring the many nearby attractions, from Launceston and the Tamar Valley to the gems of Tasmania's north-west.

Westbury is a 25-min drive (34 km) west of Launceston.

Local tips

  • Take in the tranquil Culzean Gardens (pronounced Cullane), a delightful garden with a 1.2 hectare lake surrounded by thousands of water irises in season