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Tasmania, or lutruwita by its palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) name, is a small island with a long history.

It’s one of the few places on Earth with landscapes unchanged from the time of the ancient Gondwana supercontinent. It’s also a place of unique biodiversity, human culture that dates back 2000 generations, and some of Australia's best-preserved colonial history.

Guide to the finest old buildings

Tasmania's heritage buildings are more than just a pretty backdrop for an island getaway. For those with an interest in history, these impressive historic structures are a key to unlock Australia’s architectural and colonial past.

Top Historic Buildings

Exterior looking up at Launceston GPO Clock, Launceston.

Great old pubs

It’s unclear where to draw Tasmania’s beer line – between the north, which favours James Boag’s, and the south, where they drink Cascade.

But have fun trying to work it out by stepping inside a few of the state’s charming historic pubs.

Great old pubs of Tasmania

Exterior shot of Empire Hotel, Queenstown.

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