campbell town, tasmania

The Historic Red Bridge at Campbell Town

The North East of Tasmania is one of the most populous regions of the island and is home to the towns of Launceston, Exeter, Georgetown, Scottsdale and Deloraine. Many of the towns and regional centres in this part of Tasmania are not unlike traditional English towns and maintain their early colonial character to this day.

Places of Interest

Launceston is the largest regional centre in the north of the island and features attractions like Cataract George (with the world’s longest single span chairlift), City Park (featuring a Japanese Macaque Monkey enclosure) and Tasmania Zoo.

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Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania

Longford features houses built by convicts, antique shops and the surrounding landscape of an English countryside. The quiet town of Perth, located to the south of Launceston, has nearly forty convict built buildings.

Campbell Town was an important town during the colonial era and has many convict built buildings. The Foxhunters Return Inn and the Red Bridge are two must see places in the town. The ‘Red Bridge’ was constructed by the convicts using half a million handmade bricks.

The town of Ross lies at a 10 minute drive from Campbell Town. It is considered to be the wool growing epicentre of Tasmania. The main attraction of this sleepy town is the Ross Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in Australia. The carvings done by convict stonemasons are the highlight of the bridge, and another significant attraction in Ross is the Ross Female Convict Station.

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The Convict Constructed Bridge at Ross, Tasmania