Brighton Tourism & Travel
Situated in the South East Region of Tasmania, Brighton is just 26kms north of Hobart and some 171kms south of Launceston. Brightons central locality is ideal for exploring the surrounding area. Quaint historic towns border the north, east and west of the Township, while the buzzing capital city of Hobart is just a short drive away. For nature lovers, the spectacular landscape of Mt Field National Park is also within reach. In the municipality of the Brighton Council, Brighton has 14,329 souls.
Brighton - Near by
As the perfect base to explore nearby historic towns and the vibrant capital city of Hobart, Brighton allows for the best of both worlds. Just 25 minutes southwest of Brighton is the charming historic town of New Norfolk, with some of the oldest buildings in Australia. Learn about Tasmanias rich heritage and take in the many historic sites around the town of Richmond, just 19kms east of Brighton. A 45-minute drive north leads to the quaint historic town of Oatlands comprising of the largest collection of Georgian architecture in Australia.
One of the oldest local shows, the Brighton Agricultural Show retains a genuine country vibe. Wood chopping, a sideshow alley, animals, food, baby quest and free entertainment are just some of the amusements the agricultural show has to offer.
National Park Mt Field
One of Australias first National Parks, Mt Field National Park boasts spectacular mountainous scenery and abundant wildlife. Just under an hours drive west of Brighton, the reserve contains the popular skiing destination of Mount Mawson and the breathtakingly beautiful Russell Falls. Sadly, the last Tasmanian Tiger was captured here during the 1930s.
Named by NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie in the early 1820s, Brighton was originally intended as the capital of Van Diemens Land, as it possessed all the right qualities of a town. In 1826 a military post was established, and Brighton became the location for the Brighton Military Camp until the mid 1990s.
Today, the town of Brighton and its surrounding area is experiencing an increase in light industrial use, serviced by both road & rail. The Brighton Training Centre currently operates as a training facility serving the thoroughbred, trotting & pacing industry.