Package Holidays in Tasmania
Campbelltown Launceston Tasmania Australia
Situated on the banks of the Elizabeth River, some 68kms from Launceston and 134kms from Hobart in Tasmania, the charming old country town of Campbell Town is rich in local history and boasts many fascinating historical structures. With close proximity to the ski fields of Ben Lomond National Park and the excellent fishing spots of the nearby lakes and rivers, Campbell Town is a great base to undertake many recreational pursuits.
Campbell Town Attractions
Interesting historic buildings are found about Campbell Town such as the Grange, designed by a convict architect in the late 1840s; the 1834 Foxhunters Return; the 1939-built St Lukes Church; and the 1836 convict-built Red Bridge which is the oldest of its kind in Australia. For a further insight into the history of the area, the Heritage Highway Museum showcases the history of the Midlands region and features intriguing displays on the first ever around the world flight navigation by the famous Campbell Town-born, Harold Gatty.
Campbell Town Events
The Campbell Town Agricultural Show proudly holds the title as the longest continually run show in the British Commonwealth. Family fun-filled entertainment and all the joys of a genuine country show enliven Campbell Town every year. Visitors can also experience the excitement of the Great Painting Race between northern and southern Tasmanian artists whilst enjoying the accompaniment of great food and entertainment.
Campbell Town - Near by
Great fishing spots are found near Campbell Town, including the nearby Macquarie River and Lake Leake. To the south, the quaint historic town of Ross is renowned for its famous convict-built Ross Bridge, charming shops, cafes and bakeries. The thriving hub of Launceston boasts charming historic streetscapes and a wealth of magnificent natural attractions, proving to be the ideal destination to explore on a day trip from Campbell Town.
National Park Ben Lomond
The nearby Ben Lomond National Park consists of the largest alpine area and the only downhill skiing field in Tasmania. Bushwalking and picnicking is popular during the warmer months and beautiful Alpine wildflowers abound in summer. The plateau of Ben Lomond boasts towering cliffs and magnificent glacial features, popular with rock climbers and abseilers alike. The stunning scenery of Ben Lomond National Park can be taken in on the Jacobs ladder walk trail, leading to a lookout point with expansive views to Flinders Island.
Campbell Town History
British Military Officer and Colonial Administrator, Governor Lachlan Macquarie named the town after his wifes family during a visit in 1821. Since then, Campbell Town has made history numerous times. The first telephone call ever to be made in the Southern Hemisphere was from Campbell Town to Launceston, and the British Commonwealths first ever agricultural show was held in Campbell Town in 1839. Interestingly, Campbell Town was also the birthplace of Harold Gatty, the very first person to fly around the world.
Campbell Town Today
Today, Campbell Town is both the centre of the sheep-farming region of Tasmania and the retail centre for much of the southern part of the Northern Midlands Council. A population of 755 souls reside in Campbell Town.