Package Holidays in Tasmania
Hamilton Derwent Valley Tasmania Australia
Situated in the South East region of Tasmania, some 74kms northwest of Hobart, the historic Hamilton is an unspoilt 19th Century village on the tranquil Clyde River. The National Trust-classified town offers the chance to experience the charm of the olden days. In the municipality of the Central Highlands Council, a mere 300 souls reside in Hamilton.
Tasmania is jam-jacked with significant historic sites and Hamilton is no exception. Visitors can marvel at the charming heritage buildings surrounded by farmland such as the 1856-bult Old Schoolhouse and the 1837-built St Peters Church. Built by convicts in 1840, Glen Clyde House also contains an award-winning craft gallery. For an insight into Hamiltons history, interesting artefacts and memorabilia are found at the Hamilton Heritage Museum. The Hamilton Sheep Centre is not to miss, offering demonstrations of sheep shearing methods and working farm dogs.
Hamilton - Near by
Just south of Hamilton, Meadowbank Lake offers a great day out for picnicking, boating, waterskiing and trout fishing. Some 38kms southeast of Hamilton, the historic town of New Norfolk emits an old English feel with some of the last buildings of their kind in Australia. Approximately the same distance northeast of Hamilton, the historic town of Bothwell boasts more than 50 buildings from the early 1800s. Australias first ever golf course is also situated here, as well as an interesting golf museum.
National Park Mt Field
Situated approximately a 30-minute drive from Hamilton, Mt Field National Park is one of Australias oldest reserves. The much-visited park consists of the popular skiing destination of Mount Mawson, the beautiful Russell Falls, spectacular mountainous scenery, and abundant wildlife. Interestingly, the last known Tasmanian tiger was captured here in the 1930s.
The area was settled in 1808 and by the 1830s Hamilton became a bustling transport centre that contained many Inns and a number of working breweries. Hamilton was once destined to be the capital of Tasmania, and this is evident in the towns street formations.