Longford Tourism & Travel
Situated in the North East Region of Tasmania, Longford is some 185kms north of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania and 22kms south of Launceston. The quaint historic town of Longford houses magnificent old buildings and estates just waiting to be explored. Charming rural town events enliven the country spirit every year, and award-winning wineries are just a short drive away. In the municipality of the Northern Midlands Council, Longford has 4226 souls.
The town of Longford contains many colonial buildings of historical significance. Brickendon historic estate is comprised of an old farming village, heritage gardens, and numerous historical sites to explore. The 1817 Woolmers Estate, is set amongst the National Rose Gardens with over 4000 roses to take in. Numerous antique galleries and art and craft shops are also nearby, as well as some great trout fishing locations.
The Blessing of the Harvest Festival, including a street parade and country produce stalls; the Elders Longford Cup, which is part of the summer racing carnival; and The Longford Garden Festival, all attract many visitors to Longford every year.
Longford - Near by
The endless sightseeing, attractions and historic streets of Launceston are within close proximity to Longford. The second largest city in Tasmania, Launceston is located near the Tamar Valley Wine Route comprised of fine food and award-winning cool-climate wines. The charming historic towns of Deloraine and Evandale are also nearby, consisting of beautiful buildings of historical and architectural significance.
The Longford Township was originally called Norfolk Plains when land grants were given in 1812 to free settlers from the abandoned colony of Norfolk Island.
However, Launcestons first postmaster, Newman Williatt founded the Longford Township in 1827 after building an Inn named the Longford Hotel. During the 1950s and early 1960s, the streets of Longford doubled as a racetrack for numerous car races including three of the Australian Grand Prix.
Today, the largest head of stock in Tasmania is located within Longford. Once farmed for wheat, the land was replaced with peas, poppies, and grains in recent times.