Pontville Tourism & Travel
Situated in the South East region of Tasmania, Pontville is some 28kms North of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania and 172kms south of Launceston. The small rural town of Pontville with its charming old buildings is a great base to visit the many other intriguing little historic villages nearby. Discover the Tasmanian Devil at Bonorong Wildlife Park, explore the spectacular landscape of Mt Field National Park, or experience the nearby capital city of Hobart and all its metropolitan delights. In the municipality of the Brighton Council, Pontville has a population of 1400 souls.
Many of Pontvilles quaint historic buildings remain today, such as the 1841 St Marks Church, The Sheiling built in 1819 and the 1800s soldiers quarters, The Row.
The popular Bonorong Wildlife Park, just a short drive from the Pontville town centre, houses Tasmanian Devils and other fascinating native Australian animals.
Pontville - Near by
The nearby historic towns of Brighton, Tea Tree, Bagdad, Broadmarsh, and Kempton also have well preserved historic buildings to take in. For an escape to a more metropolitan environment, the vibrant capital of Hobart is just under a 30-minute drive away.
National Park Mt Field
Just under an hours drive from Pontville, Mt Field National Park boasts spectacular mountainous scenery, abundant wildlife, the spectacular Russell Falls, and great skiing on Mount Mawson in winter. Interestingly, the last Tasmanian Tiger was trapped within the Mt Field National Park in the 1930s.
Europeans first explored the region during the severe food shortages of the early 1800s in Hobart. To resolve the food supply crisis, soldiers hunted kangaroos and emus in the area. One soldier, Private Hugh Germain, allegedly came up with unusual names for the region such as Bagdad, Jericho, and Jordan River. Folklore has it that Germain found his inspiration from copies that he carried around of Arabian Nights and The Bible. Pontville was later declared a town in 1830.