Ross Tourism & Travel
Situated on the Macquarie River in the Central Midlands region of Tasmania, Ross is some 78kms south of Launceston, and 117kms north of Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. The quaint and historic town of Ross exerts an authentic village atmosphere. Cobble-style paths line the streets of this beautiful convict-built sandstone town of many significant historic sites. Situated in the municipality of the Northern Midlands Council, Ross has a population of 272 souls.
The famous convict-built Ross Bridge with beautiful stone carvings along the side is one of the oldest bridges in Australia.
Interestingly, the towns layout consists of four corners representing Temptation, Recreation, Salvation, and Damnation, each with a landmark corresponding to each title.
A heritage walk takes in 40 historic sites such as the Ross Female Factory, one of two female prisons during the convict period, and Rosss original burial ground.
The Village Fine Arts store contains paintings by famous Australian artists such as David Boyd, and the significant Tasmanian Wool Centre houses a museum and wool exhibition, providing an insight into the wool industry.
Ross Restaurants and Cafes
Many of the eateries are situated along Church St, such as the Old Ross General Store and Tearoom famous for its scallop pie and Devonshire teas. Also along the main street is the iconic Ross Bakery, with the capacity to bake more than 300 loaves of bread, and has been operating for more than a century.
Ross - Near by
World-class fly-fishing for brown trout is a popular pastime in the Macquarie River, with some of Tasmanias best trout fishing lakes are within an hours drive from Ross.
Other quaint and historic towns within reach of Ross include Campbell Town to the north and Oatlands to the south.
Pioneering surveyor, Charles Grimes was the first European to explore the district, however the town of Ross wasnt proclaimed unil 1821 when the British military officer and colonial administrator, Governor Lachlan Macquarie passed through the area on an expedition. Subsequently, Ross became an important stopover between Launceston and Hobart and an important centre for trade servicing the surrounding district. Approximately 12,000 female convicts passed through the female prison factory, called the Female Factory between 1848 and 1854.
Ross is renowned for tourism, and for the premium fine wool produced in the Central Midlands area and showcased at the Tasmanian Wool Centre.