Bothwell is the gateway to Tasmania's central highlands and a fine example of Tasmania's colonial heritage with more than 50 classified buildings. Settled by Scottish pioneer farmers in the early 1820s, the town retains an old-world charm with wide open streets and lovely 19th century buildings clustered around the trees and grass of Queens Park. Bothwell is also home to Ratho, one of Australia's oldest golf courses, laid in the mid-1830s. Today you can play Ratho's nine holes with its square putting greens, and visit the Australasian Golf Museum. Bothwell is a good base for fishing or exploring Tasmania's highlands.