The history of the Heritage Highway region is intrinsically linked to the extraordinary road builidng that occurred in Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the 19th century. An overland route through the Midlands was pioneered by the Surveyor General, Charles Grimes as early as 1807; remarkably it is the route we continue to travel today. By 1819, there was a rough and winding track of about 160 miles between Hobart Town and Port Dalrymple in the north, well worn by cattle, sheep and carts. It was the task of a Major Thomas Bell of the 48th Regiment to
Clarendon one of Australia's grandest houses set in a parkland on the banks of the South Esk River. The heritage walled gardens and colonial outbuildings, all convict built are a part of the not to be missed experience. The Australian Fly Fishing Museum embraces the joy of fresh water fishing in Tasmania with interpretation on some of Australia's most prominent fly fishing people. The site is also used by filmmakers and prominent photographers for an elegant rural setting and unmatched atmosphere. A lovely spot to hold your special wedding "A wedding set in history".
Woolmers Estate is Australia's finest example of a pioneer farm of the early 1800s. The Estate has a collection of Georgian farm buildings, antique cars, photographs, art and furniture. It displays a remarkable journey from the first Thomas Archer, who settled the property in 1817, to the present day. For six generations the Thomas Archer family’s descendants lived in the estate. They were known never to sell their possessions, thus creating a complete time capsule. Guided house tours operate Monday to Saturday at 1115, 1230, 1400 and 1530 plus an extra 1000 tour in summer. The tour takes approximately 45