Winding from Launceston to Hobart, the Heritage Highway traces the path of convict history in the early 1800s. Steeped in history, beautiful nature and many sights to see, the route is a dive into the past for visitors curious about Australia’s colonial history. The route is only a two-hour drive if you drive straight from Launceston to Hobart, but you’ll want to take it slow so you can explore all the attractions the Heritage Highway has to offer! Here are a few of Heritage Highway’s historical highlights.
Visit Evandale during February to see the delightful National Penny Farthing Championship Race in action! The race is part of the Evandale Village Fair, where they have a range of exciting entertainment, such as a grand parade, veteran car displays and live music.
Stroll down the Convict Farm Walk in between Brickendon and Woolmers Estate and explore the grounds of both these incredible estates. These buildings were awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2010 for their historical significance in telling the story of the convict assignment system, which operated in Van Diemen’s Land (what Tasmania was known as) until 1840.
Eat bread baked in a brick woodfire oven that is more than a century old! Stop for lunch at Ross Bakery, where the oven has the capacity to bake 300 loaves at a time. The bakery is also well known for its vanilla slice and delicious scallop pies. Ross Bakery is also an unlikely hotspot for anime fans – many of them believe that it is an inspiration for the protagonist’s home in Kiki’s Delivery Service, a film about a young witch that lives above a bakery.
For more Heritage Highway tips, make sure that you check out the next issue of Caravanning Australia!
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