Campbell Town

Red Bridge, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 776

This small town has been prominent in Tasmania's history: the first telephone call in the Southern Hemisphere was made from here to Launceston; the British Commonwealth's first agricultural show was held here in 1839, and the event is still held today; and it is the birthplace of Harold Gatty, the first person to fly around the world.

Visitor Information

Heritage Highway Museum and Visitor Centre, 103 High St; (03) 6381 1353

Nearby national parks

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  • Douglas–Apsley National Park

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  • Freycinet National Park

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  • Evandale

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In Town

Heritage buildings Of the 35 heritage buildings listed on the National Estate, The Grange, an old manor house built in the centre of town in 1840, is possibly the grandest. Others include the Fox Hunter's Return, Campbell Town Inn and Red Bridge, a 3-arched structure built over the Elizabeth River by convicts in the 1830s. There is a map in Grange Park at the northern end of High Street that lists the main historic buildings.

Heritage Highway Museum: displays on local history and the first round-the-world flight navigation; 103 High St.


Fishing: Macquarie River, just west of town, and Lake Leake, 30 km E, are 2 good trout-fishing spots in the area.

Fishing spots near town

Lake River 35 km

‘Tasmania is in drought, we simply don’t have enough water,’ said my guide Roger Butler as we departed Hobart for Lake River, which joins the Macquarie River south of Launceston. We reached our... Find out more

Arthurs Lake 52 km

Tasmanians claim that ‘even novices can catch trout in Arthurs Lake’. This probably explains why this waterway is Tasmania’s most popular trout fishery, hosting more anglers than any other water... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamar Island 62 km

This important wetland habitat just 10 minutes from the heart of Launceston features a great bird-viewing hide, 3.2 kilometres of easy walking tracks and an interpretation centre.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Campbell Town Hotel

This typical country pub bistro in the Campbell Town Hotel serves counter meals daily to locals and passing tourists. The hotel has gaming facilities and budget-priced accommodation so there’s a regular clientele... Find out more

Zeps Cafe

A big city vibe and the most sought-after coffee on the Midland Highway ensure this black-and-white shopfront cafe is always busy. A tasty macchiato is not the only treat on offer, as you’ll also find stuffed... Find out more

St Andrews Inn

As you sit down to a candlelit dinner in the elegant dining room of this convict-built, 1845 coaching inn, warmed by an open fire, you can feel the history of the place and easily imagine who might have sat here 100... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 62 km

With several different owners over the past 100 years, J. Boag and Son typifies the sometimes turbulent history of Australian brewing and the minor miracle of surviving at all into the 21st century. Scotsman James Boag... Find out more

Campsites around town

Lake Leake camping area 27 km

Back in the 1880s, this lake was created for Campbell Town’s water supply. Today it is a premium trout water, regularly stocked with brook and rainbow trout, and said to offer some of Tasmania’s best early-... Find out more

Dago Point camping area 36 km

Among tall trees along the Lake Sorell foreshore are about 100 gloriously secluded camping spots. It is more than likely you’ll be the only one here. There is plenty of firewood, an old water tank (boil or treat... Find out more

Woods Lake camping area (bush camping) 42 km

There are bush-camping sites between the boat ramp and the dam wall, as well as around the north-eastern edge of the lake. No facilities are provided, so you need to bring firewood and water. Because this is a popular... Find out more

Lake Dulverton Roadside Stopover camping area 43 km

A stopover here is worthwhile to check out the historic town of Oatlands. Visit the restored working Callington Mill, or take a walking tour around the town, nature walk around the lake or drive around the district on... Find out more

Bush camping 46 km

Bushwalkers can camp anywhere in the park, as long as they are at least 500 m from any road. You’ll need to carry drinking water and a gas/fuel stove, and be prepared for all weather conditions. Walkers should... Find out more

Ben Lomond camping area 48 km

At the picnic area beside the road, 1 km inside the park boundary, there are 6 camping sites in an area of beautiful lowland gums, mountain pepper bushes and snowberries. The water here should be boiled or treated before... Find out more

Jonah Bay camping area 49 km

Most of the camping is around the boat ramp but there are also some more isolated campsites on the edge of the scrub at the other end of Jonah Bay, accessed via a track 100 m from the ramp. Turn east along Gunns Marsh Rd... Find out more

Pumphouse Bay camping area 53 km

This beautifully maintained, scenic campground beside Arthurs Lake has open, grassed areas among the trees that are perfect for larger rigs. The lake is not just for anglers: campers of all kinds love this place,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ross Caravan Park 12 km

Close to the centre of town, on the banks of the Macquarie River and adjoining historic buildings, this small, appealing park is one of the better parks in the midlands. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 48 km

This park, with good amenities, is located on the banks of the Macquarie River, only a few hundred metres from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 60 km

Launceston has just this one caravan park. It is about 2 km south of the city centre and is easily accessible from the freeway when approaching from the south. The park has good facilities and is a good base to use when... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Broadwater on Macquarie

You don’t have to venture far from the Midland Highway to leave the busy tourist trail behind, and this modern, light-filled cabin on the historic Barton property is a chance to experience rural solitude and some... Find out more

Foxhunters Return

When this 1833 convict-built inn was renovated they found the floorboards at the original bar had been worn so thin they had to be replaced, but this fine National Trust–listed building still remains much as it was... Find out more

The Gables

Behind a large cypress hedge, this gracious 1924 Art Deco B&B is surrounded by shaded lawns and traditional English gardens. There are three guest suites with tea and coffee-making facilities and a shared bathroom in... Find out more

St Andrews Inn

Dating from 1845, the St Andrews Inn was built by convict labour as a coaching inn and is reputed to have been a regular stopover for bushranging gangs on the highway. Restored to its colonial glory, it is now a... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Campbell Town rest area 1 km

At Campbell Town

On the banks of the river on the south side of town.

Conara rest area 12 km

At Conara

Just off the highway at the turn-off into town.

Ross park area 12 km

At Ross

At the historic bridge on the road into town.

St Peters Pass rest area 36 km

8km N of Oatlands (R) or 28km S of Ross (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Oatlands rest area 43 km

At Oatlands

On the banks of Lake Dulverton, just off the main street.

Perth park area 48 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Jonah Bay camping area 50 km

T/O 13km SE of Miena (L) or 43km NW of Bothwell (R)

Among trees on the edge of a lake 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Poatina and Gunns Marsh rds.

Lagoon of Islands rest area 51 km

T/O at Steppes

On the shores of a lake 4km (unsealed) east of the highway.

Swansea park area 53 km

At Swansea

On the south side of town via the esplanade.

Pumphouse Bay camping area 54 km

T/O 13km SE of Miena (L) or 43km NW of Bothwell (R)

On the edge of a lake 6km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Poatina Rd.

Cressy Beach park area 55 km

44km NE of Triabunna (R) or 5km SW of Swansea (L)

Secluded in scrub just off the highway on the foreshore.

Mayfield Bay camping area 55 km

34km N of Triabunna (R) or 15km S of Swansea (L)

Just off the highway among trees on the foreshore with excellent coastal views.

Spikey Beach park area 55 km

42km NE of Triabunna (R) or 7km S of Swansea (L)

Just off the highway and on the foreshore.

Blackburn Creek rest area 56 km

29km SE of Miena (R) or 27km NW of Bothwell (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Little Swanport rest area 58 km

21km N of Triabunna (L) or 28km S of Swansea (R)

On the north side of the bridge at the Swanport River.

Pub With No Beer rest area 63 km

3km SE of Bothwell (R) or 18km NW of Midland Hwy (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Moulting Lagoon camping area 64 km

T/O 34km NE of Swansea (R) or 9km SW of Bicheno (L)

On the foreshore surrounded by scrub 22km south of the highway via Coles Bay Rd.

Denison Beach rest area 65 km

6km N of Bicheno (R) or 51km S of Scamander (L)

Very small secluded area surrounded by scrub near the foreshore and adjacent to the highway.

What's on around town

Market: Town Hall; 4th Sun each month.

Great Painting Race: Jan.

Agricultural show: Australia's oldest; June.

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