Town centre, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1055

Just south of Launceston is this classified town, with beautiful buildings of historical and architectural importance. Cyclists come from as far as the Czech Republic for the annual Penny Farthing Championships, a race along the triangular circuit in the centre of the town.

Visitor Information

Tourism and History Centre, 18 High St; (03) 6391 8128


Nearby national parks

  • Ben Lomond National Park

    Ben Lomond National Park, enclosing the largest alpine plateau in the state, is a mountain environment with extensive and dramatic dolerite...more

  • Mole Creek Karst National Park

    Over 200 caves make up the Mole Creek karst system. The national park comprises a dozen separate blocks, creating a park almost as complex...more

  • Douglas–Apsley National Park

    Situated between the Douglas and Apsley rivers, this national park spans rugged hills of superb dry sclerophyll forest. Its tranquil...more

Nearby towns

  • Longford

    Longford was established when numerous settlers from Norfolk Island were given land grants in the area in 1813. Fittingly, the district...more

  • Hadspen

    Hadspen's best known resident, Thomas Reibey III, became premier of Tasmania after being fired as archdeacon of Launceston's Church...more

  • Launceston

    Tasmania's second largest city and a busy tourist centre, Launceston lies nestled in northern hilly country where the Tamar, North...more

In Town

Heritage walk Evandale is best appreciated with a copy of the brochure Let's Talk About Evandale, which lists over 35 historic buildings and sites in the town and many more in the district. Among them are Blenheim (1832), which was once a hotel, St Andrews Uniting Church (1840) with its classic bell-tower and Doric columns, and the former Presbyterian Manse (1840). Brochure available from visitor centre.

Miniature railway: steam railway; open Sun; adjacent to market, Logan Rd.


Clarendon House Just north of Nile is the stunning National Trust residence, Clarendon House. It was built in 1836 by James Cox, a wealthy grazier and merchant, and has been restored by the National Trust. Clarendon's high-ceilinged rooms, extensive formal gardens and range of connected buildings (dairy, bakehouse, gardener's cottage and stable) make it one of the most impressive Georgian houses in Australia. (03) 6398 6220; 8 km S.

Ben Lomond National Park Site of Tasmania's largest alpine area and premier ski resort, this park has both downhill and cross-country skiing, with ski tows and ski hire. Ben Lomond Range is a plateau rising to over 1575m. The park also offers walking tracks and picnic areas in summer. Legges Tor, the second highest point in Tasmania, has spectacular views. The area blooms with alpine wildflowers in summer. Contact Parks & Wildlife Service on 1300 135 513; 47 km E.

Symmons Plains International Raceway: venue for national V8 Supercars meeting in Nov. A track is open for conditional public use; bookings on (03) 6398 2952; 10 km S.

John Glover's grave: burial site of prominent Tasmanian artist beside church designed by Glover; Deddington; 24 km SE.

Trout fishing: in North Esk and South Esk rivers.

Fishing spots near town

Lake River 37 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

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamar Island 17 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

Forest Ecocentre, Scottsdale 51 km

The uniquely designed building is probably the key attraction here. Designed to use 20 per cent less energy than conventional structures, it has a building within a building, with a central funnel and large fan. Learn... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Clarendon Arms Hotel

Built in a commanding position in the centre of Evandale on the site of convict cells and a watch house, this historic two-storey pub was first licensed in 1847. It has been a tourist attraction since 1978 when artist... Find out more

Ingleside Bakery

This atmospheric country bakery is housed in the elegant 1867 Municipal Chambers, where it bakes crusty sourdough breads, mouth-watering pastries, gourmet quiches and buttery cookies in a fabulous old wood-fired oven.... Find out more

Josef Chromy Cellar Door Cafe

Overlooking the lakeside vineyard, this is the perfect setting for a glass of bubbly and gourmet platter of antipasto, cheeses and fruit for two. If you settle in for a long lunch, their innovative tasting plate matches... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 18 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

Myrtle Park Recreation Ground 30 km

This delightful camping area is next to the pretty St Patricks River at Targa, about halfway between Launceston and Scottsdale on the Tasman Hwy (A3). The camping area is beside riverbank willows, and there’s... Find out more

Ben Lomond camping area 31 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

Andy’s Motorhome and Caravan Park 34 km

Behind Westbury’s 24 hr bakery cafe, this motorhome park is a convenient stopover 30 min from Launceston. Its great facilities include a laundry, dump point and wireless hotspot. While you’re here, check out... Find out more

Bush camping 35 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

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 38 km

In the middle of Tasmania’s north-eastern wine region, 2.5 km north of the little township of Lilydale on Golconda Rd (B81), this pleasant campground has shady sites beneath mature trees. The playground, picnic... Find out more

Lower Liffey camping area 41 km

Liffey Falls is a series of beautiful waterfalls – all of which can be viewed from observation decks – cascading through dense myrtle rainforest on the edge of the Great Western Tiers. Access is via Lake Hwy... Find out more

Northeast Park camping area 50 km

Surrounded by beautiful parkland, trees and lakes, this pretty camping ground is 1 km east of Scottsdale on the A3. There is a playground on-site and you can stay at the park for up to 7 days, giving you plenty of time... Find out more

Griffin camping area 52 km

Along the banks of the South Esk River are pleasant, grassed camping sites close to a network of tracks heading into the North East Forests, so this place is ideal if you are into trail bikes or ATVs. There is good trout... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 10 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 15 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

Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 50 km

With good facilities, this park is about a oneand- a-half hour drive to Cradle Mountain and about half that to Great Lake. There are good bushwalks in the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Grandma’s House

Surrounded by 150-year-old elms, box hedges and topiary, and reached along a driveway lined with white roses, you’d expect this lovely cottage to be a heritage building but, although its neighbours are Georgian... Find out more

Greg and Gill’s Place

Evandale is a collector’s paradise with antique shops and a Sunday bric-a-brac market. At this B&B the owners’ love of collecting is matched by the fabulous model steam train track on display. The gabled... Find out more

Wesleyan Chapel

This little community church is old by any measure. It was built by the Wesleyan community in 1836, just one year after John Batman left the newly named Evandale to found Melbourne. The chapel’s interior is modern,... Find out more

Solomon Cottage

When convict Joseph Solomon built this bakery in 1838 to supply bread for the settlers around Evandale it was built to last. These days it’s no longer producing crusty wood-fired loaves but instead has been reborn... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Perth park area 6 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Myrtle Park camping area 31 km

T/O 31km SW of Scottsdale (R) or 31km NE of Launceston (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of St Patricks River.

Conara rest area 33 km

At Conara

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

Sideling Lookout park area 38 km

17km SW of Scottsdale (L) or 45km NE of Launceston (R)

Adjacent to the highway with good views over the surrounding countryside.

Campbell Town rest area 45 km

At Campbell Town

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

Scottsdale rest area 51 km

At Scottsdale

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

What's on around town

Market: over 100 stalls; Falls Park, Russell St; Sun.

Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships: largest annual event in the world devoted to racing antique bicycles; Feb.

Railex: model railway exhibition; Mar.

Glover Prize: Australia's second richest art prize; Mar.

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