South Esk River, Dennis Harding / Auscape International

Population 1929

Hadspen's best known resident, Thomas Reibey III, became premier of Tasmania after being fired as archdeacon of Launceston's Church of England. Reibey was prepared to fund construction of Hadspen's Church of the Good Shepherd, but withdrew his offer after a dispute with the bishop, who allegedly discovered Reibey's unorthodox sexual preferences and refused the 'tainted' money. As a result, the church only reached completion in 1961, more than 100 years later.

Visitor Information

Launceston Travel and Information Centre, Cornwall Square Transit Centre, 12–16 St John St, Launceston; (03) 6336 3133 or 1800 651 827


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

  • Walls of Jerusalem National Park

    Walls of Jerusalem, the fourth largest and the most remote national park in Tasmania, is a stunning landscape of huge rock faces, ancient...more

Nearby towns

  • Launceston

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

  • Longford

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

  • Evandale

    Just south of Launceston is this classified town, with beautiful buildings of historical and architectural importance. Cyclists come from as...more

In Town

Historic buildings: Hadspen's Main Rd is lined with heritage buildings, including the Red Feather Inn (c. 1844) and Hadspen Gaol (c. 1840).


Entally House Thomas Reibey's original abode, built in 1819, is one of the most impressive heritage homes in the state. Entally has sprawling gardens (maintained by Parks & Wildlife Service), Regency furniture and other antiques, as well as a stunning riverside location on the South Esk River. 1 km W.

Carrick: neighbouring town with historical buildings. It hosts Agfest, one of Australia's biggest agricultural field days, in May; 10 km SW.

Tasmanian Copper Gallery: sales and exhibitions of original copper artworks; 1 Church St, Carrick; 10 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake River 42 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 9 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

Carrick Inn

Head to this 1833 coaching inn for one of those counter meals that have been on offer in Australian pubs for decades – garlic prawns, rump steak with mushroom sauce, chicken parmigiana or roast of the day –... Find out more

Rutherglen Cafe

This big and busy cafe and bistro attached to a large holiday accommodation complex is focused on family dining. Forget the niceties of silver service and white tablecloths; instead, there are solid wooden tables and a... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 9 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

Andy’s Motorhome and Caravan Park 19 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

Lower Liffey camping area 32 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

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 32 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

Myrtle Park Recreation Ground 32 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

Caravan parks around town

Treasure Island Caravan Park 7 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

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 11 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

Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 35 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

Red Feather Inn

In 1843 the Red Feather Inn was a welcome sight at the end of a full day’s coach travel on the road from Launceston. More than 165 years later, the travel time is only 15 minutes and the inn has been reborn as an... Find out more

The Stables at Hawthorn Villa

Surrounded by significant historic gardens with huge sequoia trees and drifts of spring bulbs, this is one of those wonderfully historic places Tasmania is famous for. Hawthorn Villa was built next to the Liffey River in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Perth park area 11 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Myrtle Park camping area 32 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.

Sideling Lookout park area 40 km

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

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

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