Hollybank Forest Reserve, Geoffrey Lea / Auscape International

Population 292

Originally called Germantown, this small north-eastern township is better known for the 'English-style' of its gardens and the almost French quality of its countryside. Yet the bushwalks through surrounding reserves and waterfalls are distinctly Australian, with native temperate rainforests lining the trails.

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

  • Mount William National Park

    Tucked away in the remote north-east corner of the state, Mount William National Park is fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons...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

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

  • Exeter

    Exeter is a small community in Tasmania's north-east, best known for its scenic surroundings. It lies just north of Launceston, in the...more

  • Scottsdale

    Scottsdale, the major town in Tasmania's north-east, serves some of the richest agricultural and forestry country in the state. Indeed, as...more

In Town

Painted Poles: scattered throughout the village centre are 15 hydro poles painted by professional and community artists to show the local history.


Lilydale Falls Situated within the temperate rainforest of Lilydale Park, the waterfall is at the end of a pleasant 5 min walk through ferns and eucalypts. A picnic area and playground are on-site, as well as 2 oak trees planted in 1937 from acorns picked near Windsor Castle in England to commemorate the coronation of King George VI. 3 km N.

Tamar Valley wine region: numerous vineyards between Lilydale and Pipers Brook include Providence (4 km N), Clover Hill (12 km N) and Brook Eden (15 km N); see also Launceston and Bridport; brochure from visitor centre.

Walker Rhododendron Reserve: 12 ha park reputed to have the best rhododendron display in Australia. Other species are also on display; Lalla; 4 km W.

Appleshed: teahouse with local art and craft; Lalla; 4 km W.

Hollybank Forest Reserve: 140 ha forest reserve with Australia's first continuous cable treetop tour, arboretum, picnic facilities and information centre with details on walking tracks; marked turn-off near Underwood; 5 km S.

Mt Arthur: 3 hr return scenic walk to summit (1187 m); 20 km SE.

Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm: this is one of the world's largest single commercial lavender farms; 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla; 26 km N.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Tamar Island 22 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 27 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

Golf courses around town

Barnbougle Dunes Links 33 km

Bridport used to be a sleepy fishing village on Tasmania’s north-east coast. That all changed in 2004. In December of that year Barnbougle Dunes Links opened for play on the eastern outskirts of town – and... Find out more

Barnbougle Dunes Links (Lost Farm course) 34 km

When Barnbougle Dunes opened for play in 2004 it did have a few critics who suggested it was too far away from the golfing masses to be financially successful. How wrong they were. If a golf course is good enough,... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Lilydale Tavern Bakery Cafe

Every Australian town needs a good pub and tiny Lilydale, with its picturesque English-style gardens, is no exception. The Tavern is full of friendly locals and the menu features good old pub staples at old-fashioned... Find out more

Pipers Brook Winery Cafe

Taking a tour through Pipers Brook’s renowned vineyard followed by a visit to their Winery Cafe is a delicious way to get to know this pioneering winery. The location is absolutely gorgeous, the architecture is... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 21 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

Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 2 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 14 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

Bellingham Coastal Reserve camping area 26 km

Between Pipers River and Bellingham dunes, this undeveloped camping area offers a great surf beach, excellent birdwatching and a sheltered estuary with very good fishing. The campsites are tucked into the coastal scrub... Find out more

Northeast Park camping area 27 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

Bridport Caravan Park 32 km

This is like one of those caravan parks you remember from the past, when summer was just sun, sand and swimming. Set up camp among the trees, nip over to the beach for a long lazy swim with the kids, then enjoy the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Treasure Island Caravan Park 24 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

Eagle Park and Cherry Top

If you’re not already in the know, these two places will convince you that sustainable living doesn’t need to be rough and ready. Eagle Park’s passive solar mudbrick house has all the comforts expected,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Myrtle Park camping area 14 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 18 km

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

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

Scottsdale rest area 27 km

At Scottsdale

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

Perth park area 36 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

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