Longford

Woolmers Estate, Attila Bicskos / Auscape International

Population 3030

Longford was established when numerous settlers from Norfolk Island were given land grants in the area in 1813. Fittingly, the district became known as Norfolk Plains, while the settlement itself was called Latour. Today Longford is classified as a historic town and serves the rich agricultural district just south of Launceston.

Visitor Information

JJ's Bakery at the Old Mill Cafe, 52 Wellington St; (03) 6391 2364.

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In Town

Historic buildings These include the Queen's Arms (1835) in Wellington St, Longford House (1839) in Catherine St and the Racecourse Hotel (1840s) in Wellington St, which was originally built as a railway station then used as a hospital and later a pub, and in which a patron was murdered after stealing and swallowing 2 gold sovereigns from local farmhands. The Racecourse Hotel is now a guesthouse and restaurant. Also on Wellington St is Christ Church, an 1839 sandstone building with outstanding stained-glass windows, pioneer gravestones and a clock and bell presented by George VI. Path of History is the self-guided walk; brochure available from visitor centre.

Walk: track along the South Esk River.

The Village Green: originally the site of the town market, now a picnic and barbecue spot; Cnr Wellington and Archer sts.

Nearby

Woolmers Estate Woolmers was built c. 1817 by the Archer family, who lived there for 6 generations. Tours of the house, the outbuildings, the gardens and the National Rose Garden are conducted daily and the Servants Kitchen restaurant serves morning and afternoon teas. Lyell Hwy; (03) 6286 3332; 5 km S.

Brickendon: historic Georgian homestead built in 1824, now a working farm and historic farm village; open Wed–Sun June–July, Tues–Sun Sept–May; 2 km S.

Perth: small town with historic buildings, including Eskleigh and Jolly Farmer Inn, and market on Sun mornings; 5 km NE.

Tasmanian Honey Company: tastings and sales of excellent range of honeys including leatherwood and flavoured varieties; 25A Main Rd, Perth; 5 km NE.

Woodstock Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary: 150 ha sanctuary for nesting waterfowl; 9 km W.

Cressy: good fly-fishing at Brumby's Creek, especially in Nov when mayflies hatch; 10 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Lake River 31 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 47 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 19 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

JJs Bakery and Old Mill Cafe

Since it was built by convicts in 1853 as the Emerald Flour Mill, this place has been a grain, skin and wool store, and soap factory. But don’t let that deter you. It was transformed into a bakery in 1989 and... Find out more


The Racecourse Inn Restaurant

It doesn’t get more romantic than dinner for two at Longford’s famous Racecourse Inn Restaurant. This elegant dining spot serves up some enticing dishes, catering for non-guests of the inn if bookings are... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 19 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 25 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 30 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


Myrtle Park Recreation Ground 38 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


Lilydale Falls Reserve camping area 42 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


Ben Lomond camping area 42 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 43 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


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


Pumphouse Bay camping area 48 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

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 2 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 17 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 40 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

Country Club Hotel

Known locally as ‘the middle pub’ and located in the centre of Longford, this popular hotel has comfortable budget-priced rooms with shared facilities and a welcoming atmosphere. Behind the building’s heritage facade,... Find out more


Longford Boutique Accommodation

With its imposing Georgian street frontage, you’d be forgiven for thinking this 1865 building is Longford’s bank or post office. Instead, it houses an elegant three-bedroom B&B furnished with period... Find out more


Panshanger Estate B&B

One wing of this handsome sandstone homestead is a luxurious two-bedroom apartment, where guests can relax in the elegant surroundings of one of Australia’s finest heritage estates. Dating back to 1835, and set among... Find out more


The Racecourse Inn

With roses trailing over its convict-made brickwork, this picture-perfect two-storey Georgian B&B is steeped in the history of Longford, itself one of the earliest villages settled in Tasmania. Each suite is... Find out more


Woolmers Estate

This grand estate was held by six generations of Archers from 1817 until the last heir bequeathed it – seemingly unchanged since colonial times – as a historic site in 1994. In the picturesque grounds there... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Perth park area 6 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Conara rest area 37 km

At Conara

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


Myrtle Park camping area 39 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.


Jonah Bay camping area 43 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.


Sideling Lookout park area 47 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 48 km

At Campbell Town

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


Pumphouse Bay camping area 49 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.


What's on around town

Longford Picnic Day Races: held at the oldest operating racecourse in Australia; Jan.

Blessing of the Harvest Festival: celebration of the rural tradition with parade and Sheaf Tossing Championships; Mar.

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